Want to wow your guests with a complete meal made entirely on the grill? It can be done. Everything from salad to dessert can be grilled. We made burgers and dogs the other night and I thought it would be the perfect time to to make a spicy shrimp appetizer, Poppin’ Shrimp.
Since I’m the only person in the family who enjoys extra spicy food, I decided to make some with and some without the jalapeño peppers. Hands down, my favorites were the ones with the jalapeño. To cut down on calories, I used turkey bacon and it worked out great. I’m sure they would be even tastier with real bacon!
This appetizer is so easy to make and are great for anyone following a low carb or paleo diet too. I discovered this recipe while flipping through my new cookbook, Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman’s Guide to Cooking with Fire.
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 pounds large shrimp peeled, deveined and rinsed
- 3 whole jalepenos cut in half, seeded and cut into thin slices
- 1 pound bacon strips cut in half
- ¼ cup coconut oil melted
- 1 whole lime quartered
- Soak 8 wooden skewers in water to cover for 30 minutes (or use metal skewers)
- In a small bowl mix together the garlic powder, paprika, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Place the shrimp in a large bowl and season with three-fourths of the spice mixture, tossing evenly to coat.
- Working with one shrimp at a time, make a slit about ¾ inch long at the base of the shrimp. Place 1 jalapeno slice in the slit, then wrap the base of the shrimp all the way around with half a slice of bacon. Repeat with remaining shrimp.
- Thread the shrimp onto the skewers and season lightly with the remaining one-fourth spice mixture. Brush the shrimp gently with coconut oil.
- Preheat your grill to high heat. Grill the shrimp until the bacon crisps and the shrimp are just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove to a platter and serve with lime wedges.
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