May 16

BBQ Shrimp with Polenta & Avocado Feta Salsa + a giveaway.

{Disclosure: I received free samples of Stubb‘s products mentioned in this post.  All thoughts and opinions on the deliciousness of Stubb’s BBQ sauce are my own.  I was not compensated for my time.}

You can’t live in Texas your whole life and not have a thing for BBQ.

Stubbs BBQ Shrimp & Polenta (6 of 6)

Usually BBQ sauce means ribs + brisket + sausage + baked beans + cole slaw.  Except I hate cole slaw.  Unless it’s the Asian kind.  Or the broccoli kind.  All other cole slaw (and potato salad) is wasted on me.  Maybe it’s all the mayo.  Mayo gives me the heebie-jeebies.

Oh…and bar-b-que isn’t bar-b-que without cornbread.  Oh YASSSS, some little cornbread muffins are the perfect BBQ accompaniment.  But if you don’t have cornbread, polenta is an acceptable substitute.  I mean, it’s still corn-based.  It’s like doughy cornbread.  What more could one need?!

Stubbs BBQ Shrimp & Polenta (2 of 6)

So the nice people at Stubb’s sent me some BBQ sauce.  Andrew was obsessed with this BBQ sauce.  He added it to his lunches everyday for a week.  I had to hide it in the fridge so he wouldn’t use it all before I made this recipe.  And if he liked it you know it has to be good because he’s smart and says things like, “let’s drink a bottle of wine and watch a Channing Tatum movie.”  Oh that satisfaction when you know you totally married the right person.

We shared some two buck chuck and watched The Vow.  Yay Thursday night fun.

Stubbs BBQ Shrimp & Polenta (3 of 6)

For this recipe, I went for a less heavy BBQ meal by tossing some shrimp with Stubb’s BBQ sauce and serving it atop polenta and avocado.   Not your usual marbled brisket, but nice for a quick weeknight BBQ meal.

And we’ve got a giveaway!! Simply leave a comment below telling me what you would do with your BBQ sauce prize.  The winner gets 4 coupons for free Stubb’s products + a Stubb’s cookbook!

Stubbs BBQ Shrimp & Polenta (4 of 6)

BBQ Shrimp with Polenta & Avocado Feta Salsa.
  1. 1 lb raw large shrimp, peeled & deveined
  2. 2 tablespoons butter
  3. 3/4 cup Stubb's Sweet Heat BBQ Sauce
  4. 1 cup cornmeal (or polenta)
  5. 2 cups chicken broth, reduced sodium
  6. 1/4 cup parmesan, shaved
  7. 1 small avocado, diced
  8. 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  9. salt/pepper
  1. In a sauce pot, bring chicken broth to a boil. Stream in cornmeal, vigorously whisking the entire time so it doesn't get lumpy. Reduce heat to medium and continue whisking until cornmeal begins to thicken, about 8 minutes. Reduce heat to low and cover. Stir the polenta every 5 minutes while preparing the rest of the dish. Be sure to scrap the bottom and sides of the sauce pan, otherwise the polenta may burn.
  2. Season shrimp with salt/pepper. In a saute pan over medium-high heat, melt butter and add shrimp. Cook through, about 2-3 minutes per side. Pour BBQ sauce into the saute pan and stir to coat shrimp in the sauce. Turn off heat.
  3. Make your salsa by combining diced avocado and feta crumbles. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Just before serving, stir 1/4 cup parmesan into your polenta.
  5. To plate, start with a layer of polenta and top with with BBQ shrimp & avocado salsa.
Serves 3-4

43 comments on “BBQ Shrimp with Polenta & Avocado Feta Salsa + a giveaway.”

