Brining shrimp

Discussion in 'Non-fish Seafood' started by smokingmymeat, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. Brought 10lbs. home from the Texas coast. Plan to smoke some for friends tommorrow night. Doing shell on, do you think they should be brined before smoking to help

    keep them moist. Boy do I like this MES, it makes it so easy to smoke stuff in the cooler

    weather we're having. It snowed yesterday while I was smoking salmon.

    Happy smoking,

      Big AL
  2. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

    Not sure try doing a search and see what comes up
  3. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Saltwater shrimp.......already brined [​IMG]
  4. Guess I'm thinking a short soak. Maybe an hour.
  5. thebarbequeen

    thebarbequeen Smoking Fanatic

    I often brine my shrimp before grilling/smoking. I love what it does with the texture of the shrimp. and You're right, it's a short soak, 1 to 3 hours max. Now, the shell on, shell off argument, well, that's just one of those some do some don't. I usually shell mine if they're smaller (50-60 size) but if they're nice and big , I would leave the shell, but give it a nice split, devein, and butterfly them out a bit. I keep it real basic for shrimp: 4 cups water, 1/3 cup each light brown sugar and salt; just stir til dissolved rather than heating it. After they've brined I rinse and pat / let dry a bit on paper towels while I fix a little white wine based marinade seasoned with whatever - garlic, some fresh herbs, a little red pepper, at the least. I let them sit in that about 1/2 hour and then grill or smoke.  Just keep an eye on them, they cook fast!  
  6. I learn something here everyday. I guess I'll have to try brining shrimp now! It certainly couldn't hurt considering they live in the briney depths of Davey Jones Locker. ARRR now I'm feelin scurvy. Sorry, I went off on a pirate tangent.
  7. thebarbequeen

    thebarbequeen Smoking Fanatic

    LOL, stevo.  arrr me hearty, get your pirate on if ye must, but then you'll be needin' some libations [​IMG]
    yo ho ho
  8. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Sounds like Barbe got you covered.
  9. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Last edited: Apr 26, 2011
  10. Thanks ladies for the ideas. I think tonight I'm going to use TheBarbeQueens

    suggestion for my friends with an applewood smoke. But I can tell you it won't

    be long before I make that N.O. style that you've given to me cowgirl.

    Seeing those pics makes me want to whip some up right NOW. Lucky for me

    I don't have everything I need for it. Two great ideas.

    Happy smoking,

       Big AL
  11. Cowgirls pics always look like they came out of some magazine.
  12. Brine shrimp. Would that be like Sea Monkeys?  [​IMG]

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