Monday, January 23, 2012

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Shrimp

It's not hard to explain why this is a delicious combo.  To make a healthy version, simply omit the bacon.  Wait, don't do that....

Yield:  4 appetizer portions 

16 medium raw shrimp, deveined, shell on
6-8 slices bacon
BBQ sauce, store bought or homemade
Skewers, soaked in water for 5-10 minutes 

Precook the bacon in a skillet for about 5 minutes, until translucent.  Pour off the fat and dry bacon on paper towels.  Precooking it a bit like this will result in a crispy finish!

Preheat grill or grill pan to medium high.  Wrap each shrimp with 1/3 or 1/2 slice bacon, depending on the size of shrimp used, and place on skewer, leaving a bit of room between each shrimp.

Place each skewer on a plate and season with sat and pepper, then drizzle with BBQ sauce.  Turn over and repeat.  Let the shrimp marinate for 15 minutes or so.  Grill shrimp for about 3 minutes per side, or until shrimp turn pink and bacon is crisp.  Serve while hot.  Enjoy! 

Tips:  I like to make my own BBQ sauce (it's quite simple and makes it easy to customize the seasonings - ketchup, brown sugar, white vinegar, liquid smoke, and spices to taste!) but if you don't have time, I think Sweet Baby Ray's is really good.

If you don't have a grill, you can make this in the oven- 450 degrees for about 10 minutes should do it!

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