Ginger & Garlic BBQ Shrimp Kabobs

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Summer might be winding down, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still fire up the grill! I love anything sweet and spicy, which is why these easy kabobs use the best of both worlds.

The simple, sticky barbecue sauce is made from common household ingredients like ketchup, honey, and garlic. Add a spritz of lime along with some ginger and a dash of suuuuuper spicy hot sauce (if you’re daring) and whisk it all together. The sauce is better after it chilling for at least an hour, to really let those flavors develop. I made mine the night before our BBQ.

Use half of the sauce to marinate your meat of choice – I just so happened to be making a surf ‘n’ turf dinner, so I used shrimp; but this BBQ sauce is pretty much amazing on anything you slather it on. Reserve the other half of the sauce for brushing on while grilling or as a dipping sauce for later (it works great as a veggie dip too!).

Then just crank up the grill to high. If you are grilling an assortment of things, I recommend adding the shrimp kabobs last since they will cook very quickly! Like seriously, 1-2 minutes per side, maybe a tad longer if your grill isn’t screaming hot. Either way, keep an eye on the kabobs until the shrimp is pink on both sides.

I served my shrimp alongside a slab of prime steak, a charred onion lotus, sauted broccolini and white asparagus and some grill-roasted corn. Recipes coming soon!

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Ginger & Garlic BBQ Shrimp Kabobs

The Starving Chef
The simple, sticky barbecue sauce is made from common household ingredients like ketchup, honey, and garlic.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Chill Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Grill
Cuisine Backyard Cooking, Summer
Servings 4


  • 16 oz shrimp peeled
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons ginger minced
  • 2 tablespoons garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the ketchup, honey, ginger, garlic, lime juice, olive oil, and spicy sauce. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Chill for at least one hour, or overnight, for flavor to fully develop.
  • In another bowl, saturate the wooden skewers in water for at least one hour. Marinate the shrimp in the sauce for at least one hour prior to grilling. Reserve half the sauce for later (do not use the same sauce that the shrimp soak in).
  • Preheat the grill to 400 F. Thread the skewers through the shrimp so the shrimp are just touching. Spray the grill will a nonstick spray, then place the shrimp onto the grill. Monitor closely.
  • Cook the shrimp until pink, about 1-2 minutes per side. Brush the remaining reserved sauce onto the shrimp kabobs and remove from the grill. Serve right away and enjoy!


Keyword garlic, ginger, grill, shrimp, skewer
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