• 32 fresh shrimp in shells, OR frozen shrimp

  • Basil Stuffing

  • 16 slices bacon, cut in half
  • 32 leaves basil, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 to 1 cup barbecue sauce

Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Remove shells from shrimp, leaving tails. Butterfly each shrimp by cutting a slit along its back; remove vein. Rinse shrimp and pat dry with paper towels.

For stuffing, combine basil, Parmesan cheese, and garlic in small bowl. Place stuffing in slits. Leaving tail exposed, wrap each shrimp with half-slice of bacon, tucking in ends.

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Place shrimp on baking sheet with tails pointing up. Bake until shrimp turn opaque, about 14 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

Dip shrimp into barbecue sauce and place on grill until sauce caramelizes or return to baking sheet and bake until sauce is caramelized, about 3 minutes.

Serves 6 (appetizer).

Recipe courtesy of Chris Lilly at Bib Bob Gibson's www.bigbobgibson.com

Company coming? Don't just throw another shrimp on the barbe' ... fix these succulent shrimp appetizers that Chris Lilly, pitmaster at Big Bob Gibson's in Birmingham, Alabama, developed and sampled on the Today show.

Calories: 155 calories

Protein: 12 grams

Fat: 9 grams

Sodium: 601 milligrams

Cholesterol: 72 milligrams

Saturated Fat: 3 grams

Carbohydrates: 5 grams

Fiber: 1 grams