Jalapeno-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp with Cherry Cola Barbecue Sauce

Total Time:
55 min
Prep:
25 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Cherry Cola Barbecue Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup finely diced red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups cherry cola
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Shrimp:
  • 16 extra-large shrimp (about 12 ounces), peeled and deveined, tails on
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 jalapeno, stemmed and seeded, cut lengthwise into 16 thin strips
  • 8 slices center-cut bacon, halved crosswise
Directions
  • For the barbecue sauce: Heat the bacon grease in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the red onions, and sweat until translucent. Add the garlic; cook an additional minute. Add the garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, mustard powder and black pepper, and toast the spices until fragrant and deep maroon in color, 1 minute. Whisk in the cherry cola, red wine vinegar and ketchup until combined. Bring to a boil and cook until the sauce has reduced to 2 cups and coats the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, let cool slightly, and then puree in a blender until smooth. (Extra sauce can be kept refrigerated up to 1 week.)

  • For the shrimp: Preheat a cast-iron skillet or griddle over medium heat.

  • Sprinkle the shrimp with salt and pepper. Insert a jalapeno slice into the "spine" of each shrimp (where it's been deveined) and then wrap tightly with a half piece of bacon to keep the jalapeno in place. Secure with toothpicks.

  • Place the shrimp, seam-side-down, in the skillet and cook, turning occasionally, until the bacon is crisp and the shrimp are just cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes.

  • Serve the shrimp with the barbecue sauce for dipping.

  • Special equipment: 16 toothpicks


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