Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.
Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.
Red Lobster's Shrimp Diablo
3 lb. Large Uncooked Shrimp In the Shells (no heads)
1/2 lb. Unsalted Butter
1 Jar Kraft BBQ Sauce
1/2 Cup Ketchup
1 Tablespoon Fresh Ground Pepper
1/4 Cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
Wash shrimp in cool water and remove heads if needed. Soak shrimp in milk overnight. Mix all sauce ingredients in a sauce pan and stir until boiling. Remove from heat and refrigerate for at least four hours. Drain milk from shrimp, place them in a baking pan, and cover evenly with the sauce. Let stand 1 hour. Bake uncovered in preheated oven (450F) for 15 minutes (less time for smaller shrimp).