Although the title of this Cajun-based recipe is Barbecue Shrimp, the dish is actually cooked, not barbecued. Using the sauce as a condiment reduces the need for a number of ingredients as well as making it very easy to prepare.
The most basic brine consists of water and kosher salt, but because the salt solution is absorbed into the fish, it can also be used to carry other flavors with it to enhance the smoked fish. This recipe works well for any fish fillet or whole fish that will be hot-smoked.
This recipe is considered to be the basic one for beans that will be added to chili when it's served--assuming, of course, that you are a "with beans" aficionado. There is a great debate about whether or not to soak the beans overnight. The only simple answer is that if the beans are soaked overnight, they will take about half as long to cook the next day.
"Chop" is an Afican Slang word for food or meal, and this recipe fits that term because it is a big meal! It contains some of the most basic ingredients of West Africa with garnishes similar to curry dishes--another food influence in Africa. In West Africa, the beef would probably be substituted with wild game, buffalo, antelope, etc. Use your imagination here in North America--elk, venison, antelope, or lamb. Serve the huge pot of stew and incredible condiments buffet style.
Tagines or tajines are wonderfully aromatic North African stews that combine meats, poultry, chicken, or fish with fruits, vegetables and a large variety of spices. The centerpiece of Moroccan meals, there are literally hundreds of traditional tagines as well as many regional variations
Berbere is the famous, or should we say, infamous, scorching Eithiopian hot sauce. One recipe we ran across called for over a cup of powdered cayenne! It is used as an ingredient in a number of dishes, a coating when drying meats, and as a side dish or condiment. Tribal custom dictated that it be served with kifo, raw meat dishes that are served warm. This sauce will keep for a couple of month under refrigeration. Serve sparingly as a condiment with grilled meats and poultry or add to soups and stews. Extremely Hot!
Ray Lampe, aka "Dr. BBQ" is a competition cook on the barbecue cookoff circuit and the author of four books, including his latest, The NFL Gameday Cookbook. The following is an excerpt from the archives of "Ask Dr. BBQ"
Here’s Ray's version of a competition injection blend. This goes well in a slow cooked pork shoulder.
The technique of soaking a food in a liquid to flavor it—or in the case of meats, to tenderize the cut—was probably brought to the Caribbean by the Spanish. A marinade is easier to use than a paste, and when grilling your jerk meats, the marinade can also be used as a basting sauce. “In Jamaica,” notes food writer Robb Walsh, “like Texas barbecue, jerk is served on butcher paper and eaten with your hands.” Serve this version of jerk with a salad and grilled plantains.