Prep Time:  20 mins
Cook Time:  25 mins
Total Time:  45 mins
Servings:  10
Bloody Mary Shrimp Platter next to an image of Brad Prose

Spicy, zesty tastes are a serious love of our friend Brad Prose from Chiles and Smoke (after all, it's in the name). With this refreshing appetizer, he brings the flavors of classic BBQ and Bloody Marys together for a delicious platter that thinks the fun stuff is well off the beaten path. Contrasting sweet, hot shrimp with crispy-grilled bacon, simply garnish the dish with the fresh pops of cornichons, celery and blue cheese for a burst of flavorful fun that'll stun the group. Grab a small fork, get a drink, and relax!


Ingredients for Shrimp Platter

  • 2 lb shelled shrimp, large or jumbo
  • 1 pack bacon, thick-cut
  • Kansas City rub
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4-5 stalks celery
  • Blue cheese crumbles
  • Cornichons

Ingredients for Blood Mary Butter Sauce

  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 2 Tbsp tomato puree
  • 4 tsp hot sauce
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp prepared horseradish (or grated)
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated

Items You'll Need


  1. If you plan to skewer the shrimp, and want to use wooden skewers, consider soaking them in water for 10–30 minutes before you begin. This will limit cooking your wood along with the shrimp.
  2. Clean and prepare the shrimp. Place them in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Prepare your charcoal grill for direct grilling. Start preheating to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Season the bacon strips generously with Kansas City Rub.
  5. Time to bring back that bowl of shrimp. Add vegetable oil, toss on a few dashes of dry rub, then mix gently to coat the shrimp evenly.
  6. Add all butter sauce ingredients to a small saucepan, heated on medium low. Melt these ingredients together and stir to incorporate. We’ll be basting the bacon and shrimp with this butter sauce.
  7. By now, the charcoal grill should be all fired up to go. Grill the bacon first, and be mindful of flareups — depending on your intended doneness, this might be 5–7 minutes on either side. About 1 minute before the bacon is finished, lightly baste it with the butter sauce.
  8. Seasoned shrimp in a bowl and bacon on a grill
  9. Get to grilling that shrimp! Depending on its size, grill for 2–4 minutes on either side. Baste with the butter sauce as you flip. You’re looking for an internal temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit; it’ll finish as it rests.
  10. If you’re garnishing with celery, go ahead and slice the stalks into 4–5 inch strips.
  11. Plate each dish with bacon, shrimp, sliced celery, and garnish with blue cheese and cornichons — which are undersized, tart pickles with a mildly sweet flavor. Dab on extra sauce as you see fit, then serve and enjoy!