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Smoky orange-bbq shrimp skewers

Points® value
Total Time
28 min
20 min
8 min
Adding ingredients to store-bought sauces is a great way to save time and get dinner on the table any night of the week. Here we take a strongly flavored variety of barbecue sauce and add fruit juice to mellow the flavor. Orange is traditionally very compatible with chipotle chiles and cuts the heat to allow the shrimp to shine. Ready in under 30 minutes, these shrimp are wonderful on a crunchy salad or alongside steamed quinoa and grilled vegetables. Make a batch or two for your next cookout or dinner party as a fabulous appetizer. Your guests will flock to the platter and rave over the smoky sweet flavor of the grilled shrimp. Sprinkle green onions over the finished shrimp for a pop of color and a fresh crunch.


Barbecue sauce

3 Tbsp, chipotle-variety


2 Tbsp, fresh, chopped

Orange zest

1 tsp, plus extra for garnish

Orange juice

1½ Tbsp

Apple cider vinegar

1 tsp

Ground cumin

¼ tsp

Uncooked shrimp

1 pound(s), extra large, fresh or thawed frozen, peeled and deveined*

Cooking spray

3 spray(s), divided


2 Tbsp, sliced


  1. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 20 minutes
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together barbecue sauce, cilantro, orange zest and juice, vinegar and cumin. Add shrimp and toss to coat; let marinate at least 10 minutes.
  3. Off heat, coat grill rack with cooking spray; heat grill.
  4. Thread 5 or 6 shrimp onto each of four 12-inch metal or wooden skewers and brush with sauce remaining in bowl; lightly coat skewers with cooking spray.
  5. Grill skewers, turning as needed, just until shrimp are cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove to serving plates or a platter; sprinkle with scallions and orange zest (optional). Yields 1 skewer (5 to 6 shrimp) per serving.


*about 21 to 25 shrimp per poundGarnish with orange zest, if desired.