New Orleans Style Bar B Q Shrimp

When I prepare New Orleans style Bar B Q shrimp for casual gatherings I always feel like I’m creating an illusion of a fancy dish.  While guest are mingling I swiftly pop this prep-ahead dish into the oven, and within minutes the aroma of butter and spices fill the air.  A few quick stirs, a run under the boiler, and the most flavorful dinner is served family style.

You don't need to use your grill for New Orleans style Bar B Q shrimp.  If you can toss ingredients together and place them in the oven, you'll have no problem making this dish.  This is a crowd pleasing recipe that can be prepped hours in advance and chilled until ready to bake.  It's a dish that should be served with plenty of French bread for dipping into the Worcestershire-spiked butter sauce.  I must admit, this is my husband's signature dish.  I have finally taken the time to watch it being prepared, and take notes for this easy recipe.  When serving New Orleans style Bar B Q shrimp we keep our dinner menu simple because our guest enjoy casually noshing on this dish while dipping bread into the flavorful sauce.  We often serve a batch of this with an enormous green salad, a large bowl filled with sliced French bread, and of course, extra napkins. 

New Orleans Style Bar B Q Shrimp

Servings: 6

5 pounds shrimp with head and tails on

1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

3/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup olive oil

2 Tablespoons Crystal hot sauce

1 oz. packet River Road Brand Bar B Q Shrimp seasoning

3 Tablespoons black pepper

2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

5 bay leaves

1 pound butter, sliced

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. Rinse the shrimp, drain well and arrange in a large baking dish.

3. Drizzle the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil and Crystal hot sauce, on the shrimp.  Stir until shrimp are well coated.

4. Sprinkle the Bar B Q seasoning, black pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and bay leaves over the shrimp.  Stir until well coated.  

5. Place the sliced butter on top of the shrimp.  Bake on the middle rack of the oven until shrimp begin to turn pink and the butter is almost melted, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir well.

6. Bake shrimp for 5 more minutes. Increase the temperature to broil.  Broil shrimp for 3 minutes and remove from the oven.  Stir well making sure to stir from the bottom to bring the juices and uncooked shrimp to the top.

7. Broil until all of the shrimp are a bright orange color, about 4-5 minutes.   Serve the shrimp in a bowl and ladle the sauce on top.  Serve with French bread for dipping, and extra napkins.