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BBQ Shrimp Skewers

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These easy, BBQ Shrimp Skewers are slathered with my homemade BBQ sauce are perfect for any night of the week! If you want to feed a crowd, double or triple the recipe.

These easy BBQ Shrimp Skewers are slathered with my homemade BBQ sauce, so perfect for any night of the week, or great if you want to feed a crowdBBQ Shrimp Skewers

I love making quick and easy shrimp skewers for a lazy summer night. A few of my favorites are Grilled Shrimp Scampi, Grilled Pesto Shrimp Skewers, and Bangin’ Grilled Shrimp Skewers.

These easy BBQ Shrimp Skewers are slathered with my homemade BBQ sauce, so perfect for any night of the week, or great if you want to feed a crowd

Every summer I make a this Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce to use over chicken, pulled pork, or whatever I feel like grilling. Last week, I used it on shrimp skewers inspired by an appetizer we had while taking a day trip out East. It was served with guacamole, and he loved the combination, so I recreated it with my guacamole recipe on the side (calories below are for shrimp skewers only, guacamole is extra). It’s super easy, and the BBQ sauce makes enough for several recipes. Of course, if you prefer to buy jarred BBQ, that would work fine also.

These easy BBQ Shrimp Skewers are slathered with my homemade BBQ sauce, so perfect for any night of the week, or great if you want to feed a crowd

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BBQ Shrimp Skewers

These easy BBQ Shrimp Skewers are slathered with my homemade BBQ sauce, so perfect for any night of the week, or great if you want to feed a crowd – simply double or triple the recipe.
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
These easy BBQ Shrimp Skewers are slathered with my homemade BBQ sauce, so perfect for any night of the week, or great if you want to feed a crowd
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins
Yield: 4 serving
Serving Size: 1 skewer


  • 1 lb jumbo raw shrimp, shelled and deveined (weight after peeled)
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 3 tbsp Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce
  • 8 long wooden skewers


  • Soak the skewers in water at least 20 minutes to prevent them from burning (or use metal skewers to save time).
  • Combine the shrimp with crushed garlic and season with salt and pepper. You can let this marinate for 15 minutes, or even overnight.
  • Heat a clean, lightly oiled grill to medium heat, when the grill is hot add the shrimp, careful not to burn the skewers.
  • Grill on both sides for about 6 - 8 minutes total cooking time or until the shrimp is opaque and cooked through.
  • Brush the sauce on during the last minute of cooking and eat right away.

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Serving: 1 skewer, Calories: 139 kcal, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Protein: 23 g, Fat: 2 g, Saturated Fat: 0.5 g, Cholesterol: 172 mg, Sodium: 253 mg, Sugar: 4 g


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49 comments on “BBQ Shrimp Skewers”

  1. We made this for dinner tonight. It was absolutely delicious! We made the BBQ sauce as well and I am so glad we have leftover sauce to use on other recipes. It is great! 

    Gina, your recipes have helped me maintain my weight loss along with WW for 3 years. Love, love, love your easy, delicious & healthy recipes? Keep it coming. I have shared your website with my WW group!

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    Yoshi Grill Mat

    Any barbeque sauce seems to actually work fine since the grilled shrimp alone taste great. Good post.

  3. Another Skinnytaste hit for my family…and how nice to have a quick and easy recipe to throw on the grill. Thank you!

  4. I have a question…Every time I grill seafood (shrimp or scallops), they tend to end up chewy. I *think* I'm grilling to just opaque and maybe a little beyond, but is there another trick to getting them tender? Or do I really just have to catch them at the right time? …. sorry, I'm a bad fish/seafood griller! 🙂

  5. Beautiful colors…and appetizing..i imagine watching the world cup with these in my hand. Good job 🙂

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    Kate @ Babaganosh

    Looks so delicious. Never would have thought to pair shrimp with BBQ sauce. So quick and impressive, I'll definitely be making this when I have guests over!

