Barbecue shrimp and grits is one of our favorite dinners! It’s a southern classic often served at restaurants in South Carolina that’s really very easy to make at home!
Shrimp and Grits is a classic southern dish.
It’s funny you didn’t hear much about this dish just a few years ago. I’d never heard about it before our honeymoon in 2006. Phew, dating myself there!
The Mr. and I took a road trip down the East Coast and we stopped in Charleston, South Carolina. The town is amazing but so is the food! We ate at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. where we had shrimp and grits for the first time. It was so delicious that we ordered it as appetizer and then the hubs got the shrimp and grits entree too. For real!
Homemade shrimp and grits is a surprisingly easy to make.
Since you can’t find shrimp and grits on a menu anywhere up north, we came up with our own recipe when we returned home. You can use instant grits, microwave or oven bake the bacon, and cook the shrimp all in under 20 minutes. Stir in some cheddar cheese, a bit of butter, and top with green onions. Boom! Done.
Easy to make yet feels so fancy!
This barbecue shrimp and grits recipe is super simple to whip up for dinner and is a family favorite because it’s kid friendly.
How to Make Shrimp and Grits
Watch this video that shows step by step how to make this easy recipe:
Shrimp and Grits Deconstructed
This is one of those dishes that can easily be deconstructed for kids. Just keep the bacon, cheese and grits separate and serve with a veggies for a complete meal. Most kids, even if they are picky eaters, will eat those ingredients.
These special cooking tools might help.
Try cooking your bacon in the oven. There’s so much less mess than cooking on the stove top! Use a cast iron flat griddle so you don’t ruin your baking sheets. Or if it’s summer and you don’t want to heat your house, you could grill you bacon on low, using a cast iron griddle. Finally, if you’re in a hurry, try microwaving your bacon. It still gets nice and crispy when you use a microwave bacon tray and it’s done in minutes.
What does shrimp and grits taste like?
The flavors of this dish are pretty classic. Can’t go wrong with cheese and bacon, right? The combo plus a little bit of butter really brings the grits to life. Also the texture of the grits really works well with the crispy bacon and plump shrimp. To top things off, choose your favorite style barbecue sauce. I love a spicy, semi-sweet and tangy sauce. You can go with a jarred sauce or make your own pretty easily. Finally sprinkle with fresh green onions. All the ingredients complement each other really well.
Readers love this recipe!
This recipe was first published on All Recipes many years ago and has received rave reviews from even Charleston natives!
Try making your own barbecue sauce.
Want to take you shrimp and grits to the next level? Try making your own sauce! You can start with my simple and easy recipe and then customize it to create your very own secret sauce.
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- 1 lb medium raw shrimp
- 1 cup quick grits
- 4 cups water
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup green onions chopped
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 16oz package bacon
barbecue sauce to taste
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Separate strips of bacon and lay flat on a lightly greased baking sheet. (Use a bit of bacon fat to grease the pan to prevent sticking) Bake at 350˚ for about 15-20 minutes or until desired level of crispiness. Crumble or chop and set aside.
- Peel and devein shrimp. Grill shrimp at 350-450° on a skewer for 3-4 minutes on each side or until pink. (Or fry shrimp in a pan over medium-high heat, until pink all the way through about 4 minutes on each side).
- Sauté garlic in butter, set aside.
- Bring water to boil, add grits. Turn to low and cover for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cheese, garlic butter and salt.
- Layer grits, shrimp, bacon and scallions in a bowl and top with barbecue sauce. Serve piping hot!