Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

Bacon and shrimp have a natural affinity for each other. The problem is, they need different cooking times on the grill: When the shrimp is cooked to perfection, the bacon isn’t quite there yet. We remedy this by partially grilling the bacon first. Cheesy grits are a great accompaniment. Make grits (instant, if you prefer) according to the package directions, then stir in 4 ounces of grated Cheddar cheese.

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Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds cleaned jumbo shrimp (18 to 20 shrimp), headless, tail on
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (the yellow outer rind)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary or parsley
  • 10 strips of bacon
  • Cheesy grits for serving (see above)

Preparation

1.Rinse the shrimp under cold running water and dry thoroughly on paper towels. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag or a bowl.

2.Make the marinade: Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, salt, pepper, and rosemary in a small jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake vigorously until combined. Pour over the shrimp and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour

3.About 30 minutes before you are ready to cook the shrimp, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 400 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

4.Lay the bacon strips diagonally on the grill grate and grill for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the bacon is partially cooked but still very pliable. Cut each strip in half width-wise. Leave the grill on.

5.Drain the shrimp, discarding the marinade. Wrap a strip of bacon around the body of each shrimp, securing with a toothpick. Arrange the shrimp on the grill grate and grill for 4 minutes per side, turning once. Serve at once with cheesy grits, if desired. (Diners can remove their own toothpicks.)