Barbecued Bacon Shrimp! The Ultimate Guide!

Barbecued Bacon Shrimp! The Ultimate Guide!

Barbecued bacon shrimp sounds like one of the most amazing snacks on earth. Today we are going to learn how I do bacon-wrapped shrimp on the grill. We are going to make these incredible bacon-wrapped shrimps and then add a sweet and spicy Africa glaze. The glaze is going to go on at the end. It’s also going to be a really great dipping sauce.

If the football season is coming up these are brilliant for tailgate parties. After all, who doesn’t love bacon and shrimps?

You Will Want to Precook Your Bacon a Bit First.
You Will Want to Precook Your Bacon a Bit First.

Bacon Shrimps – Let’s Start!

I always try to get my shrimps from the local provider if there is one otherwise I will end up at the local grocery store. When they arrive they will often be frozen. When you get them home you should let them thaw out. You want to peel the shell but leave the bottom part where the tail is still attached. It gives you something to hold on to. It’s going to be kind of our fork.

Now when the shrimps are thawed you want to take a sharp knife and just kind of make a shallow cut and butterfly the shrimps. You want to be careful and not cut all the way through it. This is going to let you stuff it later on. These shrimps are going to cook fast on the grill because it doesn’t take shrimp long to cook. This means you can’t put uncooked bacon on them.

Using a Skewer is Completely up to You.
Using a Skewer is Completely up to You.

Preheat the Grill

You want to go ahead and pre-cook it a little bit. It’s really simple, just line them up on a sheet pan with foil. Pop it in your oven on about 400 degrees for 10 minutes. It’ll still be nice and soft but it’ll cook the bacon most of the way through. This is going to help it brown up when you get it on the grill.

The initial that prep work is now out of the way and so you are ready to go ahead and get your grill fired up. I use coal so and I am going to create a two-zone fire. First, you will need a charcoal chimney full of hot coals. It usually takes about 15 minutes for the two fires to get to where we want them to be. You want to spread the coal out on each side of the grill. You are creating a void space in the middle and that’s where you are going to cook. The heats going to come from the sides and it’s going to radiate all over the grill. That’s what’s creating that two-zone fire will do. Get the lid closed on the grill and let it come up to the 375-400 range.

This is going to give a good indirect heat that will be perfect for grilling off these bacon-wrapped shrimp. With the grill heating up it is time to make the stuffing. I make the stuffing from cheese that I let come to room temperature. To make these extra-special I use some good lump crabmeat. You will need about four ounces of crab meat in there. Next, you are going to add some green onion, some fresh garlic and if you want to have a little bit of heat you can add about a tablespoon of sriracha sauce. This is going to give it spice and it’s to give it color. This will really bring all of these flavors together. You just want to use a fork to stir it.

Bacon Shrimp Looking Good
Bacon Shrimp Looking Good

Bacon Shrimps – Assembling Them!

Now you are ready to assemble this bacon shrimp. Get yourself a couple of racks and put a small amount of cooking spray on them. This will stop the shrimps from sticking.

You just want to take the shrimps that you butterflied and put a little bit of that cream cheese and crab mixture inside. Next, you are going to take a piece of the precooked bacon and just wrap it right over it and place it on the rack. When they are all prepped they are ready for the grill.

Set your rack right on the grate. The shrimp are going to be looking good and since you have already precooked the bacon it’s only going to need a few minutes. It doesn’t take shrimp long to cook at all. Just keep an eye on them! The bacon’s going to start to brown up and the shrimp will start to turn an opaque whitish pink color. When this happens you want to get the glaze on.

Don't Be Afraid to Experiment with Different Places for Your Coal
Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment with Different Places for Your Coal

The Glaze

For the glaze, I mixed up some apricot preserve, about half a cup of water and some rice vinegar. Next, I added some garlic chili sauce in there to really give it some good flavor. A little bit of fresh chopped garlic really helps as well. Then I reduced it down until I had a thick tasty looking sauce. When you make this sauce (or another if you prefer) divide it into two. You want part of it to be a dipping sauce.

Brush one half of the sauce right over the bacon-wrapped shrimps! You don’t want the shrimp to overcook so get the lid closed and just leave them for about two minutes. When the two minutes are up get them off the grill and into the kitchen.

If your friends and family don’t love these then maybe they need to see a doctor.

Take these up a level by using your own homemade bacon.

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