Use Brown Sugar Bourbon to make the most delicious Shrimp Skewers! Add just a hint of pineapple juice and herbs and watch these disappear! Made in partnership with Heritage Distilling Co.
Summer is in full swing and we have been busy. Soooo busy – more to come on that next week!
Cooking has been taking a back-burner for me as my kids are out of school and home for the summer. I have my older son in a few random half-day camps, but, for the most part I just want them home, playing together and available for us to do fun activities as a family.
So that means grilling – lots and lot of grilling. It’s easy, doesn’t heat up the house and we can cook a lot of protein and veggies at once.
When Heritage Distilling Co. reached out to me to partner with them and create a recipe using their Award Winning Brown Sugar Bourbon, I immediately thought of Grilled Shrimp Skewers!
I played around with a bunch of flavor combos and once I tested this one, I knew this was it and I couldn’t wait to share it with you.
The combo of Brown Sugar Bourbon, pineapple juice, a bit of coconut aminos (you can sub Tamari) and fresh herbs was so delicious, so easy and packed with flavor!
HOW DO YOU GRILL SHRIMP?
The best thing about grilled shrimp skewers is how quickly they cook! You want to make sure that you preheat your grill and have an area set up for indirect heat so that you don’t overcook the delicate shrimp.
Get the grill nice and hot, sear both sides of the Shrimp Skewers to char and then remove the skewers to the indirect heat area to finish cooking.
IS BOURBON GLUTEN FREE?
Since I post mainly GF recipes (because of my older son), I wanted to be sure and address this as I know I will get a ton of messages asking me.
Several major Celiac organizations in the US say that distilled alcohol is “technically” considered Gluten Free because the process of distillation removes the gluten protein.
Most Bourbon is made from a combo of Corn, Rye and Barley. While Corn typically makes up the majority of the mash, both Rye and Barley are gluten containing.
So, bottom line is that if you are Celiac or allergic to Gluten, I would suggest looking for a Corn Based Bourbon or steering clear. If you are sensitive, you may very well have no reaction and be fine – so test slowly and see how you feel!
HOW ELSE CAN I USE BROWN SUGAR BOURBON?
This is one of the best Bourbon’s I have ever tasted. The slight hint of brown sugar and cinnamon make it perfect for cooking – both savory and sweet.
Add a bit to baked goods (hello amazing Banana Bread!?), to savory sauces (think BBQ or marinades!), chili and of course use in cocktails.
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Use Brown Sugar Bourbon to make the most delicious Shrimp Skewers! Add just a hint of pineapple juice and herbs and watch these disappear!
- 2 T Heritage Distilling Co. Brown Sugar Bourbon
- 2 T pineapple juice
- 1 T coconut aminos (can substitute Tamari)
- 1/2 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 scallions finely chopped
- handful cilantro leaves finely chopped
- 2 pounds medium to large shrimp cleaned, shells removed but tails on
Finely chop green onion and cilantro leaves. Combine with remaining ingredients (except shrimp) and whisk until well mixed.
Add cleaned Shrimp into bowl and toss to coat with marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.
Thread marinated Shrimp on skewers, leaving just a bit of space between each one so that they cook evenly. I used metal skewers, you can use wood but make sure to SOAK them for at least 30 minutes beforehand so that they don't burn while cooking.
Preheat grill to medium heat. Once hot, place skewers directly over heat for 2 minutes (so that they char a bit), turn and repeat for another 2 minutes to char the other side.
Shut off the burners on one side of the grill to create an indirect heat environment. Move skewers to that side and close lid.
Cook an additional 2 to 4 minutes until shrimp are just cooked through.
Serve and Enjoy!
DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by Heritage Distilling Co. Heritage Distilling Co. has compensated me for my time to develop this recipe and write about my experience with their Brown Sugar Bourbon. Thank you for supporting the brands that make EverydayMaven possible. All opinions are my own.