  7. This is a wonderful recipe. I do urge you and all your readers to buy Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp from Alabama or Mississippi or any wild caught shrimp — off the coasts of Texas, Georgia, or Florida, as well. If you research farm raised shrimp, you will understand. Plus, our coasts and our country need for us to do this. Thanks all.

  8. Thank you Gina! Your recipes are consistently good and I appreciate one that is a bit easier on these 107 degree days we are having here in CA. I am afraid you have spoiled me for all others. I will not even consider a recipe that doesn't have the nutritional breakdown already done for me. I can't wait to try this BBQ sauce on chicken for company I am having over tomorrow night!

  9. Wait – 6-8 minutes? I just made the Grilled Shrimp/Watermelon salad recipe the other night and only grilled the shrimp 1.5 minutes per the recipe – wouldn't 6-8 be overdone??

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      Skinnytaste Gina

      Laura, it really depends on your grill and flame. I wouldn't go by the time, instead check them when they turn opaque and take them off as soon as they are no longer pink in the center. My flame was a little lower here to avoid burning the sticks, so use your judgement.

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    Laurel @ Laurel Loves

    These look lovely. I always put garlic and chilli on shrimp and never think of bbq, thanks for the idea!

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    Mmm this looks and sounds SO tasty! The Kansas barbecue sauce with the liquid smoke sounds great, those bottles of "smoke" are so great 😀 Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope you have a lovely Wednesday 🙂 x

  12. I love BBQ shrimp and I love this set of instructions that describes how to make this dish, which is called a RECIPE. ����

  13. Do you have any advice on cooking these delicious-looking skewers on a stove or in an oven? I live in a tiny NYC apartment and don't have a grill :(, but I realllly want to make these!! Looks so yummy.

    1. I've done something similar in a skillet, just make sure it's non-stick. I would go light and quick with the BBQ as it smokes a lot!

      1. Great idea! I forgot how convenient that grill is . Thanks for the reminder .

    2. I have an grill that has an electric burner in it. It actually grills food in the kitchen. It is not that large either. Google a electric grill for the kitchen

    3. Alexa – I had to improvise one night when my grill ran out of propane at the last minute and I made similar shrimp skewers in my toaster oven (I have a large Breville one) which I know sounds crazy, but they were delicious. I kept basting them with the extra sauce frequently to keep them from getting dry. Turned out really well.

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      Skinnytaste Gina

      I use my grill pan all year, I have a Le Crueset Skinny Grill, it's small and perfect to make this.

  14. Gina, I usually love your recipes, but this isn't a recipe! You put BBQ sauce on Shrimp and stuck them on a stick.

    1. The BBQ sauce isn't store bought, you actually have to put it together yourself. Not all her recipes have to be too complicated. Sometimes it's nice to have quick ideas like these.

    2. Wow! Change your name from Anonymous to ungrateful. I'd love to see all your recipes posted here…keep your snarky comments to yourself or start your own blog. I completely agree that these quick ideas are super useful.

    3. If you don't like the recipe, you don't have to make it. I think it sounds yummy…Thanks for ALL your recipes, Gina…the easy and the not so easy ones!

    4. Just like the watermelon on a stick "recipe"… sometimes it's just a great idea, not a big execution! (Which, by the way, my kids adore doing)

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      Abigail Stricker

      Well I for one freaking love this idea and as I just happen to have made your crockpot BBQ for the Fourth and need something simple today, this is perfect and I would have never thought of it. So thank you.

  15. Although I look forward to making your homemade BBQ sauce does anyone have any recommendations for a low pts-store bought BBQ sauce?

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    Kate @Almond Butter Binge

    YUMM. Adding this to the repertoire for the holiday weekend for sure! Going to have to talk someone else into deveining the shrimp, though — squick. :

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    Amy @ The American-Made Guide to Life

    Yum! I just got back from KCMO and was just thinking about how I wanted some barbequed something. Shrimp is perfect for this weather.