We love food that is versatile. When you can have one recipe that becomes a go-to for a quick dinner solution, a perfect finger food for parties, a delicious appetizer, and a beautiful addition to an upscale main course, you have found a winner. That is the recipe we are featuring for you today, Traeger Nation. These succulent jumbo shrimp are flavorful, filling, and oh so versatile. Serve them with grits, or alongside your favorite Traeger'ed steak, or take them to a party to wow your guests. Did we mention they are wrapped in bacon?? Bonus!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Marinating Time: 30 minutes-1 hour
Cook Time: 18-20 minutes
Pellet Recommendations: Alder or Oak
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
Rinse the shrimp under cold running water and dry thoroughly on paper towels. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag or a bowl.
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
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. 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.
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. (Diners can remove their own toothpicks.)