A wonderful twist on traditional BBQ Sauce. It’s complicated in flavor. Savouring each bite, the palate sorts through a myriad of flavors as you start thinking about everything in sight that you could possibly drizzle this on. Tart, sweet, sticky AND savory, it would be a perfect pair with duck or pork. Our first introduction was on some cinnamon cured smoked chicken.
We all met up over at Tom and Kathy’s house for a typical Highlands Ranch All-American backyard BBQ. As predicted there were a couple of non-typical culinary highlights that merit mention.
If you’re looking for backyard BBQ menu ideas, hopefully this post will help you out.
Honorable mention goes to the Caprese Skewers. Ever since Tom and Kathy returned from a vacation in Italy a couple of years ago, Kathy has been the Caprese Queen. She served her latest creation; a head of cabbage cut in half and placed flat side down on a silver platter to cleverly display the wood skewers of cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls and basil leaves. The balsamic vinegar was in a bowl on the side for dipping.
First prize also goes to Kathy for her consistently delicious Jalapeno Bacon Shrimp appetizer. We all agree we could eat these things every day, every meal. I’ve made them and they’re easy, just a little time consuming to assemble, but well worth the effort.
Kathy’s Jalapeno Shrimp
24 medium shrimp — shelled, deveined
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
24 wood toothpicks
12 slices bacon
24 pickled jalapeno slices
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbs chili sauce
1 Tbs sweet pickle relish
1 Tbs minced red pepper
1. Place shrimp and balsamic vinegar in a large resealable plastic bag. Refrigerate for about 15 min. Soak toothpicks in water while shrimp is marinating. Cut bacon in half, crosswise. Remove shrimp from marinade, reserving marinade. Put 1 piece of bacon on work surface, place on shrimp at the end, place one slice of jalapeno in the crook of the shrimp, roll and secure with toothpick.
2. Stir together mayo, chili sauce, pickle relish, red pepper and 1 T. water. Refrigerate until ready to use.
3. Broil shrimp brushing with marinade 2-3 minutes. Turn, marinade again and cook another 2-3 min.
Below you’ll find a perfectly dipped Jalapeno Bacon Shrimp – AWESOME