Figure 1 strip of bacon for every 2 shrimp.
- 12 large (12-16 count jumbo), raw, peeled and deveined shrimp (tail on)
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- Zest from 1 lime
- Juice from one lime (about 2 Tbsp)
- 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder or chili powder (less or more to taste)
- 6 strips thin bacon, cut in half (12 pieces)
- Skewers (for grilling) or toothpicks (for oven)
- 3 cups water
- 1/4 cup kosher salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup ice
1 Brine the shrimp (optional): Shrimp cook so quickly that to help keep them from drying out whether grilling or oven roasting, it helps to brine them first.
Just whisk together 1/4 cup of kosher salt, 1/4 cup of sugar, and 3 cups of water until the salt and sugar dissolve. Add the ice and the shrimp, and let sit for 30 minutes.
2 Marinate shrimp with lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, chipotle powder: Mix together in a small bowl the lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, and chipotle powder. Put the shrimp in the lime chipotle mixture; make sure each piece is well coated.
3 Partially cook the bacon: Spread the bacon pieces out over several layers of paper towels on a microwave-safe plate. Cover with another layer of paper towel. Microwave on high until the bacon fat begins to melt but the bacon is still pliable, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.
4 Prepare grill or preheat oven: Prepare grill on high, direct heat (if grilling) or preheat the oven to 450°F.
5 Wrap the shrimp with bacon: Working one at a time, wrap a half piece of partially cooked bacon around each piece of shrimp.
6 Secure bacon to shrimp with skewers if grilling, toothpicks if oven cooking: If you are grilling, thread the shrimp onto long, flat skewers (flat skewers make turning the shrimp on the grill easier). If you don't have flat skewers, I've used two thin bamboo skewers (soaked in water for 30 minutes beforehand) to the same effect.
If you are using the oven, secure each the bacon onto the shrimp with toothpicks. Place the bacon-wrapped shrimp on a slotted baking pan (lined with foil inside for easy cleaning). Brush remaining lime chipotle mixture on the outside of the bacon-wrapped shrimp.
7 Grill or bake the shrimp: Grill uncovered for 3 minutes on each side (less or more time depending on the heat of your grill), or bake in the oven for 5-6 minutes, until the bacon is browned and the shrimp is just cooked through.