Hosting a summer BBQ and short of ideas for an appetizer? Smoked Shrimp is the best appetizer you can enjoy before a BBQ. It is one of the fastest dishes you can make in your smoker, which takes only 30 minutes to cook. These shrimp are minimally seasoned to allow the smoke flavor to show, but additional spice can be added if desired. Because of the short smoking duration, feel free to use a stronger-flavored wood, such as hickory or mesquite. Serve over cheesy grits, rice, on top of a salad, or as an appetizer with remoulade sauce.
The best way to utilize the free space in your smoker is to smoke shrimp because they will take less time than the main course and will be appropriately infused with a perfect smoke flavor.
Shrimps can be used as an appetizer and as a sideline with many famous dishes such as Smoked T-bone steak, Smoked New York Steak, or Smoked Turkey. If you talk about pairing it with seafood, it will be great with, Smoked cod or Smoked halibut.
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How to make Smoked Shrimp
Smoking shrimp with some olive oil and some lemon juice will give you the most remarkable and mouthwatering flavor you can ever imagine.
We have smashed one of the best and our favorite smoked shrimp recipes to cook shrimp. Clean and prepare your electric smoker, Traeger grill, or pellet smoker. I am a master at pellet grill, so I will be using that along with wood pellets to give a perfect smoke flavor to my cooked shrimp.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Cook Temperature: 225ºF
- Wood Flavor: Mesquite
- Servings: 4 people
- Your preference of smoker (I recommend a pellet smoker)
- Wood Skewers
- Aluminum foil
- Large bowl
- 1 pound of peeled shrimps with tails on
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 batch of Seafood Rub
- Minced Garlic
- A pinch of salt
- 2 sticks of butter
- A pinch of black pepper
- Cajun seasoning at the time of serving (optional)
- Start your smoker, grab your pellets, and get the temperature stable at 225ºF.
- Prepare the seasoning for marinating the shrimps.
- Add 4-5 shrimps to each wood skewer.
- Place the skewers directly on the grill and smoke for about 15 minutes per side.
- Remove the skewers from the grill and serve right away.
BBQhero Tip: Always peel the shell on shrimp before smoking. It would take less time to infuse the Smokey flavor in it.
Detailed Cooking Instructions
1) Start your smoker and maintain the internal temperature at 225ºF.
Light up your smoker, clean the smoker rack and fix it in. Make sure to maintain the internal temperature of the smoker at 225ºF. Use the wood chips of your choice. I would recommend using mesquite, oak, or applewood chips.
2) Prepare the seasoning (butter mixture)
Take a saucepan, melt the butter sticks, and add black pepper, salt, and garlic. Make it a paste. When done, take a large bowl and place all the shrimps in it along with the butter mixture you have prepared. Toss shrimp properly. After that, add a little olive oil and seafood rub and toss it again.
3) Adding shrimps to the skewers
Before putting the shrimps on wood skewers, always make sure to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes. After soaking, add 4-5 shrimps on each wooden skewer.
4) Smoking the shrimps
Finally, after marinating them, it is time to smoke them. Put a piece of aluminum foil on the smoker racks and then place the skewers with shrimps directly onto that foil. Make sure to make small holes on the foil so that the smoke can flow easily.
Do you know why we instructed you to use aluminum foil? The shrimps are small can fall from the grill grates. To avoid them falling from the grill, we use tin foil.
Smoke the shrimps for 15 minutes on each side.
5) Serving the smoked shrimps
Remove it from the smoker and place them on the serving platter. Place a dipping sauce on the side to enjoy perfectly smoked shrimps.
BBQ Hero Tip: Instead of using skewers, try smoking your shrimp in a grill basket. The basket is so much easier to just throw the shrimp into and add to the grill. It might not look as great on shrimp on a skewer, but the flavor will outweigh the esthetics!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best wood to smoke shrimp?
For fish, I choose mesquite or fruit woods, which also work well for shrimp. If you want something a little more robust, consider hickory, pecan, or maple wood. Because shrimp are tiny and may fall through the smoker rack, you may need to line it with aluminum foil.
What side dish goes well with shrimp?
Some of the best sidelines that goes well with shrimps are
- Smoked Asparagus
- Smoked Baked Potatoes
- Smoked Sweet Potatoes
- Macaroni Salad
- Parmesan Asparagus
- Vegetable salad
What sauces are good with shrimp?
The sauces that are good with shrimp are
- Mango salsa
- Miso butter
- Shrimp butter
How long does smoked shrimp last?
Smoked shrimp can be kept and refrigerated for up to three months.
If you are not in a rush and can make fresh shrimp and serve it simultaneously, there is nothing better than that.
How do you keep shrimp from drying out on the grill?
The secret ingredient in delicious grilled shrimp is full-fat yogurt. The acidity of the yogurt tenderizes the shrimp gradually before grilling and serves as an excellent vehicle for flavoring it with fresh herbs, garlic, and lemon juice. The fat from the yogurt keeps the shrimp from drying out on the grill.