10-Minute Honey Barbecue Grilled Shrimp

10-Minute Honey Barbecue Grilled Shrimp – Fast, EASY, healthy, ready in 10 minutes, and the perfect way to enjoy shrimp!! Tender, juicy, and full of such great FLAVOR from the barbecue sauce and honey!!

Grilled shrimp have so much flavor especially when they’re brushed with a mixture of barbecue sauce, honey, garlic, olive oil, and finished with lemon juice for a tangy pop and fresh cilantro to round out the flavor profile.

Why Make This Recipe

The recipe is fast, easy, healthy, ready in 10 minutes, and is a perfect way to take advantage of your grill before the weather turns too chilly. Cleanup is practically nonexistent which is another huge perk.

The shrimp are tender, juicy, full of great flavor from the barbecue sauce and honey.

Because I am a fan of spicy foods, I added a couple tablespoons of sriracha to the sauce that’s both brushed onto the shrimp as they grill as well as to the dipping sauce you serve them with, but it’s optional. The shrimp don’t turn out wildly spicy but rather have lots of flavor and a gentle heat. The grill seems to temper and mellow the potency of the sriracha.

10-Minute Honey Barbecue Grilled Shrimp - Fast, EASY, healthy, ready in 10 minutes, and the perfect way to enjoy shrimp!! Tender, juicy, and full of such great FLAVOR from the barbecue sauce and honey!!

What Kind Of Shrimp To Use

For this recipe I used U20 fresh shrimp which means there are approximately shrimp to a pound. You can go with bigger shrimp like U12-16 which are meatier and larger, but also cost more, pound for pound.

I buy deveined shrimp with the shells off and the tails are still on. I could save a little money and buy intact shrimp and clean them myself, saving just the tail, rather than having the butcher at the grocery store do it, but time is money.

I always buy fresh shrimp. I have not tested this recipe with frozen shrimp and while it would probably be ‘okay’, it wouldn’t be my preference for flavor and not something I would do.

Pro Tips For Grilling Shrimp

Although it’s somewhat dependent on the size of the shrimp and the overall hotness of your grill, but generally speaking shrimp will cook very quickly on the grill. Likely in about 2 minutes per side and because my outdoor grill is a serious hot monster, I always need to keep a close eye on things.

There is nothing worse than overcooked shrimp (or lobster) because it’s tough and rubbery and I find it to be nearly inedible. A little charring from the grill on the tails or certain parts of the flesh is okay, and adds a ton of flavor, but just be careful not to overcook them as a whole.

I have not made this recipe in an indoor grill pan but I’m sure you could.

10-Minute Honey Barbecue Grilled Shrimp - Fast, EASY, healthy, ready in 10 minutes, and the perfect way to enjoy shrimp!! Tender, juicy, and full of such great FLAVOR from the barbecue sauce and honey!!

Other Favorite Shrimp Recipes

10-Minute Honey Barbecue Grilled Shrimp - Fast, EASY, healthy, ready in 10 minutes, and the perfect way to enjoy shrimp!! Tender, juicy, and full of such great FLAVOR from the barbecue sauce and honey!!

10-Minute Honey Barbecue Grilled Shrimp

10-Minute Honey Barbecue Grilled Shrimp – Fast, EASY, healthy, ready in 10 minutes, and the perfect way to enjoy shrimp!! Tender, juicy, and full of such great FLAVOR from the barbecue sauce and honey!!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup your favorite barbecue sauce (I use this one)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 to 4 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons sriracha or chili garlic sauce, optional and to taste if you prefer some spiciness
  • 1 to 1.25 pounds fresh shrimp, cleaned and deveined (I use U20 shrimp, with tails still on; you can use larger shrimp or shrimp without tails on if desired)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, for seasoning
  • fresh lemon wedges, for serving
  • fresh cilantro or parsley, optional for garnishing

Directions:

  1. To a medium bowl, add the barbecue sauce, honey, garlic, optional sriracha or chili garlic sauce, and stir to combine. Divide mixture into two bowls (one for brushing on the shrimp while grilling and the other as a dipping sauce when serving); set bowls aside.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill to medium-high heat (or indoor grill pan).
  3. Thread about 5 to 6 shrimp onto one metal or wooden grilling skewer (soak wooden skewers in water for about 30 minutes prior to using); repeat the threading with all remaining shrimp.
  4. Brush shrimp liberally with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Grill the shrimp for about 2 minutes on the first side.
  6. Flip and brush the just-grilled side with the barbecue sauce mixture from one of the bowls.
  7. Grill for about 2 minutes on the second side, and brush the first side with the barbecue sauce mixture. As necessary, continue to brush the shrimp with the sauce and flip every 30 to 60 seconds or until done. Note – Shrimp cook very quickly, especially on a hot grill. Keep an eye on them and do not overcook or they will become tough and rubbery. There is a difference between a little charring on the tails from the grill versus overcooking them.
  8. Drizzle with lemon juice, optionally garnish with fresh cilantro or parsley, and serve immediately with the reserved dipping sauce. Shrimp are best warm and fresh.
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8 comments on “10-Minute Honey Barbecue Grilled Shrimp”

  1. The grill makes anything extra delicious–I’d
    love to try this!

  2. Averie!! This looks so good!! So tempting. Trying this recipe real soon.

    Rating: 5
  3. This shrimp looks amazing! I need in in my life!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  4. thank you for this still summery inspiration! The grill still works in September, so thank you for reminding me and 10 minutes works even better

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