Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce for Southern Decadence

Saturday, Labor Day ahead. I would say last chance to BBQ if I were still living in Minnesota, but HAHA, I’m in New Orleans and will be BBQing all the way to next Labor Day. For those of you watching yellowing tree leaves with the stink eye of betrayal, for those of you with chilly nights blustering in, heat up the charcoals and swordfight with these greasy kabobs. Wrap yourself with another coat, on the inside.

bacon wrapped shrimp pile


Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce

Adapted from Food and Wine


1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

6 small jarred or dried Calabrian chiles, minced

20 jumbo shrimp, shelled with tails intact

10 slices of bacon, cut in half crosswise


1 cup ketchup

1/3 cup prepared white horseradish, drained

1 small shallot, minced

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Lemon wedges, for serving

PREPARE THE SHRIMP In a large baking dish, whisk the 1/2 cup of oil with the lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic and chiles. Wrap each shrimp with a piece of bacon and add to the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour; turn the shrimp halfway through marinating.

bacon wrapped shrimp raw bacon wrapped bacon wrapped shrimp sauce

MAKE THE COCKTAIL SAUCE In a bowl, whisk the ketchup, horseradish, shallot, vinegar, lemon zest and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

Light a grill or preheat a grill pan; brush with oil. Season the shrimp lightly with salt and pepper. Grill over high heat, turning once, until the bacon is browned and the shrimp is just cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a platter and serve with the cocktail sauce and lemon wedges.

bacon wrapped shrimp on grill me

This morning I made some buckwheat pancakes on a skillet that I used for sautéing jalapenos the night before, which made for a spicy pancakes surprise. Actually, it was fabulous and would recommend setting that up intentionally in the future. I’m headed to the Marigny on bicycle with my hula hoop for Southern Decadence, which is not altogether so different from my usual weekend routine in this bayou paradise (BP). I’ll twirl with whoever meets me there from St. Anna’s!


Haiku #242 August 30th

If resilience

were blood alcohol level

we would all need cabs.

Haiku #243 August 31st

How not to be a

Woman: eat jalapenos,

then insert tampon.

Haiku #244 Sept 1st

Nothing gives me a

heart burn like covering call

in the CCU.

Haiku #245 Sept 2nd


joints are the fault lines to blame

for seismic hip quakes.

Haiku #246 Sept 3rd

My moped commute

Would be slalom, not curling,

Winter Olympics.

Haiku #247 Sept 4th

Second line brewing

Necessary gentleman

sing happy birthday.

2 thoughts on “Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce for Southern Decadence

  1. I’m just going to say that all during your heinous Minnesotan winters we never shared our marine climate stories:-) That being said, you did your time and deserve every ray of sun that falls on you now. Based on your most recent haikus, too bad you passed on women’s health residency….safety first, darling.

  2. HAHA indeed! I’m with your mom – for you and KP, non-native Minnesotans who made it through six (if I’m counting correctly) winters here with your health and good spirits intact, you deserve every year-round outdoor party you can get in your new homeland! Also, LOL at the spicy pancakes 🙂 I was just looking at a Pinterest board featuring unusual flavor combinations, the theme of this Labor Day weekend it seems! And I love haikus #242 and 243!

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