Tuesday, April 09, 2013

What's on the Grill #269: Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Shrimp Poppers

If "bacon" wasn't enough for you, add in "jalapeño" and "shrimp".  This isn't an appetizer, it's a meal, and yes, the name sounds as good as it tastes: fantabulous.  

Grilled Shrimp

The idea for this comes from Weber's New Real Grilling, a cookbook I really can't get enough of.  I wish I had enough free time to think of 1/64 of the recipes Jamie Purviance puts together. 

I initially posted a picture of this delicacy from my iPhone to the Another Pint Please Facebook page.  I tend to do that when my overburdening desire to share something awesome smashes my reserved desire to wait and do a proper post.  

These "poppers" are beyond simple and way beyond great.  Since shrimp cook fast, it is recommended to cook the bacon first.  Although the recipe suggests the microwave, I prefer a skillet on low. I like my bacon to cook slowly and the fat to render.  

However you prefer, slowly cook six bacon strips till they are limp, but not crisp.  

Now, take 12 or so jumbo uncooked shrimp.  I shot low with large shrimp.  Do yourself a favor and get something bigger.  They will be easier to stuff.

Take the shrimp and remove all of the shell, except for the tail.  Butterfly the shrimp by slicing across the curved portion of the shrimp.  Do not cut all of the way through.  Stuff the shrimp with equal pieces of pepper jack cheese and pickled jalapeño slices.  Cut the six slices of bacon in half and then wrap the shrimp in one of each of the slices.  Place on a skewer so that the bacon and shrimp are held in place.

Grill the shrimp over direct medium heat and grill until the shrimp are cooked, about 6-8 minutes.

Grilled Shirmp with Jalapeno, Cheese, & Bacon

Now here is the most important part.  Try not to eat them all at once.

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