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BBQ Shrimp Po' Boys with Pickled Green Tomatoes

Photo: Ray Kachatorian
Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 50 mins
Chill time 1 hr
Yield Makes 6 servings
We've updated the traditional fried-shrimp po' boy for something that will travel better. The secret to a good po' boy is in the bread: Try a Louisiana French roll—dense with a crispy crust that leaves crumbs in your lap. Don't fret if only traditional baguettes are available; they're a satisfying substitute.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons pickling spices
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 green tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • Creole Barbecue Sauce, divided
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise, plus more for topping
  • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 French baguettes
  • 6 lettuce leaves

How to Make It

  1. Bring first 4 ingredients to a boil in a nonreactive saucepan. Strain and pour over tomato in a medium bowl. Chill at least 1 hour.

  2. Combine 3 tablespoons Creole Barbecue Sauce with mayonnaise; cover and chill. Marinate shrimp in remaining Creole Barbecue Sauce in a small bowl 30 minutes.

  3. Heat grill to medium-high; brush surface with vegetable oil, and grill shrimp about 2 minutes per side or until firm.

  4. Cut each baguette into 3 pieces, slice each piece in half, and toast. Spread mayonnaise mixture onto each baguette slice. Assemble sandwiches with lettuce, tomato, and shrimp, and top with additional mayonnaise, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.