Lately I’ve found myself doing two things I’ve never done before. Grilling all kinds of great stuff in cedar wraps and drinking tequila. No, I’m not downing margaritas poolside, although that’s a fine way to pass the time. I’m not much of a mixed drink kind of guy. I’m more of a sip-it-over-ice guy. And darnit if Tequila doesn’t makes for a great sipper. While I was mainly a bourbon guy, I find myself sipping tequila more and more. What was that about the wraps? Glad you asked. I got these cedar wraps which are like thick sheets of paper that I soak in liquid and then roll the food up in the wrap and place on the grill. In this case, I wrapped up some marinated shrimp in the wrap. And what better liquid to soak the wrap than tequila! I also soaked the shrimp in tequila (as well as a couple ice cubes in my glass).
Double Tequila Shrimp in a Cedar Wrap
Shrimp, shelled and deveined
A little more tequila
I know I didn’t list any amounts here on anything in the ingredients, because this just isn’t much to this recipe. It’s enough shrimp to fill a tortilla. If you want to make 2 or 4 of these, double or triple that amount.
First off, drop a couple spoonfuls of your favorite salsa in a bowl with the shrimp. Then add a splash of tequila and stir until the salsa/tequila mixture coats the shrimp evenly. Put salsa/tequila shrimp in the fridge for 30-60 minutes to allow those flavors to meld into the shrimp:
Now let’s talk about the cedar wraps. These things are great. They are pretty rigid when they arrive from Bob’s Smokin Hardwood. They also come in alder. Bob’s is the best for smoke wood, planks and wraps. I defy you to order from them just one time. When you do, you will be a customer for life. In order to make the cedar wrap pliable enough to roll the shrimp up in them, you have to soak it in liquid. It also keeps the wraps from bursting into flames on the grill. Now it can be just about any liquid from water, to beer, to well TEQUILA!
You aren’t going to use Cabo Wabo Tequila to soak that wrap? Why yes I am. I know that sounds really expensive and a waste of some fantastic tequila, but let me share a little tip. Instead of soaking the wraps in a baking dish or a big pan, put the cedar wrap in a gallon plastic bag and pour maybe an ounce into the bag. That’s all you need:
Voila, the wrap soaks up that glorious tequila and there’s plenty of tequila for sipping.
The cedar wrap only needs to soak for 10 minutes or so to be pliable enough to bend around the shrimp as well as not catch on fire. So after 10 minutes, remove the wrap from the bag of tequila and spread the shrimp along the middle of it:
Then roll it up and tie it off with the soaked string:
Now off to the grill. I prepared the grill for medium high heat, two zone grilling, which means coals on one side and nothing on the other. I placed the double tequila shrimp in a cedar wrap just off the edge of the coals:
In just a few minutes, the wrap will lighten up as the tequila evaporates:
I grilled these for 4-5 minutes a side then rolled them over:
You can see a little charring on the edge and some excess liquid bubbling out, concentrating the flavors:
When I first saw these wraps, I was sure they would catch fire, but after a total of 8-10 minutes on the grill the cedar wrap held up wonderfully:
Now let’s crack that wrap open and get a look at our double tequila shrimp:
Place on a tortilla with some shredded cheese and done!
So simple, yet absolutely wonderful. Having never done these before I made enough just for one because I wasn’t sure what to expect. I absolutely inhaled that bad boy. It was heaven. The layers of flavor were out of this world from the tequila to the salsa to the cedar oils that permeated the shrimp. Wow!
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below or send me an email
Full disclosure, Cabo Wabo Tequila compensated me for this post, but I don’t ever promote something I don’t absolutely believe in and I can tell you Cabo Tequila is amazing. Step out of your comfort zone and give it a shot. I’m so glad I did.
Also, Bob’s Smokin’ Hardwood is a sponsor of this site. Order from them one time and you will be a fan for life. The product is so pristine and clean and their customer service is impeccable.
- Shrimp, shelled and deveined
- Cedar Wrap
- A little more tequila
- Shredded cheese
- Spoon a couple tablespoons of salsa and a splash of tequila over the shrimp and stir to coat
- Place the shrimp in the fridge for 30-60 minutes
- Place the cedar wrap in a plastic bag and pour in an ounce of Cabo Tequila and work the tequila around until it coats the wrapper and the string to tie it
- After 10 minutes, remove the wrap from the bag and spoon the shrimp down the middle
- Roll the wrapper up and tie off with the string
- Prepare the grill for medium high heat with coals on one side and nothing on the other
- Place the double tequila shrimp in a cedar wrap at the edge of the coals
- Roll the wrap over after 4-5 minutes and leave it on the grill for another 4-5 minutes
- Remove the double tequila shrimp in a cedar wrap from the grill after 8-10 minutes
- Spoon the shrimp into a tortilla and sprinkle with shredded cheese