Sugar Cane Shrimp

Sugar Cane Shrimp

These island appetizers are the perfect complement to your rum punch at a summer cocktail party. These skewers of marinated barbecued shrimp are an extra treat because you can also munch on the sugarcane skewers after that give the shrimp an added subtle sweetness.

12 large fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon dark Jamaican-style rum, such as Appleton
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon Demerara sugar
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
Freshly ground black pepper
Minced habanero chile (substitute jalapeño for a milder taste)
24 two-inch chunks fresh pineapple
12 eight-inch sugarcane skewers

Wash the shrimp and place them in a large bowl. Combine the lime juice, soy sauce, rum, oil, sugar, and garlic in a second bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and habanero. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the shrimp to marinate while preheating the broiler. When ready, thread 1 pineapple chunk, 1 shrimp, then a second pineapple chunk on each skewer. Place the skewers on a broiler pan and cook until lightly browned, turning once, 3 to 5 minutes.

Method for the Sugar Cane Swizzle Sticks:
To make sugarcane swizzle sticks and skewers, wash the sugarcane stalk thoroughly. Using a sharp chef's knife, carefully cut the stalk crosswise, at a joint, into sections the length of the skewer needed. Be careful, as the cane is harder than you think. Split at the center of the core lengthwise into quarters for 4 skewers. Don't remove the outer bark; it reinforces the skewer. Sharpen the ends of the skewers into points.