Bourbon BBQ Shrimp

My husband went to the doctor last week and was told that he needs to eat healthier and lose some weight. I already do a decent job of cooking light meals so a lot of what we’re working on now is portion control. However, it’s a bit of a bummer when we get to the weekend and have football to watch. When we’re watching a big game we like to snack on some yummy – and not so diet friendly – foods. What’s a Colts fan to do?? Pull out these and you won’t even realize you’re eating something that is low in calories.

Bourbon BBQ Shrimp
1/4 cup steak sauce
3 TB cider vinegar
3 TB ketchup
3 TB light brown sugar, packed
2 TB bourbon
1 tsp (or more) hot pepper sauce
1 pound medium shrimp, shelled

1. Mix all ingredients, except the shrimp, in a bowl. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Let sit for about 5 minutes in the fridge so the shrimp soak up the yumminess.
2. Heat a nonstick, ridged grill pan over medium high heat. Grill the shrimp until pink and lightly browned – 2-3 minutes per side.

3. Take ’em out of the pan and eat ’em.

We made these as appetizers this weekend and ate them with toothpicks. They were so good! As you might guess from the picture, this recipe makes enough sauce that you could serve this over rice for dinner – which is what the original recipe in one of my favorite light cookbooks: Weight Watchers’ Make it in Minutes suggests. You could also skewer these and grill them – but it’s January and that would require me shoveling a path thru the snow to our grill.

Note on the calorie count, the original recipe uses rice and some chopped pecans as garnish. With those included it comes to 4 servings at 391 calories per serving. Dropping those ingredients and using a calorie counter I’m estimating 8 shrimp per serving, 4 servings total and 150 calories per serving. I’m no dietician but I think that’s a pretty good approximation.

Final note before you run off to check your pantry for the ingredients: this spicy/sweet barbecue sauce would be great on just about anything to which you want to add barbecue sauce. If you like your sauce really spicy you could also add chopped jalapenos or crushed red pepper.

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