Colossal barbecued shrimp with crab cake stuffing
Andy Husbands and Chris Hart write that people eat with their eyes first, so when they’re in competitions, they use really big shrimp. In industry talk, standard cocktail-size shrimp are called 16/20, which means 16 to 20 per pound, each weighing an ounce or less. Here they call for U4s, meaning there are under 4 per pound. You can also use jumbo shrimp. They brine the shrimp, serve them with hollandaise sauce, and make their own rub. This version is shrimp and stuffing, without brine and sauce.
|8||giant U4 shrimp (each 3 to 4 ounces)|
|1||medium carrot, cut into ¼-inch dice|
|1||rib celery, cut into ¼-inch dice|
|1||medium onion, cut into ¼-inch dice|
|1||clove garlic, finely chopped|
|Grated rind of 2 lemons|
|1||tablespoon chopped fresh thyme|
|¼||cup chopped fresh parsley|
|1||teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning|
|½||cup panko or bread crumbs|
|Salt and pepper, to taste|
|1||cup lump crab meat|
|Butter (for the pan)|
1. Shell the shrimp, leaving the tails on. Devein them from the belly side.
2. In a skillet over medium-low heat, melt the butter and add the carrot, celery, onion, and garlic. Cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl; cool.
3. Stir in the mayonnaise, lemon rind, thyme, parsley, Old Bay, panko or bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. Gently fold in the crab meat, trying to keep the large pieces intact.
4. Prepare the smoker and bring temperature to 300 degrees. Butter a large rimmed baking sheet.
5. Meanwhile, place about
6. Smoke for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the shrimp is pink and no longer translucent, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the shrimp registers 145 degrees. Adapted from “Wicked Good Barbecue”