In under 30 minutes, you can dress crispy bacon wrapped shrimp in brown sugar, paprika, and smoked red pepper for a dynamically delicious appetizer. This combinatioin of spicy, sweet, smooth, and crunchy will keep you grabbing for more.
14 slices center-cut bacon, cut in half (do not use thick-cut bacon)
6 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground red pepper
3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
28 large shrimp
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375 °.
Arrange bacon in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake at 375° until partially cooked, but still flexible, about 7 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes or until cool enough to handle.
While bacon cooks, combine sugar, red pepper, paprika, and salt in a shallow dish with, stirring with a fork until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
Wrap each shrimp in 1 half slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Roll bacon wrapped shrimp in brown sugar mixture; return to the same parchment paper-lined sheet pan used for cooking bacon. Repeat with remaining shrimp and bacon. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes. Serve immediately.
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