All Aboard the Smoked Shrimp Sweet Potato Boat
Smoking baked potatoes may be the easiest thing you do on your smoker. Now smoking shrimp might be a little more intimidating, but certainly shouldn't be. Smoking shrimp is very simple to do, but I had a smoker for over a year before I ever smoked shrimp. That was a big mistake. Once I smoked my first batch of shrimp, it became a favorite way to prepare prawns. This Smoked Shrimp Boat recipe is a delicious way to cook shrimp and an excellent way to infuse a smokey flavor to so many different dishes that use shrimp.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 120 minutes
Smoker Temp: 225°F
1 lb Raw Shrimp
4 Sweet Potatoes
1 cup Mayonnaise
Juice of 2 Limes
2 Chives chopped
1/2 Red Onion chopped
Smoking shrimp is quick and painless (unless you are a shrimp), so let's prepare the potatoes for the grill first.
You can use any fruitwood you like for smoking, and the potatoes will pick up the perfect amount of smoky flavor.
Preheat your smoker to 225°F.
Wash and dry your baked potatoes—Pierce with a fork on all sides. Drizzle Butcher BBQ Butter Grilling Oil over the potatoes. Season each with salt and pepper. Close the lid and smoke for 2 hours or until the potatoes pierce easily with a fork.
Since smoking shrimp is quick and easy, we can cook the shrimp with potatoes and have enough time to prepare the shrimp salad before the potatoes cook. I decided not to peel the shrimp to limit the smoke infusion since the potatoes will engulf a ton of smoky flavor. If you want all the smoke, pell your shrimp and bring it on.
Since shrimp are small and may fall through the smoker rack, you may need to line the rack with an aluminum foil sheet. Just poke some small holes in the foil to allow the smoke to flow. I used large Argentina shrimp, so I placed them right on the grate. Apply Butter Grilling Oil from Butcher BBQ as frequently as you like. I usually coat the shrimp before placing them in the smoker and reapply every 5 minutes until cooked.
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