Barbecue Shrimp & Grits

Barbecue Shrimp & Grits Recipe

Chef Tom fires up the Yoder Smokers YS640s Pellet Grill to cook up a Louisiana classic, just in time for Mardi Gras. It’s Barbecue Shrimp & Grits!

BBQ Shrimp & Grits Recipe

Yield: 10-12 servings


For the sauce:

For the grits:

  • 6 cups water
  • 1 3/4 cups yellow stone ground grits
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 4 oz smoked cheddar, grated
  • 2 oz Parmigiano Reggiano, fine grated
  • 2 oz unsalted butter
  • Noble Saltworks Hickory Smoked Salt, to taste


Preheat your Yoder Smokers YS640s Pellet Grill to 450ºF, set up with direct and indirect grilling zones. Place GrillGrate grilling panels over the fire box for direct grilling.

To make the grits, bring the water to a boil in a Lodge 5 Quart Dutch Oven. Slowly add grits whisking constantly until all grits are incorporated. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Cook, stirring frequently to avoid scorching, until the grits are thickened and al dente in texture (softened but not mushy).

Combine the heavy cream and chicken stock in a Lodge 8” Cast Iron Skillet. Transfer the skillet to the grill to warm the mixture. When the grits are thickened and softened, whisk in the hot cream and milk mixture and bring back to a simmer. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheeses and butter. Cover with a lid and set aside.

Thread the shrimp onto double pronged skewers. Season on both sides with the Meat Church Holy Voodoo Seasoning. Grill the skewered shrimp on the GrillGrates, cooking with the lid of the grill open. Char the surface of the shrimp, then flip. Repeat. Remove from the grill. The shrimp do not need to be fully cooked at this point.

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To make the sauce, heat the oil in a Lodge 12” cast iron skillet. Add the onion and cook over medium heat until lightly browned around the edges.

Add the garlic, rosemary, Meat Church Holy Voodoo Seasoning, smoked paprika and cayenne. Cook for about one minute, until fragrant, but not browned.

Add the Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and beer. Bring to a simmer and reduce by half. Stir in the cream, then reduce the heat to low. Add the shrimp. Then begin adding the butter slowly, stirring constantly and adding more butter as it melts until all butter is incorporated. Taste and season with the Noble Saltworks Smoked Salt, as needed.

Serve the shrimp and sauce over the grits. Top the Barbecue Shrimp & Grits with fresh minced parsley for garnish.


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