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  • Barbecue Shrimp and Grits
  • Barbecue Shrimp and Grits
  • Barbecue Shrimp and Grits

Barbecue Shrimp and Grits

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Barbecue shrimp and grits is one of our favorite dinners!

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.

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.

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 cook.

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.

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 without a ton

Readers love this recipe!

This recipe was first published on All Recipes many years ago and has received rave reviews from even Charleston natives!

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This recipe for barbecue shrimp and grits was feature on Menu Plan Monday!

Barbecue Shrimp and Grits


  • 1. Cook bacon in the oven on a cast iron griddle at 400˚ for about 10-15 minutes or until crispy. Crumble and set aside.
  • 2. Peel and devein shrimp. Grill shrimps on a skewer for 2-3 minutes on each side or until pink. (Or fry in a pan over medium heat, until pink all the way through about 4 minutes on each side).
  • 3. Sauté garlic in butter, set aside.
  • 4. Bring water to boil, add grits. Turn to low and cover for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cheese, garlic butter and salt.
  • 5. Layer grits, shrimp, bacon and scallions in a bowl and top with barbecue sauce. Serve piping hot!