Drunken Shrimp

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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2 (12-ounce) bottles lager style beer (recommended: Budweiser)

1 cup water

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

2 onions, quartered

1 garlic clove, smashed

1 tablespoon Neelys Seasoning Rub, plus more for garnish, recipe follows

1 tablespoon crab boil seasoning (recommended: Old Bay)

2 bay leaves

3 whole peppercorns

1 lemon, quartered

1 tablespoon hot sauce

2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined

Lemon wedges, for garnish

BBQ Cocktail Sauce, for garnish, recipe follows

Neelys BBQ Seasoning:

1 1/2 cups paprika

3/4 cup sugar

3 3/4 tablespoons onion powder

BBQ Cocktail Sauce:

1/2 cup Neelys Barbecue Sauce, recipe follows

1/2 cup prepared horseradish

1/2 cup ketchup

1 lemon, juiced

Dash hot sauce

Neelys BBQ Sauce:

2 cups ketchup

1 cup water

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

5 tablespoons light brown sugar

5 tablespoons sugar

1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper

1/2 tablespoon onion powder

1/2 tablespoon ground mustard

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Add all ingredients, except shrimp and garnishes to a large saucepan on high heat. Bring to a boil for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to low. Add the shrimp and cook until bright pink, about 5 minutes. Drain the shrimp from the cooking liquid and place in a serving dish. Chill or eat while warm, sprinkled with the dry rub before serving alongside Cocktail Sauce.

Neelys BBQ Seasoning:

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir until combined. Keep in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

BBQ Cocktail Sauce:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until use.

Neelys BBQ Sauce:

  1. In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour 15 minutes.
  2. Yield: 3 1/2 cups