I find myself grilling all kinds of great stuff in cedar wraps lately. I got these cedar wraps which are like thick sheets of cedar paper that I soak in liquid and then roll the food up inside and place on the grill. In this case, I wrapped up some marinated shrimp in the wrap. Oh, and I had to soak the wrap in tequila! I also soaked the shrimp in tequila which gives us the double in Double Tequila Shrimp in a Cedar Wrap. 

Double Tequila Shrimp in a Cedar Wrap Ingredients:

  • Shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • Salsa
  • Tequila
  • Cedar Wrap
  • A little more tequila
  • Tortillas
  • Shredded cheese
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Double Tequila Shrimp Ingredients

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.

Tequila Shrimp Prep

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:

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The shrimps are getting happy

Now let’s talk about the cedar wraps. These things are great. They are pretty rigid when they arrive, but alas the company that provided them has closed. Luckily, you can get them online

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!

Soak the Cedar Wrap

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:

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Dont forget to soak the string to tie the the wrap

Voila, the wrap soaks up that glorious tequila without wasting hardly any of the agave juice

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:

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Load up the cedar wrap

Then roll it up and tie it off with the soaked string:

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Roll it up and tie it off

How to Grill Double Tequila Shrimp in a Cedar Wrap

Now off to the grill. I prepared the grill for medium high heat, two zone or indirect 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:

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After a couple minutes the wrap is drying out

In just a few minutes, the wrap will lighten up as the tequila evaporates:

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Right on the edge of the coals and not even the string is on fire

I grilled these for 4-5 minutes a side then rolled them over:

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I think next time Im crosshatching the wrap Just kidding Maybe not

You can see a little charring on the edge and some excess liquid bubbling out, concentrating the flavors:

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Shrimp is opaque and just about ready to serve

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:

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Remove from the grill after 8 10 minutes

Now let’s crack that wrap open and get a look at our double tequila shrimp:

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If the shrimp looks red to you thats because I used Royal Reds which are well red

Place the double tequila shrimp on a tortilla with some shredded cheese and done!

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Like I said not much to this but the flavor will blow your mind

Double Tequila Shrimp in a Cedar Wrap Recap

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!

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Double Tequila Shrimp in a Cedar Wrap

Shrimp marinated in tequila and salsa and wrapped in a tequila soaked cedar wrap, grilled and placed into a tortilla or Double Tequila Shrimp in a Cedar Wrap
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Seafood


  • shrimps shelled and deveined
  • salsa
  • tequila divided
  • Cedar Wrap
  • tortillas
  • 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


Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas, the Original Grillin’ Fool, was sent off to college with a suitcase and a grill where he overcooked, undercooked and burned every piece of meat he could find. After thousands of failures, and quite a few successes, nearly two decades later he started a website to show step by step, picture by picture, foolproof instructions on how to make great things out of doors so that others don’t have to repeat the mistakes he’s made on the grill.
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Wow, looks and sounds amazing. Will definitely try this out over the weekend!


Thanks, Jonathon. Let me know how it comes out…


Couple questions:
What temp do you suggest for a pellet grill?
Can you reuse the cedar wrap? if yes, do you just restart the procedure? How many times can you resuse it?


I would suggest 300-350 for a pellet grill. And I would think you wouldnt want to re-use the wraps. The meat or seafood juice that leaches into the wood would go rancid.

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