bacon wrapped shrimp on sweet potato round with BBQ sauce

Shrimply Bad-A$$( BBQ Bacon-wrapped Shrimp on a Smokey Sweet Potato Round)

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Shrimply Bad A$$ ( BBQ Bacon-wrapped Shrimp on a Smokey Sweet Potato Round)

Get Ready to ‘Pimp your Shrimp’!  These shrimp are wrapped in bacon and smothered with Rufus Teague spicy BBQ Sauce- sitting on a smokey sweet potato round.  An appetizer you will keep going back to because they are ‘Shrimply Bad-A$$’!

roasted sweetpotato rounds with brown sugar shrimp wrapped in bacon with bbq sauce

The sweet potato is so underrated.  A superfood that should be front and center at all times of the year.  The sweetness in the potato, the salt of the bacon, and the tang of the sauce combine with spicy shrimp in a beautiful combination you have to try.

How do you chose the best Shrimp?

Fresh shrimp should look slightly translucent.  The flesh and shell should appear taut and glossy, and they should smell fresh and of salt water.  Avoid any shrimp that smell like Ammonia.

Size does Matter!  I prefer the taste and consistency of larger shrimp.  Most shrimp labeling features a size designation  that is inconsistent in the industry.  Sizes like small, medium, or large, XL, Jumbo, etc., and almost always with an accompanying number.  The number tells you how many shrimp in a pound. The higher the number of shrimp per pound, the smaller the shrimp. The smaller the number of shrimp, the larger the shrimp size. U designates ‘under’.  For example, U/15 shrimp contain fewer than 15 shrimp per pound. 21/25’s weigh in at 21 to 25 shrimp to a pound.

Spiced Sweet Potato with Barbecue Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

bacon wrapped shrimp on sweet potato round with BBQ sauce
5 from 13 votes

Shrimply Bad Ass

Sweet Potato Round with a barbeque bacon-wrapped shrimp
Prep Time20 minutes
Active Time8 minutes
Total Time28 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bacon wrapped barbeque shrimp, Bacon-wrapped BBQ shrimp, barbeque shrimp, keto appetizer, shrimp and sweet potato, shrimp sweet potato bites, shrimply bad-ass, sweet potato appetizer, sweet potato bites, sweet potato rounds, sweet potatoes and marinated shrimp
Yield: 12
Author: Ron Chee


  • 3 medium sweet potatoes
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili pepper
  • 12 uncooked peeled jumbo shrimp
  • 6 pieces of bacon


  • Mix brown sugar, cumin, and chili pepper in a small bowl
  • Poke several holes in the sweet potatoes,
  • Microwave for 12-15 minutes or until squeezably soft. Let rest until cool to the touch
  • Slice the sweet potatoes into ⅛ inch wedges
  • Place a piece of foil in the wire rack of the air fryer, and spray with cooking oil
  • Place the sweet potato slices on the tray and cover with the brown sugar mixture
  • Wrap each raw shrimp with ⅓ slice of bacon
  • Place each wrapped shrimp on a sweet potato round
  • Place a dab of barbeque sauce on top of each shrimp
  • Air fry for 10-12 minutes until potatoes are soft and bacon is crispy


-Cook time of the potatoes varies with the size of the potatoes-  Be sure the potatoes are soft and not boney

-If you use frozen shrimp, be sure they are thoroughly defrosted and dry before use.  Shrimp turn pink when they are cooked

-Rather than an air fryer, you can roast your Shrimply Badda$$ appetizers at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes

-Shrimply Bada$$ appetizers are wonderful on the grill, and a great addition to a barbeque menu.  A delicious party starter-especially with a Cuss Kitchen cocktail!

Pairs Well with:

Southern Humiditties

Cocktail with rose wine, vodka, citrus juices, rushed ice and pomegranate pearls.

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