Grilled Shrimp Cocktail

Grilled Shrimp Cocktail

Grilled Shrimp Cocktail

It’s my baby’s birthday on July 3rd. Okay, so my baby is 26 and six-feet tall, but he’s still my baby. Every year we celebrate his July 3rd birthday with a backyard barbecue, then we bring the whole gang back the very next day to celebrate July 4th with an entirely different barbecue. Yes, we’re barbecue obsessed.

My baby, or as I refer to him in this blog as “the chef”, has requested shrimp cocktail on his birthday menu. I am not a fan of boiled shrimp, personally I think it’s a bit of an insult to the shrimp. I’m sure they much prefer to be served grilled. Grilling just brings out their natural sweetness.

Then of course there is the cocktail sauce.  Since we don’t want to offend the shrimp in any way, it is mandatory that you prepare the cocktail sauce fresh. Serving bottled cocktail sauce to these glorious shrimp is a real slap in the face, to the shrimp I mean.

And just because it’s so darn fun, I’m going to serve each shrimp in it’s own shot glass with a little spritz of lemon and it’s own personal dollop of cocktail sauce. Tell me what you’re grilling this July 4th!

Grilled Shrimp Cocktail

Grilled Shrimp Cocktail

Grilled Shrimp Cocktail 

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Mama’s Tips: 

When grilling your shrimp on long wooden skewers, soak the skewers submerged in water for at least 30 minutes (or overnight) so that they will not burn on the barbecue.

I rub my grill with a paper towel dipped in oil so that my shrimp will not stick to the grill. Plus it makes it easier to clean the grill. Home Depot told me so.

Cook the shrimp just til they are no longer translucent, a minute longer and they will be dried out. That could make you very unpopular.

Grilled Shrimp Cocktail

Grilled Shrimp Cocktail

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43 thoughts on “Grilled Shrimp Cocktail

  1. These are beautiful and I love your presentation! I love boiled shrimp as well, but I always put goodies in the water before I cook the shrimp. It gives them fab flavor.!!! Love your cocktail sauce as well!

  2. Sheryl, expect me on July 3rd and 4th, the shrimp sound scrumptious and love your little comments and photos. I read all of your recipes and truly enjoy the chatter that goes with them. Say hello to Neil for me.

    1. Dolly, you’re so sweet. It would be my pleasure to have you to a family barbecue. I hear that you’re enjoying being a Pennsylvanian again. Wishing you well, and I will tell Neil that you send regards. xoxo

  3. Early birthday wishes to “the chef!” July 4th is my mother’s birthday. We’re going to grill a tri-tip, but may have to add your gorgeous shrimp recipe to the menu for the “birthday girl!” :)

  4. On July 3rd it is my birthday, too. I love (boiled and grilled) shrimps as your “child”, but raw shrimps are may favorite (the red ones)
    Have good celebrations! I hope I will do the same with my friends with an italian barbecue and, why not, with your cocktail sauce :)

    1. The good thing is, I cook him whatever he wants for his birthday, and him being a chef, will cook me whatever I want for my birthday a month later! Win/win!

  5. Hi Sheryl:) We sure like a lot of the same foods. Those look amazing!!! I always make my own cocktail sauce but, I will do your recipe next time:) Not to change the subject I made those Pretzel/Potato Chip cookies because I couldn’t wait:) All I can tell you my campers wanted more:) Happy Birthday Baby Boy! Happy 4th!

  6. Oh Sheryl, I know what you mean about your “baby”! My girls will always be my babies! And speaking of babies, those scrumptious little shrimp are out-of-this-world!

  7. A very happy birthday to your ‘baby’ and a Happy 4th to you all. Your shrimp cocktail looks so darn good, and I completely agree about grilling vs. boiling shrimp!

  8. These look outstanding, Sheryl. I can eat a thousand of them in one sitting. Love it so much, esp. I prefer grilled shrimps to boiled ones :)

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