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Saucy Barbecue Shrimp

This old, rustic Cajun dish is one of our family favorites. Don't remove the shells from the shrimp—the beauty of this dish is peeling the shrimp and dipping it in the sauce. We've doubled and even tripled this barbecue shrimp to feed crowds and it's always perfect! —Debbie Glasscock, Conway, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) barbecue sauce
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) pale ale beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 2 pounds uncooked shell-on shrimp (31-40 per pound), deveined
  • French bread baguette, sliced


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender, 8-10 minutes. Stir in barbecue sauce and beer.
  • Place shrimp in a 13x9-in. baking dish. Pour barbecue mixture over top. Bake, uncovered, until shrimp turn pink, 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking. Serve with baguette slices.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 339 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 168mg cholesterol, 883mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • Mike
    Aug 11, 2020

    WOW! THIS IS A ZERO RATING in my opinion!!! YUK!!! ?? ?? ?? Just so you know , SHELLS ON SHRIMP ADD Lots of Flavor. TRUE BBQ SHRIMP has NO BBQ SAUCE on it. Period. I KNOW because I'm a CAJUN from LOUISIANA!!!!

  • Michael
    Apr 15, 2020

    My husband and I loved it, but we both thought it had way to much butter it.

  • grandmascooking22
    Feb 20, 2020

    Very spicy. Just very messy. Next time I will clean the shrimp so they don't have to remove the shells at the table. I also will thicken the sauce and serve basmati along with the baguette slices.

  • deb9962
    Jun 25, 2019

    tasty and spicy....I will definitely make this again..(lots of napkins for fingers needed)

  • ahmom
    Jun 17, 2019

    I omitted the beer. This was very good

  • SuSey22
    Apr 23, 2019

    Easy recipe, great for a bbq or crowd