Bourbon Glazed Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Feb 1, 2022 | Appetizers, Food

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Today on the blog is my Bourbon Glazed Bacon Wrapped Shrimp.  Shrimp lightly seasoned with garlic salt and black pepper, wrapped in strips of thick smoked bacon, salted butter, smothered with bourbon, brown sugar, honey, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and topped with fresh cut chives (if you like chives)!  This makes a perfect appetizer for any party.
I asked Mr. TAL (for those of you who are new to the blog, that is my husband Thomas) if this recipe was blog worthy and he immediately said YES!  So here it is and if you decide to try it, let me know by commenting below if you like it or not.  
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I originally found this recipe via but changed it up a bit along with the name.  I already had a bag of frozen, peeled and deveined shrimp out to make shrimp scampi so I figured why not try this recipe and see how it turns out.  Let me know tell you all, it was delicious!  I was a bit nervous because I don’t normally cook with bourbon but by the time these shrimp baked down in the oven, the taste (which is over-powering to me) was gone.  Between the brown sugar, honey, bacon and seasonings, these shrimp came out crispy with a nice glaze and loads of just the right amount of flavors all combined into one bite!
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I de-thawed 24 shrimp by running them under hot water and patting them dry with a towel.  I chose to keep the tails on but you can remove them if you like.  I took a pound of bacon and cut it into half because I found that wrapping a small shrimp with a whole piece of bacon was too much.  The half cut works out perfectly and allows the shrimp to be seasoned better.  I placed the shrimp in a bowl and lightly seasoned with garlic salt and black pepper tossing around with a large spoon.  Each shrimp was wrapped up in bacon and placed with ends of bacon facing down on a baking sheet.
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Next I combined the bourbon, brown sugar, honey, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and melted butter together in a small bowl.  This created a consistency more like tomato paste which was fine with me but if you don’t like that, use more butter and/or bourbon to thin it out.  It’s always fun to play around with a recipe.  I rolled each shrimp on both sides into the glaze and placed them back on the baking sheet face down again.  The remaining glaze was spooned onto the shrimp.  
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I had already set my oven to 400 degrees so it was ready to go.  I covered my shrimp with aluminum foil and baked them for approximately 20 minutes.  One thing to keep in mind (because I forgot to do this) is to have a dipping sauce there for your guests.  Maybe put out some shrimp sauce on hand just incase :-).  When the shrimp are done, arrange on your favorite platter and sprinkle fresh cut chives over top.  Want to create a meal out of this recipe?  Serve up a side of rice and you’ve got yourself a perfect meal for any night of the week!  
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Want more appetizer recipes, try my previous posts and recipes below:
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Bourbon Glazed Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Sweet, savory, bacon wrapped shrimp perfect for any party or night of the week
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: shrimp, bacon, bourbon, honey, garlic salt, butter, onion powder, paprika
Author: Two Adorable Labs


  • 1 baking sheet
  • 1 Bowl
  • 1 Spoon
  • measuring spoons


  • 4 tbsp salted butter, melted I used Land O' Lakes
  • 3 tbsp bourbon any brand will do
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 24 shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound smoked bacon, cut in half
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  • If you are using frozen shrimp, de-thaw shrimp and pat dry. You don't want any moisture left on your shrimp
  • Cut your pound of bacon in half. Wrap each shrimp with a piece of bacon and lay face down on baking sheet
  • In a small bowl, mix bourbon, honey, butter, seasonings together
  • Dip each shrimp in your glaze and place back on baking sheet. Spoon any remaining glaze on to the shrimp
  • Cover in aluminum foil and bake for approximately 20 minutes depending on your oven


I have made this recipe twice.  The first time I did not have any brown sugar so I used regular sugar and it worked out fine.  I just reduce the amount from 2 tablespoons to 1 tablespoon.
Also, you can avoid a step by just wrapping the shrimp with bacon, dipping it into the glaze and then placing on the baking sheet.  I did it my way because I wanted to count how many shrimp I needed with the amount of bacon strips I had.  
If you don't like a smokey flavor, buying regular bacon instead of smoked will help.  Also using regular paprika instead of smoked will cut out the smokiness as well.

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  1. Carla D Evans

    These were so good! I loved them????

    • Bobbi

      Thank you! And they are so easy to make!


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