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Firing up the grill is a happy Summertime ritual and one way I love to use my grill is with this Grilled Bacon Wrapped Shrimp recipe. Savory bacon and seafood flavors are grilled to perfection. Give our Grilled Bacon Wrapped Shrimp skewer a try today.

Three skewers of bacon wrapped shrimp on a wood cutting board.
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with some macaroni salad and watermelon on the side.

The shrimp in this recipe are kissed with honey, lime, and a dash of spice to make a great skewer. Brining is a secret tip for great shrimp, but the flavor fusion in this recipe is really what is special. Great for a quick weeknight meal, for your next cookout, or just because you want a bacon fix. 

We picture this dish with a slice of watermelon and a macaroni salad, which is a great combination. Maybe you could our Rancharoni Macaroni recipe a try or an easy coleslaw recipe might be perfect. If you have some people in your group that don’t like seafood, we have a delicious grilled chicken shish kabob that might be great for them. No matter what you make, make sure to treat yourself!

🍤 Ingredients

I mean, bacon and shrimp is in the name, but it does take a few other ingredients.

  • white sugar
  • salt
  • Shrimp
  • Bacon
  • Honey
  • Lime juice
  • Ground cayenne pepper
  • Smoked paprika 

See the recipe card for quantities.

Choosing Shrimp For This Recipe

For this recipe, I am using raw large shrimp that have been deveined and still have the tail on. Specifically, I am using the Kirkland Signature frozen shrimp, so if you are a Costco shopper, you should be able to find the exact shrimp I used.

You might be in a place where you can find great quality seafood and if you are, I would suggest going there. While the grill and bacon may make this recipe a little forgiving on what shrimp you use, the ingredients can impact final flavor.  No matter where you get your shrimp, make sure to appropriately clean them.

I am also a firm believer in using what you have… so if you have some shrimp in your freezer you need to use, use that! There is one exception. This recipe will not work great for precooked shrimp. This does require a bit of time on the grill to ensure that the bacon is cooked and pre-cooked shrimp is precooked. So, you are likely to end up with overdone shrimp if you fully cook the bacon, which you always want to do.

Choosing Bacon For This Recipe

I use Hormel Original Black Label bacon for this recipe. Any good quality, regular-cut bacon should work for our recipe. A few notes if you choose other cuts of bacon.

Thick Cut Bacon

I did not test this recipe with thick cut bacon. I think there is some great potential for this, however, I would have a little concern about the bacon being done. If you use thick cut bacon, make sure it is cooked to safe temperatures.

Cheap Bacon

We did have some cheaper bacon around the house that used to experiment with this recipe. It did not work so well. Because of these lesser quality bacon slices, there just wasn’t that much to skewer through. 

When I use a good quality slice of bacon, it wraps the bacon well and then also makes it easier to use the skewers.

🍲 Instructions

Start by mixing sugar and salt in a container with 4 cups of cool water, then add the shrimp to this brine for 30 minutes. While the shrimp are brining, soak your wooden skewers in water if you’re using them. This will prevent them from burning on the grill.

Next, prepare the marinade by combining honey, lime juice, cayenne pepper, and smoked paprika in a container. Once the shrimp have finished brining, remove them from the water and coat them thoroughly in the honey-lime mixture.

Use ½ of a slice of bacon for each shrimp. It is best you lay the bacon down and place the shrimp with the head side just above one end. The goal is to cradle the shrimp in the bacon so that each end of the bacon strip just overlaps itself at the head.

Then, we can skewer both ends of the bacon, the head, and then through the tail. This provides a secure skewer for cooking and almost all of the bacon will hit the direct heat of the grill.

Preheat your well-oiled grill to 400°F. Place the shrimp on the grill and cook each side for about 4 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the grill once they’re perfectly cooked, and enjoy your delicious Grilled Bacon Wrapped Shrimp!

🤷 Substitutions and variations

For a twist, try using maple syrup instead of honey for a richer sweetness. If you prefer a milder heat, substitute the cayenne pepper with a pinch of black pepper or skip it altogether.

