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Tequila Lime Grilled Shrimp (works great with chicken, too)

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  • Tequila Lime Grilled Shrimp (works great with chicken, too)

    Local grocery had 21-25 count per lb raw, unpealed shrimp on sale this week, so I decided that with the high temperatures, it was time for some Tequila Lime marinade. I will also be soaking some chicken for tomorrow's dinner.

    First off, you need to gather the ingredients.

    - Cuervo Especial Gold Tequila
    - 3 to 6 limes (depending on size)
    - 2 oranges
    - Chili Powder
    - 1 Jalapeno
    - garlic
    - kosher salt
    - black pepper
    - shrimp or chicken

    (optional)
    - margarita salt
    - Cuervo Margarita mix

    Let me first start by saying that I am looking for a better Margarita Recipe. I spent an entire weekend once developing the perfect Margarita. Unfortunately, after drinking a liter and a half of Tequila over a 2 day period, my writing was completely illegible, and I couldn't make heads or tails out of the portions.

    Anyway, back to the prep.

    1. First off, slice a lemon or lime into slices. Set back for later.
    2. Pour 1 oz of tequila
    3. Lick hand and pour a bit of salt on it.
    4. Lick the salt, shoot the tequila, then suck the lime/lemon.

    Now, you're ready for the next stage.

    1. Mix 1/2 cup of Tequila to 1 1/2 cup of Margarita mix.
    2. Pour into a salted margarita glass over ice.
    3. Enjoy while prepping the rest of the ingredients.
    4. repeat if necessary.

    Finally, on to the food.

    1. Squeeze the limes and oranges until you have 1/2 cup of orange juice and 1 cup of Lime juice.
    2. Pour into a bowl with 1/2 cup of Tequila.
    3. Finely dice a Jalapeno pepper and throw 1 tablespoon into the bowl.
    4. Now, add 1 tablespoon of minced fresh garlic, 1 tablespoon chili powder, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon black pepper.
    5. Mix it all up, then add it to your meat of choice (shrimp or chicken) in a ziplock bag.

    For Shrimp, marinate for about an hour...too long and the citrus will start to cook the meat. For chicken, marinate for at least 6 hours...I usually let it go overnight.

    Toss it on the grill and cook it. (about 5 minutes or so for shrimp and about 15 minutes for chicken).
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