For months I’ve seen a van driving around the neighborhood with the name Ogre Sauce printed on the side. While curious, I often saw the van when hurrying to or from home and was quickly distracted by something else. So it wasn’t until I heard from the great people at Ogre Sauce that it finally hit me how much I’d been missing out by not tracking down this sauce sooner!
Named after the creator’s nickname, Ogre Sauce is small-batch BBQ sauce made right here in Charlotte, North Carolina. Now you know why I kept seeing the van near by!
Ogre Sauce is unlike any other BBQ sauce I’ve tried. It’s not quite NC mustard style, nor is it a thin vinegary sauce, but it’s not thick tomatoey-KC BBQ either. It really is completely unique and a complex and sweet flavor to just about anything. Around town I’ve seen it used on hot dogs and sampled as a dip, but that’s what’s great about it- the sauce inspires creativity without having to work too hard for a ton of flavor- because it’s already in the sauce!
As soon as I tasted Ogre Sauce I knew I had to try it on shrimp. I cleaned some gorgeous North Carolina wild shrimp, tossed them in the sauce, then roasted them for only a few minutes until they were cooked and still juicy. Then one more toss in Ogre Sauce and they were ready to go.
We ate the shrimp as a meal with rice and vegetables but I also imagine them on top of a salad or served as an easy hot or chilled appetizer. This recipe is about as easy as it gets without missing out on any flavor. Grab shrimp that are already cleaned and deveined and you’ll have an awesome meal or appetizer with less than 5 minutes of work.
I was provided with a sample of Ogre Sauce in exchange for this post, all opinions are my own. You can learn more about the company and their Kickstarter campaign here. Thank you for supporting the brands that support The Mexitalian.
- 1 lb. shrimp, cleaned and deveined, tails removed (optional)
- ¼ c + 2 T Ogre Sauce
- Toss the shrimp with ¼ c Ogre Sauce. Allow to marinate for 20-30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spread the shrimp on a large baking sheet and roast until they have curled up slightly and the appear slightly pink, about 6 minutes.
- Remove shrimp from the oven and add to a mixing bowl. Toss with the remaining 2 T of Ogre Sauce. Serve immediately.