Vegetarian? Swap shrimp with large mushrooms or zucchini slices, wrapping them in bacon or a vegetarian alternative. For a tropical flair, add a slice of pineapple with the shrimp before wrapping in bacon. Mix and match to suit your taste and dietary needs!

📦 Storage

Store any leftover Grilled Bacon Wrapped Shrimp in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will stay fresh for up to 3 days. For longer storage, you can freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet before transferring them to a freezer-safe bag. They will keep well for up to 2 months. To reheat, simply warm them in the oven at 350°F until heated through.

🎓 History tidbit

Bacon-wrapped shrimp is a classic appetizer with roots in American cuisine, often enjoyed at barbecues and gatherings. The concept of wrapping foods in bacon dates back to ancient Rome, where meats were wrapped in fat for added flavor and moisture. In modern times, this method became popular in the U.S., especially in Southern cooking, known for its rich and flavorful dishes.

❓ FAQ

Can I use frozen shrimp for this recipe?

Absolutely! Just make sure to thaw them completely before brining and grilling. Fresh or frozen, the shrimp will taste great wrapped in bacon and grilled to perfection.

What does brining shrimp do?

Brining the shrimp in a salt and sugar mixture helps ensure that the seafood remains tender while cooking. The sugar helps ensure that the outside of the shrimp cooks a bit better on our grill.  

What dipping sauces go well with bacon-wrapped shrimp?

Try serving them with a tangy barbecue sauce, a zesty aioli, or even a refreshing mango salsa. These sauces complement the flavors perfectly and add an extra layer of deliciousness.

📝 Tips and tricks

  • The brining is optional, but I really recommend it.
  • Buy good quality bacon for this recipe.
  • If using wood skewers, make sure to soak them for a bit.
  • Preheat your grill to 400° Fahrenheit before cooking.
  • Using a clean and oiled grill will help prevent sticking.
  • Use a Meat Thermometer to make sure everything is at safe temperatures
Two skewers of Grilled Bacon Wrapped Shrimp on a wood cutting board.
Grilled bacon wrapped shrimp on a wood platter.

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Three skewers of bacon wrapped shrimp on a wood cutting board.

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

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  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 skewers 1x
  • Category: Grilling
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American
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Description

These Grilled Bacon Wrapped Shrimp skewers are quick to make and are full of savory deliciousness. As if bacon and shrimp are not enough, we have a simple honey-lime glaze that balances these grilling delicacies out to make them perfect Summertime fare.


Ingredients

Units Scale

  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 16 large shrimp, deveined and cleaned
  • 8 Strips of Bacon, sliced in half
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (about 1/2 lime)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

Instructions

  1. Prepare Brine: Add sugar and salt to a container with 4 cups of cool water and mix well.
  2. Brine Shrimp: Add shrimp and allow to brine for 30 minutes
  3. Soak Skewers: If using wood skewers, soak them in water, as well
  4. Prepare Glaze: Mix honey, lime, cayenne, and paprika in a container and set aside.
  5. Glaze Shrimp: After 30 minutes of brining, remove from water and add shrimp to honey-lime mixture and coat
  6. Wrap Shrimp:  It is best you lay the bacon down and place the shrimp with the head side just above one end. The goal is to cradle the shrimp in the bacon so that each end of the bacon strip just overlaps itself at the head.
  7. Skewer Shrimp: Skewer the bacon. Place as many as desired on each skewer, leaving plenty of room.
  8. Preheat grill: Preheat well-oiled grill to 400° Fahrenheit
  9. Grill Shrimp: Grill each side for 4 minutes 
  10. Serve: Remove from grill and enjoy!

Notes

  • The brining is optional, but I really recommend it.
  • Buy good quality bacon for this recipe.
  • If using wood skewers, make sure to soak them for a bit.
  • Using a clean and oiled grill will help prevent sticking.
  • Preheat your grill to 400° Fahrenheit before cooking.
  • Use a Meat Thermometer to make sure everything is at safe temperatures

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 skewer
  • Calories: 159 calories
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Sodium: 400mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 9g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 16g
  • Cholesterol: 93mg

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