Smoked BBQ Shrimp

Anytime I am going to spend a day smoking food outdoors, I often think of what else I could put on the smoker. My go to items are pork products such as shoulder and ribs, and on occasion some pheasant, turkey, sausage, or chicken. Yep, I pretty much smoke a majority of proteins. I do not think I have made any attempts at smoking any vegetables, but now that I think of it, I think I will go ahead and try something like romaine lettuce, or maybe even brocoli when my next session occurs.

Smoked Shrimp Recipe

It was a couple of weeks ago when I decided to bust out the smoker and smoke a turkey breast that I had. A simple turkey breast that I would inject, season with a bit of salt and pepper, and place on the smoker, letting it take on the wonderful flavor of hickory. I was only doing this as my wife likes smoked turkey breast for lunch, so I said what the heck, I will smoke her some turkey. Let me say the result on that one was nothing but amazing. It yielded a great smoke ring and was packed full of flavor, and moist at the same time. But I had more room on the smoker, and as I was making shrimp egg rolls for a party, I decided to skewer some shrimp and see how they would be on the smoker!

Let’s get started.


  • Approximately 40 shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Wooden skewers, soaked in water for at least 30 minutes
  • Your favorite BBQ Sauce
  • Hickory wood, soaked in water for at least 1 hour
  • Smoker

Start by heating coals and getting your smoker ready. Once the coals are nice and hot, add some hickory wood and let it begin to smoke.

Thread your shrimp on skewers.

Add the skewers onto the grates of the smoker, cover, and let them smoke for about 30-40 minutes on low. Turn once during this time frame.

Smoked Shrimp Recipe

When the shrimp are cooked (you can push on them and they should be opaque and not too tough), brush them with some of the barbecue sauce. Cover, let cook another five minutes, then turn, brush more sauce on the other side, and cover to cook another few minutes or until the sauce is nice and sticky.

Remove and serve.

The smoked bbq shrimp skewers are nothing but amazing. They are packed full of smokiness with a subtle tanginess from the sauce. These were a party favorite for sure. Hope you enjoy!

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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