Tequila Adobo BBQ Shrimp

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 10 mins

This shrimp is a treat. I first had this at a restaurant down in Mexico. The taste always stayed in the back of my mind. Someone else had also eaten this dish at Pappadeaux's and I promised to help find the recipe. I found something similar, but couldn't quite get the sauce right. I must have been thinking about it pretty hard, because I had a dream about how to come up with the sauce. It was a simple solution too! Maybe I should have named this "Shrimp with Dream Sauce."

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Shrimp Marinade and Grilling: In a glass bowl, stir together Tequila, lime juice, garlic and pepper.
  2. Marinate shrimp for 30 minutes, stirring once or twice.
  3. Over marinating will result in a very strong flavor!
  4. Remove shrimp from marinade, and wrap shrimp in bacon pieces.
  5. Thread shrimp on skewers and lightly sprinkle with seasoning salt.
  6. Grill shrimp over medium hot charcoal fire, basting with Adobo BBQ sauce.
  7. Turn shrimp every 2 minutes and continue to baste.
  8. The shrimp should cook for about 10 minutes.
  9. Bacon will be cooked, but not crisped.
  10. Serve immediately and drizzle with additional sauce.
  11. BBQ Adobo Sauce: Add dried chilies (except chipotle pepper) to 1 1/2 cups of boiling water.
  12. Let sit for 15 minutes.
  13. Remove chilies and reserve 1/2 cup of chile water.
  14. Add chile, reserved water, onion, garlic, oregano, cinnamon, and cumin to a blender and puree.
  15. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan.
  16. Sautee puree in pan and add vinegar and sugar, bring to a boil.
  17. Reduce heat and simmer until thick.
  18. This should yield 2 cups of Adobo sauce.
  19. I freeze the extra sauce.
  20. Mix 1/2 cup of Adobo sauce with 1/2 cup of prepared BBQ sauce.
  21. Differing the proportions of the mixture will give you varying degrees of spice.
  22. Use this mixture to baste shrimp and drizzle remaining on shrimp.
Most Helpful

5 5

Two outstanding recipes are combined to create the the most delicious shrimp dish I have ever had the pleasure to eat! The shrimp are marinated in a tequila, lime, garlic mixture and then wrapped in bacon before grilling. The Na'lins style sauce is a combination of homemade Adobo and purchased BBQ sauces. The result is a smokey, dark, smouldering, thick, rich, hot and slightly sweet complex sauce. Grilling the marinated, bacon wrapped shrimp with the Adobo-BBQ sauce produces a layering of the unique flavors. You can control the level of heat by using more or less BBQ sauce. The only thing I would change would be to use a less sweet BBQ sauce - just a personal preference. Dawn, thank you so much for creating "Shrimp with Dream Sauce". You certainly have dreamed up a heavenly gourmet treat.