It’s Time for Grilled Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
Grilled Shrimp With Bacon and Lemon Pepper BBQ Sauce
Grilled Bacon Wrapped Shrimp. I wanted to make something a bit more exotic one evening and as usual, wanted it to be quick. I was in the mood for some grilled shrimp. I decided to gather what I had around the house before I stepped out to the store. I have learned that if you use what you already have in your cabinets and fridge, then it forces you to become more creative.
In this case, I had shrimp and bacon, what a great combination. All I needed now was a really good dipping sauce. I knew I had some BBQ sauce and since I was using shrimp, I decided to add some lemon pepper to the sauce to make it bit more spicy and tangy.
Now lets first talk about shrimp and their different sizes. All of the numbers associated with shrimp may seem very confusing to you, but actually, it’s pretty simple. All shrimp are given a number in accordance with their size. For example, if you buy 16/20 shrimp, that means that you can expect 16 to 20 shrimp per pound. Read also: Bacon and Eggs for Breakfast Weight Loss
If you are buying 21/25 or 40/50 then that is the approximate number of shrimp in a pound. For this recipe, I happen to be using 21/25 sized shrimp. These are a good medium size shrimp. Since we are going to wrap our bacon around the shrimp, this would be the smallest size that I would recommend.
The first thing I did was peel and de-vein the shrimp. (I suggest you buy your shrimp already peeled and deveined from the store.) I then seasoned the shrimp with salt and pepper. I took a strip of bacon and cut the bacon into 4 pieces. I then took each piece of bacon and wrapped it around one shrimp. I skewered each shrimp with a toothpick to secure the bacon. Once I had all of my shrimp wrapped with bacon, it was time to take it to the grill. Make sure your grill has been preheated to medium/high. Your shrimp are only going to take about 5 minutes to fully cook.
While my shrimp were grilling, I started to prepare my BBQ Sauce. I made some fresh BBQ sauce and added 3 tablespoons of lemon pepper to the sauce. I also added some chopped fresh basil to the sauce. I let the sauce simmer for about 5 minutes so the flavors could all come together. (If you like spicy, then I suggest adding 1 teaspoon of hot sauce to your BBQ sauce) Read: How To Cook Bacon In The Oven
I removed my cooked shrimp from the grill and used my BBQ Sauce for dipping. I also made some garlic toast and served that with my shrimp as well. The flavor of the grilled bacon combined with the shrimp was fantastic. I also loved the combination of the lemon pepper in the BBQ Sauce. It was a real hit. The sauce was so good, I was dipping my bread in it as well.
I hope you get a chance to give this recipe a try, it’s to die for!
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