Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

You know those eating contests you see on TV sometimes? Like the one with the hot dogs, where they eat 200 hot dogs in 5 minutes or something? Why hot dogs? Why not these much-better can’t-stop-eating crazy-good spicy bacon-wrapped shrimp instead? Heck, I’m up to an eating challenge with these little delicious morsels. You sit down with a plate of these and 5 minutes later you’re thinking… where’d they go? And… do we have more?

Don’t let the ‘spicy’ in spicy bacon-wrapped shrimp scare you off. They aren’t scary spicy, not by any stretch. They have just the right amount of kick to them. And a bit of smokiness from the bacon. And a tad bit of sweetness thanks to the brown sugar. If you want to skip the chipotle powder you can, but you might want a bit of color so add a little paprika in it’s place

Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

Don't let the 'spicy' in spicy bacon-wrapped shrimp scare you off. They aren't scary spicy, not by any stretch.
Course Appetizer or Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 429kcal
Author Mike


  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled, and deveined
  • 7 slices bacon cut into thirds
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon chipotle powder plus more if desired


  • Wrap each piece of shrimp in a piece of bacon. Secure with a toothpick.
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Stir in the brown sugar and chipotle powder. Stir until the brown sugar has dissolved.
  • Brush 1/3rd of the the butter mixture over the shrimp, reserving the remainder.
  • Fire up your grill for direct and indirect cooking.
  • Grill the shrimp over indirect heat for 5 minutes per side. Move to direct heat then brush with half of the remaining butter mixture.
  • Cook a few more minutes until the bacon is almost done. Brush with the remaining butter mixture and cook another minute or two.
  • Remove and serve.


You can also cook the shrimp in a 400 F oven. Place under the broiler the last few minutes to brown the bacon.


Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 341mg | Sodium: 1256mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 661IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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