Shrimp wrapped in smokey bacon make a delicious and easy appetizer (or main dish!), perfect for special occasions and entertaining—only 3 ingredients & minimal prep time.
When you’re short on time but want to serve something special, bacon-wrapped shrimp skewers are a perfect choice. This simple dish is ready in no time and packs a lot of flavor – the smokiness of the bacon pairs wonderfully with succulent shrimp and barbecue sauce to create an unforgettable meal. Surprise your family and guests with this unique dish that requires minimal effort!
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Ingredients for Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
Here’s what you’ll need for ingredients. It’s so easy to grab these few items, especially for a last-minute get-together.
Shrimp – raw, peeled, and deveined shrimp. Medium to large in size, learn more about shrimp sizes here. (If you buy frozen shrimp, thaw it out by running it under cold water for several minutes before assembling the kabobs.)
Bacon – regular bacon. Avoid thick-cut bacon because it will not cook thoroughly.
Barbecue sauce – we love to use our 2-ingredient barbecue sauce, but you can use your favorite.
Here’s a list of the kitchen tools and supplies you’ll need.
- Shish kabob skewers
- Baking rack – you can find cool skewer racks.
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Basting brush
Skewers – we love these skewers by Cave Tools—they are stainless steel, dishwasher safe, easy to store, and have a food remover disc. Just be sure to let the skewers cool down for a few minutes before using the disc. (We also have a recipe for bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers that uses their jalapeno grill rack and coring tool.)
Parchment paper – we use pre-cut parchment paper baking sheets to line the baking sheet. Not required, of course, but makes for easy cleanup.
How to Make Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Skewers in the Oven
Here’s how to make bacon-wrapped shrimp kabobs in the oven.
Step 1 | PREHEAT OVEN TO 425°F
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. (If your oven has a convection setting, use it for added crispiness.)
Step 2 | PREPARE BAKING SHEET
Prepare your pan by first lining it with parchment paper (this makes clean-up so much easier). Then, place a baking rack on top of the parchment paper—you’ll want something to hold the bacon out of the grease. Finally, coat with baking spray or brush with oil to prevent the bacon from sticking to the rack.
Step 3 | CUT BACON SLICES
With a sharp knife, cut the bacon slices into thirds.
Step 4 | WRAP & SKEWER SHRIMP
Take each piece of shrimp and wrap it with 1/3 slice of bacon. Don’t overlap the bacon very much—this could prevent it from getting done and crispy.
Step 5 | PLACE SKEWERS ON BAKING RACK
Thread five pieces of bacon-wrapped shrimp on each skewer. Line the prepared skewers on the baking rack.
Step 6 | ROAST ONE SIDE FOR 10 MiNUTES
Cook the skewers in the oven for 10 minutes on the first side.
Step 7 | BRUSH WITH BBQ SAUCE
Remove from the oven. Then brush each skewer with barbecue sauce. You can use your favorite sauce or try our family’s easy barbecue sauce recipe.
Step 8 | FLIP & COAT THE OTHER SIDE
Using a kitchen tong or oven mitt (so you don’t burn yourself), flip the kabobs and coat the other sides with barbecue sauce.
Step 9 | ROAST FOR ANOTHER 10 Minutes
Continue cooking for another 10 minutes or until you reach desired doneness.
Note: because each brand and type of bacon will be of different thicknesses and each oven will cook slightly differently, you may want to turn the kabobs again, coat them with barbecue sauce, and cook for an additional 5 minutes or so.
Step 10 | SERVE & ENJOY
Let them cool for just a few minutes. Serve and enjoy!
They’re so good, we promise. You can easily change the flavor with different barbecue sauces. Or let your guests choose and serve them with various dipping sauces.
More About This Recipe – Why We Love It
- This recipe caters to everyone’s tastes. With smoky bacon and shrimp, this dish is sure to please everyone from picky kiddos to adults with more adventurous palates.
- Kabobs are a fun dish for any occasion – they can be served as the main course at a family gathering, as an appetizer at a party, or as part of an indulgent brunch spread. We love to serve these skewers as appetizers for New Year’s Eve, Super Bowl, and game nights with friends.
- Maybe most importantly, this delicious dish requires minimal time and effort – a great entrée option for busy families!
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Skewers on the Grill
Set your smoker or grill to high heat and preheat for at least 10 minutes. Follow the same steps 1 to 8 above, but grill at 425°F for 6 to 8 minutes on each side or until the desired doneness is reached.Print
- 1 lb raw peeled, deveined medium to large shrimp
- 1 package bacon
- 2-ingredient barbecue sauce or your favorite BBQ sauce
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. (If your oven has a convection setting, use it for added crispiness.)
- Prepare your pan by lining it with parchment paper, placing a baking rack on top, and greasing the baking rack so the bacon does not stick.
- Cut the bacon slices into thirds.
- Wrap each piece of shrimp with one-third slice of bacon.
- Thread five pieces on each skewer. Line the baking rack with all of the prepared skewers.
- Roast in the oven for 10 minutes.
- Brush each skewer with BBQ sauce.
- Flip and coat the other side with BBQ sauce.
- Roast for another 10 minutes or until you reach desired doneness.
- Serve and enjoy!
- If your oven has a convection setting, use it for added crispiness.
- If you buy frozen shrimp, be sure to thaw it out by running it under cold water before assembling kabobs.
- Because each brand and type of bacon will be of different thicknesses and each oven will cook slightly differently, you may want to turn the kabobs again, coat them with barbecue sauce, and cook for an additional 5 minutes or so.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 kabob
- Calories: 313
- Sugar: 7.5 g
- Sodium: 570.9 mg
- Fat: 22.3 g
- Saturated Fat: 7.4 g
- Carbohydrates: 9 g
- Protein: 18.5 g
- Cholesterol: 127.8 mg
Keywords: dinner, appetizer, shrimp, bacon, barbecue sauce, party food
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