Often times, we find the simplest of recipes to be our favorites. Likely because they are so easy to prepare and require so few ingredients we can throw them together in a snap with full confidence they'll taste amazing. So it is with these Cajun Smoked Smrimp. The ingredient list is short, the cook time... also short. The flavor is huge, however, and never fails to please our crew.
The lemon, garlic, Cajun flavor combo knocks our socks off without overpowering the subtle sweetness of the shrimp. Throw these on the grill next time you're looking for a quick-cooking dinner to impress. Everybody who tries them will complement your cooking prowess and it can be your secret that it was the easiest meal ever.
Cajun Smoked Shrimp
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6-8 minutes
Serves: 6-8 people
Recommended Pellets: Alder, Hickory, Oak
2 lbs raw, peeled, deveined shrimp
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves carlic, finely minced
1 tablespooon Traeger Cajun Shake
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
In a large zip-top bag, combine all ingredients and gently toss to ensure all of the shrim are covered. The shrimp can be covered and marinate for 3-4 hours, if desired, but it's not necessary.
When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke for 4-5 minutes to establish the fire. Close the lid, turn the temperature setting to High, and allow the grill to preheat for 10-15 minutes.
Thread the shrimp onto bamboo skewers and place directly on the hot grill grate. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side until the flesh is opaque.
Serve immediately. We love them tossed into pasta and sprinkled with parmesan, or served on a bed of fresh greens with avocados and a creamy dressing. Enjoy!
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Hopefully you are already signed up to receive our e-mails and follow Traeger Grills on Facebook so you can get the earliest heads up on our latest deals, recipes, and specials. If you are already a connected member of Team Traeger, then you have seen our recent posts about our new Digital Thermostat Kit. If you aren't already familiar with this ridiculously handy upgrade, let me be the first to introduce you. Traeger Nation, meet the New and Improved Digital Thermostat Kit:
This beauty includes all of the temperature settings of our original Digital Thermostat, plus the newly added Shut Down Cycle. This unassuming little notch on the switchplate leaves the fan running on your Traeger for 10 minutes after you finish grilling then shuts off automatically. It seems like such a small and simple addition, but this tiny change makes a big difference in your grill maintenance. The extra time the fan spends blowing helps to cool your grill and firebox more quickly, thus reducing the amount of residual ash left behind in your firebox and grill bottom. We spend a lot of time using our Traeger (if you can imagine) and had a dedicated shop vacuum that we used weekly to clean out all of our excess ash and debris. With the new shut down cycle, our shop vacuum sits in the corner for at least a month at a time now. We promise, it is worth every second of the five minutes it took to install and will pay you back in time saved cleaning and maintaining your machine.
So, now that you know what it can do, the question remaining is do I need one?? Our Junior and PTG grills come with the basic three setting thermostat kit (Smoke, Medium, High). Older Lil Tex, Lil Tex Elite, Texas, and Select Grills came with our original digital thermostat kit (pictured below) while the newer versions of this model come with the new thermostat kit standard. Basically, if you look at your thermostat and you don't see the words "Shut Down Cycle" in white letters under your Smoke setting, you are ready for an upgrade.
So grab one today and enjoy cleaning your grill less. You're welcome.
Quality is not determined by size. Nothing demonstrates this better than our Junior Grill. It is small but mighty. The Junior is our solution of how to get your smoking fix on a smaller budget, in a smaller space or just want to add a second Traeger to your arsenal.
The Junior is nice because it can be used for tailgating, camping, or boating. Traeger makes it easy to traevel with the Folding leg kit, or Tailging Kit designed just for the Junior Grill. With it's cooking space, and easy mobility, it's our most versital grill.
Here are the specs:
- Grilling Area Dimensions: Height - 38 inches, Width - 36 inches, Depth - 16 inches
- 292 square inches of cooking surface
- Our easy electronic autostart ignition and E-Z drain grease systems
- 19500 BTU's
- 3-speed Control (Digital Thermostat Control Available)
- Weight: 68 lbs.
Just like the rest of our grill models, the Junior creates excellent tasting food every single time.
There's a whole lot to love about our classic, most affordable pellet grill, our Junior grill. So of course we had to polish her up a bit, turning her into our sleek and even more impressive
href="http://www.traegergrills.com/shop/detail/BBQ155" target="_parent">Junior Elite. She's a beaut that any brisket would be lucky to have.
The Junior Elite still has enough space to roast 3 juicy chickens (292 square inches) but with the added bonus of our multi-position digital thermometer and a dashing and durable powder-coat finish.
It's time to upgrade your Junior and enjoy some of the finer things in life.