Brown Sugar Glazed Bacon Wrapped Shrimp are the ultimate appetizer or can also be served as an amazing entree! Perfect for a crowd for a game-day or holiday party or just a cozy evening for two!
If you are like me, just the name Bacon Wrapped Shrimp is enough to send you into sensory overload. Bacon Wrapped Shrimp contains my two favorite food groups: smokey bacon and fresh gulf shrimp. But when you add brown sugar to the equation, well, let’s just say mouth-watering doesn’t even begin to describe how delicious this salty-sweet combination is.
We recently had out-of-town company for the weekend, and our friend Mary brought some wonderful bacon wrapped shrimp for appetizers, which were devoured in a flash. She had marinated them in Italian dressing, and they were beyond delicious. In the past, I have tried my hand at making Bacon Wrapped Shrimp several different ways with mixed results. I was never able to figure out how to get the shrimp and bacon cooked properly together. If I cooked the bacon where it was nice and crispy, the shrimp were tough and overdone and, if the shrimp were nicely done, the bacon was raw. I had recently seen a recipe for brown sugar glazed bacon and after tasting Mary’s wonderful bacon wrapped shrimp I was inspired to combine the two and try again with this tasty combination of Brown Sugar Glazed Bacon Wrapped Shrimp.
The secret I finally discovered to making sure both the bacon and shrimp were cooked perfectly is to precook the bacon for about 10 minutes in the oven before wrapping them around the shrimp. When the bacon wrapped shrimp is cooked in the oven for another 10 minutes both the bacon and the shrimp will be cooked perfectly. The results, oh my goodness, well you will just have to try this recipe yourself to see if I got it right!
We ate these delicious Brown Sugar Glazed Bacon Wrapped Shrimp as an entrée with a salad, but they can just as easily be served as a yummy appetizer. But, be forewarned, make plenty, because they are irresistible!
Besides salt and pepper, you will only need four additional ingredients: bacon, fresh gulf shrimp, brown sugar, and chili powder. You will also need toothpicks to secure the bacon on the shrimp.
If you are ready to get started making this delicious dish, gather all of your ingredients and preheat your oven to 400°F.
Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Place a large wire rack (the kind you would use to cool a cake or cookies on after baking) on the baking sheet and spray liberally with non-stick cooking spray. If you don’t have a wire rack, you could use your broiler pan.
Add the brown sugar and chili powder to a shallow bowl and mix completely.
Cut the bacon in half and dredge both sides in the brown sugar mixture. Arrange the bacon slices in a single layer on the rack.
Bake for 10 minutes until the bacon is partially cooked but still pliable. Cool 5 minutes or until you can handle it.
Sprinkle salt and pepper lightly over the shrimp and wrap each shrimp with a piece of bacon. Secure with a toothpick and place back on the wire rack. Sprinkle any remaining brown sugar mixture evenly over the shrimp.
Bake for another 10-12 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy and the shrimp are done.
Serve immediately! Enjoy!
Note: This recipe works best if you use jumbo gulf shrimp which means you should get about 16-20 shrimp per pound. If you use larger shrimp, you will have to add a few minutes to the cooking time, and if you use smaller shrimp, they will not need to cook quite as long, which also means that your bacon might not be quite as crispy either. If the shrimp are small or medium, cut the bacon into thirds.
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