  1. I would totally make this recipe with my BBQ sauce! It looks amazing and I love shrimp + polenta!

  2. Everything is better with BBQ sauce!

  3. BBQ ribs to celebrate my brother’s upcoming graduation – that boy loves his pig :)

  4. Ahh, I just moved to Austin this week! I think I’d make BBQ pulled chicken :)

  5. I seriously want to make this recipe! My fiance loves shrimp and BBQ, he would be all about this!


  6. Great giveaway for BBQ season! I would like to make some BBQ fish tacos

  7. Polenta, avocado, and BBQ are my favorites – never thought to combine them but can’t wait to try this!
    I’d make some BBQ pulled pork in the crock pot if I won the Stubb’s sauce :)

  8. This looks so yummy! I want to try making pulled pork with BBQ sauce for a summer meal. I do like your shrimp idea though!

  9. I am obsessed with barbecue sauce! I would put it on pretty much everything! Some of my favorites: pizza :)

  10. I love using BBQ sauce as a dressing for a salad! A little yogurt and BBQ sauce, mix, top!

  11. I would make pulled Hawaiian/bbq chicken in the crock pot!

  12. I’m currently obsessed with BBQ sauce… I’ve been making all kinds of BBQ-themed wraps, salads & pizza!

  13. My boyfriend is finally moving to Denver, where I live, and to celebrate us being in the same city, I would make him his favorite meal, BBQ Pork! We have used Stubb’s marinade but have never tried their BBQ sauce so I would love to try it!

    • You win!!! My husband and I dated long distance for 4 1/2 years…no fun! So glad you two will be living in the same city now!

      Send your mailing address to by Wednesday and I will forward it to the nice people at Stubb’s!

  14. This includes some of my favorite ingredients: shrimp, avocado, and feta! Yum!! Looks amazing!

  15. As a born and bred Texas girl, living in MN, good barbque is impossible to find…unless I make my own. I’d like to try barbeque spaghetti squash bowls with some gr. chicken or turkey and lots of veggies.

  16. Oh man Stubb’s is the best! I’ve only ever tried the original kind but loved it. If I won this giveaway I would want to make BBQ fish tacos… A perfect way to mash together the west coast and south. And speaking of “mash”… I would wanna try the new honey pecan swirled into mashed potatoes or cauliflower!! Yum!

  17. Maybe this is against BBQ code haha but even as a vegetarian – I love using barbeque sauce on tofu and lentils for faux-pulled pork!

  18. I’d make bbq shredded pork for a southern style cornbread, baked beans, and pork dinner!

  19. BBQ chicken pizza all the way!!

  20. I’d make baby back ribs.

  21. bbq pulled pork :)

  22. Oh the possibilities with this sauce!! I would love to make bbq lentil sandwiches, bbq tofu, this shrimp dish…

  23. It’s amazing on salmon!

  24. I’d make BBQ pork ribs

  25. I’ve been meaning to make some BBQ cauliflower “wings”!

  26. I would try out a BBQ Mac and cheese!

  27. I would definitely make BBQ pulled pork…my boyfriend’s favorite!

  28. Stubbs is my favorite BBQ sauce! I’d definitely make BBQ chicken or use it to top pulled pork.

  29. I’ll be grilling some chicken. LOVE BBQ Chicken!

  30. I love Stubb’s BBQ sauce! Especially the spicy kind. I would use it on ribs and chicken

  31. hi, our kids are all coming home for father’s day & thinking about doing ribs so the cookbook & sauce would be a great help, thanks so much

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  33. I agree with Devon! I’d make this recipe or some BBQ chicken on the grill!

  34. It is barbecue season, so this would be used on the grill. Mostly burgers and hot dogs, but also some rope sausage and pork chops.

  35. my husband makes awesome ribs so i would let him use the sauce

  36. I love Barbecue sauce on pizza.

  37. My trip to TX last summer brought back my BBQ roots! I love marinating Tempeh and sweet potatoes in BBQ sauce, but I also love my dad’s BBQ chicken!

  38. Ive been wanting to make a bbq pulled pork with coleslaw sandwich. Love the name of your blog!

  39. I’ma sucker for pulled pork! It’s definitely my weakness come BBQ season :)

  40. Just made this with roasted chickpeas tossed in BBQ instead of shrimp, white cheddar instead of feta, and added roasted broccoli and a ton of cilantro to the bowl – wonderful!

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