Grilled Shrimp Skewers - What can I say about shrimp, except that I love, love, love it. I use it as often as I can for meals and buy big frozen bags of shrimp to keep in the freezer. While coconut shrimp is one of my favorites, I also use shrimp for salads, to make each salad a meal. It's dandy as the meat for stir-fry too.
However, when I grill out, nothing can compete with grilled Jamaican jerk shrimp on a kabob with tasty spiced fresh pineapple. It makes you want to put on your dancing shoes and some reggae music.
You can make your own Jamaican jerk marinade since the main ingredients are spices, thyme, nutmeg, garlic, and allspice, combined with dried or fresh scotch bonnet peppers and green onion. You can add a bit of brown sugar and mix it with canola oil. Don't forget the regular pepper either.
If you aren't in the mood or don't have all the ingredients, you'll find the blend of spices and ingredients already made up and ready to marinade the shrimp.
I prefer making it myself, since I normally have everything on hand and frankly, it's far cheaper, plus I can adjust the spices to my own taste. I adjust the brown sugar for this recipe since I'm combining it with sweet fresh pineapple that already adds sweetness.
This is such a quick recipe, it's hard to beat on a hot summer day. All you do is marinade the shrimp, put it on a stick, alternating it with pineapple and let the grill do the work, while you sip the cool drink of your choice. You can use paper plates, serve a side salad, chips and dip, grill corn or wrap a potato in foil and throw it on the grill and you have a supper with very few dishes.
Any meal that doesn't require a huge effort either on the preparation end or clean up side is a special one in my book. It's the perfect meal for the end of a hot busy day and everyone will love it. It's a great addition to a barbecue, but is so simple, you can use it to make any day a special celebration.