Maple Bourbon Marinated Grilled Shrimp Kabobs

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Easy recipe for grilled shrimp kabobs marinated with the most delicious, two ingredient, maple bourbon grilled shrimp marinade, then skewered with pineapple chunks and thrown on the grill.

maple bourbon grilled shrimp kabobs with pineapple on a cookie sheet

We’ve been a huge fan of the flavor that maple syrup and bourbon give together, especially since we shared the recipe for our Maple Bourbon Brined Turkey. We had to give a similar (but much simpler) glaze a try with our grilled shrimp kabobs

Shrimp is so easy to make, I don’t know why we haven’t shared more easy shrimp recipes. But get ready because I have a feeling we’ll be sharing more in the near future.

up close shrimp kabobs with pineapple grilled and placed on a cookie sheet

I’m not quite sure how to describe the flavor that maple and bourbon give together. It’s slightly sweet, slightly tangy. 

Our grilled shrimp marinade is as simple and easy as 2 ingredients. And just in case you’re wondering where to buy shrimp if you don’t live near a coast… We bought frozen, already cooked shrimp at Aldi, $4.99 for a 12-ounce bag.

How to make a simple grilled shrimp marinade:

You’ll need 2 ingredients for this simple marinade recipe… Real maple syrup (make sure it’s real) and bourbon. If you’re not sure where to buy bourbon, Saucey will deliver it right to your home.

maple bourbon marinade for grilled shrimp recipe
  • Mix the maple syrup and bourbon together in a bowl.
  • Then pour into a gallon-sized bag with your shrimp (about two 12-ounce bags of already cooked shrimp).
  • Seal the bag and allow the shrimp to soak in the mixture for 20 to 25 minutes in the refrigerator.
soak shrimp in grilled shrimp marinade in gallon bag

Meanwhile, get the grill heated up and going; we prefer using a charcoal grill, but you can use any type of grill.

Tips for how to make grilled shrimp kabobs:

Gather the rest of your ingredients… You’ll need the marinated shrimp, fresh pineapple chunks, and optional cayenne pepper.

add marinated shrimp and pineapple chunks to skewers for shrimp kabobs

Take your skewers and alternate adding the marinated shrimp and pineapple chunks to each skewer. 

grilling marinated shrimp kabobs on a charcoal grill

Once your skewers are filled with shrimp and fresh pineapple chunks, place them on the already heated grill. 

grilled shrimp recipe for maple bourbon grilled shrimp kabobs sprinkled with cayenne pepper on the grill

Sprinkle a bit of cayenne pepper on the kabobs… This step is optional but adds a little spicy taste. 

brushing a maple bourbon grilled shrimp marinade or glaze on shrimp kabobs on the charcoal grill

Brush a bit of the marinade on when the shrimp kabobs begin to cook, and grill on high for 5 to 7 minutes per side. 

maple bourbon grilled shrimp kabobs, easy shrimp recipe

And that’s really all there is to this grilled shrimp recipe. Easy peasy! 

More grilling recipes you may enjoy:

Tools you may need to make shrimp kabobs:

grilled maple bourbon shrimp kabobs with pineapple chunks and bits of parsley

Mixing Bowl – A medium sized bowl will come in handy for mixing the maple syrup and bourbon together before pouring it over the shrimp in a gallon-sized bag.
Charcoal Grill or Gas Grill – We love using our charcoal grill.
Skewers – You’ll need skewers to make kabobs; we have metal skewers similar to this, and they’re so easy to use.
Grilling Tongs – You’ll need tongs to turn the shrimp kabobs on the grill.
Basting Brush – to brush on the maple bourbon grilled shrimp marinade. 

Maple Bourbon Marinated Grilled Shrimp Kabobs

Easy recipe for grilled shrimp kabobs marinated with the most delicious, two ingredient, maple bourbon grilled shrimp marinade, then skewered with pineapple chunks and thrown on the grill.

Course Appetizer, main dish
Cuisine Appetizer, Main Dish
Keyword grilled shrimp marinade, shrimp kabobs
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Mix the maple syrup and bourbon together in a bowl.

  2. Then pour the mixture into a gallon-sized bag with the thawed shrimp.

  3. Seal the bag and allow the shrimp to soak in the mixture for 20 to 25 minutes in the refrigerator.

  4. Meanwhile, heat up the grill; we prefer using a charcoal grill, but you can use any type of grill

  5. Take your skewers and alternate adding the marinated shrimp and pineapple chunks to each skewer.

  6. Once your skewers are filled with shrimp and fresh pineapple chunks, place them on the already heated grill.

  7. Sprinkle a bit of cayenne pepper on the kabobs… This step is optional but adds a little spicy taste.

  8. Brush a bit of the marinade on when the shrimp kabobs begin to cook, and grill on high for 5 to 7 minutes per side. The shrimp and pineapple will start to blacken up just a bit.

  9. Once the shrimp are cooked through, remove from the grill and serve immediately with your favorite sauce.

Maple Bourbon Marinated Grilled Shrimp Kabobs easy shrimp recipe
Maple Bourbon Grilled Shrimp Kabobs
easy maple bourbon grilled shrimp kabobs recipe

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