Sunday, December 9, 2012

Grilled Shrimp with Whiskey Sauce

After almost 5 years of stubbornness, I am finally replacing the gasket on my Big Green Egg.

Speaking of stubborn, the hardest part is getting the old gasket remains off.

It has worked well with a compromised (i.e. pretty much non-existent) seal but I was going to fix the alignment of the dome top so I figured I might as well fix the seal too.  I got the Egg taken apart and the old gasket off last night.  Today I'll put the new Rutland gasket on using Permatex Copper for adhesive.  

So while my Egg was out of commission, I used Alexis' Egg to grill these quick and tasty shrimp skewers on an absolutely gorgeous Saturday.


Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Whiskey Sauce

by www.nibblemethis.com
Prep Time: 10
Cook Time: 10

Ingredients (6 skewers)
  • 36 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup Kramer's BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup whiskey
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 tsp spice rub
Instructions
  1. Mix the bbq sauce, whiskey, green onion, and garlic together and pour over the shrimp. Allow to marinate for 45 minutes while you preheat the grill.
  2. Remove shrimp from marinade (reserve the marinade) and place on 6 bbq skewers. Season both sides with spice rub. For the spice rub, use your favorite seafood rub (Dizzy Pig Raging River, Old Bay, etc). I made a quick one of 3/4 tsp kosher salt, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp each of pepper, garlic powder, and chili powder.
  3. Bring the reserved marinade to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. On a medium-hot (400f) grill, grill the shrimp 1-2 minutes per side until cooked through. Brush with the marinade during the the last minute.
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Shrimp takes almost no time to marinade.

It also cooks super fast so have everything you will need within arms reach.

After glazing, you want to leave them on just long enough to get the glaze to "set" or cook on.

Garnish with extra green onion if desired.

Kramer's BBQ Sauce
I recently received a set of Kramer's Gourmet Foods wing rubs and BBQ sauce to try out.  

The shrimp aren't the only things I've tired, I've also made a couple of batches of wings, some thin pork chops, and smoked a rack of ribs.  Overall, I was impressed with both the sauce and the rubs.


Alexis and I thought the packaging is catchy.  As you can see, it comes in a glass beer bottle and comes with a cork stopper for once you crack it open.  The labeling is a clean design with simple graphics.  The one downside to the packaging is the 12 oz size is smaller than most and the cost per ounce higher. 

The ingredient list is regular kitchen stuff and free of chemicals that I can't pronounce, that's always a good sign for a bbq sauce.  The sauce has a good consistency, slightly thinner than most, which I like.  You can see the sauce is loaded with the oregano, pepper, and other herbs and spices.  Straight out of the jar, the sauce is sweet with a transition through vinegar and finishes with a spicy kick.

The sauce rocks on grilled wings especially in cahoots with the wing rub.  It hits so many flavor notes it's a symphony.   The boys and I devoured both batches and gave it 100% approval.  


For the ribs, I smoked a rack of pork spare ribs using cherry wood and the rub I used was Draper's AP rub.  I used the Kramer's BBQ sauce as a glaze during the last 20 minutes and then also used drizzled some over the sliced ribs.  
 


I thought it added a lot of heat to the ribs but my son didn't think it was too spicy.  While it was still sweet and spicy, it was just okay on the ribs.  I think it would go better on beef ribs and brisket.  That would make sense, since this sauce has Texas roots.

So just when I thought maybe the sauce is just for chicken and beef, I tried it as a mop on thin grilled pork chops and it was excellent.   It delivered a river of flavor that made the pork chops mouth watering good.   We had guests over and they liked it too.  I think the ribs were maybe an anomaly because the sauce does work on pork too.

We also did a side by side taste test using the three Kramer's wing rubs.  They have three of them, one for every heat tolerance level.


Easy Pickin' - a mild rub with flavor but not a lot of heat.  Lots of visible spices and herbs added texture to the wings.  

Finger Lickin' - my favorite of the three and I would definitely use this regularly.  It has all of the flavor and texture of Easy Pickin' but they turn up the heat and add a little ghost chile.  

What Was I Thinkin' - This one is all about the heat with a heaping dose of the ghost chile.  It has visibly less herbs in it and that shows in the final product.

Kramer's Gourmet Foods started just 2 years ago but they are definitely doing things right with these products.  Like most start ups, you probably won't find them on your store shelves.  You can order online at their website.   UPDATE:  Kramer's has offered a 15% discount.  Just use the code NIBBLE at check out. 

18 comments:

  1. It may come out of a jar, but it looks pretty darned good.

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  2. That's some fine looking shrimp Chris. I spent most of my working life in the maintenance business and now I hate to do it.

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  3. There is not a single thing in this post that does not look amazing...it's all making my mouth water! And I do love that packaging - very cute!

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  4. Nicely done on the shrimp, Chris... looks like perfection!!
    I love trying sauces on different types of meats.. it's amazing how much it changes from meat to meat.

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  5. Drooling here :) Those shrimp look amazing. The sauce sounds wonderful!

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  6. This has me drooling for sure. And that sauce is a must try!

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  7. There's nothing wrong with adding whiskey to a bbq sauce. One of my favorites is a Tequilla BBQ sauce from a local pub. But I can't get them to share the recipe. After much cajoling, they gave me the ingredient list, but not the quantities. Sounds like a job for "NibbleMeThis Man"!

    As for the Kramer's Wing Rubs - as good as all 3 of them are, I agree with you that the middle-of-the-road Finger Lickin' is the best all around rub. It pairs amazingly well with Kramer's new BBQ Sauce.

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  8. GOOD LORD the shrimp look amazing. The ribs and wings are also making my mouth water. I think I would like the Finger Lickin' best too.

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  9. Sigh... pretty jealous of that big green egg.

    The Shrimp skewers look ridiculously divine--I believe we will be grilling tonight. :)

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  10. The shrimp look incredibly good! Love that whiskey glaze! I like the sound of the Kramer's products too without a lot of chemicals and crap.

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  11. What are you trying to do here...it's like a triple threat! Shrimp, wings, and ribs. Seriously now!

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  12. This all looks delicious and that shrimp has my mouth watering! Way to go finishing up the egg repair too.

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  13. I'm generally resistant to change also...and seriously if it's only moderately broken then why fix it! I'm glad everything is in working order again though so you can keep on making such tasty looking food!

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  14. Thanks for the review! Your pictures are making me hungry! I'm glad you enjoyed the sauce! Your Readers and Fans can take off 15% by using the code NIBBLE at checkout!

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  15. Why change the gasket? WHY?! WHY FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WHY??!?

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  16. The shrimp looks delicious, and I love the review about the BBQ sauce and rubs!



    Kim in MD

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  17. I am going right now and get a couple of # of shrimp .....yummmmm

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