Mango Chipotle BBQ Shrimp With Mango, Watermelon Radish & Cucumber Salsa

It's Thursday! It's almost the weekend! Are you doing anything fun? I have zero plans. Laundry doesn't count. Well, maybe I'll go dancing. And I'll definitely call my dad for Father's day. And cook.

Speaking of cooking, I strongly encourage you to make this recipe for Mango Chipotle BBQ Shrimp With Mango, Watermelon Radish & Cucumber Salsa.

I was inspired to create this recipe after ordering two jars of Mango Chipotle BBQ Sauce made by Renee of Freakin' Flamingo. Renee and I have met through social media years ago and then in person about 5 years ago at a food conference and have remained friends. I can't believe it took me this long to try one of her jarred products.

Of course as soon as I saw the word MANGO in the title of her latest creation, I took out my credit card ;) Luckily, I waited and ordered medium mango chipotle bbq sauce instead of the hot one. Even the medium sauce had plenty of heat for me!

This bbq sauce has become my latest obsession. And no, I'm not getting paid to say that. It's just the truth. I've used this sweet and spicy concoction in this simple shrimp recipe, added it to white beans and ground turkey chili, and mixed it with mayonnaise to spread on boiled corn before sprinkling it with shredded parmesan cheese. All were awesome!

Mango Chipotle BBQ Shrimp With Mango, Watermelon Radish & Cucumber Salsa
Serves 1

8 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup Mango Chipotle BBQ Sauce
olive oil
3 lettuce leaves (I used Boston lettuce)
1/2 cup Mango, Watermelon Radish & Cucumber Salsa
1 avocado, cut into chunks
fresh cilantro leaves
lime wedges

1. Marinade shrimp in the mango chipotle bbq sauce for about 15 minutes.
2. Heat olive oil in a skillet and sauté the shrimp for about 2 minutes on each side, or until it's opaque on the inside (test one to make sure!).
3. Spoon a bit of salsa into each lettuce "cup," add a few shrimp, avocado chunks, more salsa, and chopped cilantro.
4. Serve with a lime wedge. Maybe a beer!

This was such a satisfying, yet relatively light meal. Make sure you have plenty of napkins on hand, or simply lick your fingers after they get coated with the bbq sauce. You will not regret the messiness!

Let me know what else you think I can make with Renee's bbq sauce!