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Citrus-Marinated Smoked Shrimp

Yield 8 appetizer servings

Ingredients

  • Maple or cherry wood chunks
  • 2 pounds unpeeled, jumbo fresh shrimp
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • Garnishes: orange slices, fresh thyme sprigs

How to Make It

  1. Soak wood chunks in water to cover at least 30 minutes.

  2. Devein shrimp, if desired. Place shrimp in a shallow dish or large heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag. Stir together orange juice and next 4 ingredients; pour over shrimp, stirring to coat. Cover or seal, and chill 1 hour. Drain, reserving marinade.

  3. Prepare charcoal fire in smoker; let burn 15 to 20 minutes. Drain chunks, and place on coals. Place water pan in smoker; add orange slices. Add water to fill line. Coat rack with cooking spray; place in smoker.

  4. Place shrimp on upper rack; cover with smoker lid. Cook 45 minutes.

  5. Bring marinade to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 5 to 7 minutes or until reduced by half. Serve with shrimp. Garnish, if desired.