Primal Grill with Steven Raichlen
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Primal Grill is filmed at Esplendor Resort in Rio Rico.
Episode: 112 :: TAILGATING: GAMES ON!
buffa-cue shrimp
Source: Adapted from BBQ USA by Steven Raichlen (Workman Publishing, 2003)
Method: Direct Grilling
Serves: Makes about 32 pieces, serving 8 as an appetizer
30 minutes to 1 hour for marinating the shrimp
Category: Seafood
For the shrimp and marinade:

24 jumbo shrimp (about 2 pounds), shelled and deveined
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons coarse salt (kosher or sea)
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the mop sauce:

8 tablespoons (1 stick) salted butter
1/2 cup Louisiana-style hot sauce, such as Franks or Crystal, or your
favorite hot sauce

For serving:

Maytag Blue Cheese Sauce (recipe follows)
Celery sticks
Sliced French bread or garlic bread

Other Items Needed:
8 8-inch bamboo skewers, soaked in water 1 hour to cover, then drained; a grill shield or a piece of aluminum foil as wide as the grill, and folded in thirds lengthwise (to protect the ends of the skewers); or a vegetable grilling grate

Rinse the shrimp under cold running water, then blot dry with paper towels.

Make the marinade: Whisk together the lemon juice, oil, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large nonreactive mixing bowl. Stir in the shrimp and let marinate in the refrigerator, covered, for 30 minutes to 1 hour. (Alternatively, put shrimp and marinade in a large resealable plastic bag.)

Make the mop sauce: Just before setting up the grill, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir in the hot sauce. Reserve 1/2 of the sauce for serving.

Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat to high.

When ready to cook, drain the marinade off the shrimp and discard the marinade. Thread three shrimp on each skewer, inserting it near the head and tail ends so that the shrimp curls like the letter C. Brush and oil the grill grate. Position the grill shield or the aluminum foil shield toward the front edge of the grill. Arrange the skewered shrimp on the hot grate so that the shrimp are over the fire but the exposed ends of the skewers are on top of the shield to keep them from burning. (If using a vegetable grill grate, preheat the grate and arrange shrimp in it.)

Grill the shrimp until just cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Mop the shrimp with 1/2 of the mop sauce. When done, the shrimp will turn a pinkish white and feel firm to the touch.

To serve, unskewer the shrimp, place in a large bowl, and pour the reserved mop sauce over them. Toss gently. Serve with Maytag Blue Cheese Sauce, celery sticks, and crusty bread.
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