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Traeger Smoked Buffalo Shrimp

Traeger Smoked Buffalo Shrimp is going to be on repeat on your menu for many years to come. This tender shrimp has just a touch of smoke, and the super flavorful buffalo sauce makes it a spicy wonder.

Traeger Smoked Buffalo Shrimp

If you have never had a good shrimp on the barbecue, you’ve never really had shrimp. Adding some smoke to the mix takes it up so many levels that words cannot adequately describe it. This is unfortunate, I guess since this is a food blog FULL of words describing food. Lucky for you I’m a much better cook than I am a writer, so carry on.

If I haven’t tempted you enough yet with my Traeger Smoked Teriyaki Shrimp, let this little number be exhibit “b” in my quest to make you cook your soon-to-be favorite food and forthcoming most popular dish at the next BBQ potluck.

Not only is it totally delicious, but it is fast and easy too.

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Traeger Smoked Buffalo Shrimp with celery and bleu cheese

Traeger Buffalo Shrimp shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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  • Raw shrimp
  • Salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Buffalo sauce

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Traeger Smoked Buffalo Shrimp

How to make Smoked Buffalo Shrimp

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.

Smoking shrimp is really easy, and it only takes about 5 minutes for the shrimp to cook completely. These have just a *touch* of smoke on them.

If you don’t have a Traeger yet, you could totally pull this off with a gas grill with a little wood chip mod for just a hint of that flavor.



Fire up the grill and get it heating to 450°F.



Season the shrimp and if you’re using skewers, now’s the time.



Cook on the grill for 2-3 minutes per side, depending on the size of your shrimp. Remove once the interior is no longer opaque.



Toss the cooked shrimp with buffalo sauce.



Serve with a drizzle of ranch or blue cheese and some celery and carrot sticks.

Make my Homemade Bleu Cheese Dressing

Traeger Smoked Buffalo Shrimp

Tips for Grilling Perfect Shrimp

  • Make sure your grill is preheated before adding your shrimp. You want a fast and even cook. Don’t be impatient!
  • Skewering the shrimp makes them much easier to add to the grill, remove from the grill, and flip. It isn’t necessary, but it IS helpful!
  • Have a light hand when seasoning the shrimp. You want a little on there, but don’t overpower them. That fresh clean flavor is what you want to shine through, even after the buffalo sauce is on.

Traeger Buffalo Shrimp FAQ

What type of buffalo sauce is best with this recipe?

I recommend serving this with my Bloody Mary Buffalo Sauce, but really any Buffalo sauce will do even if I AM partial to my version. I also make a great Cholula Buffalo Sauce and an Old Bay Buffalo Sauce too.

I just discovered my love of spicy things, and Buffalo sauce, in particular, this past year. Back in the day, Taco Bell’s mild sauce was like TOO MUCH for me. Now I’m into the mid-range spicy stuff. I’ll venture all the way up to HOT sauce at Taco Bell these days.

Oh, and gimmie ALL of the Sriracha. That is a fad that will forever be in style on my menu and in my heart.

Can this recipe be made in advance?

Shrimp is best served right after it is cooked, so I wouldn’t recommend making these ahead of time. For the best results, cook right before serving.

Traeger Buffalo Shrimp
Traeger Smoked Buffalo Shrimp

Traeger Smoked Buffalo Shrimp

This easy shrimp recipe cooks in a flash, and if soon going to be your favorite BBQ meal.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Traeger Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled buffalo shrimp, smoked buffalo shrimp
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Author: Nicole Johnson



  • Preheat your grill to high heat, or at least 450 degrees.
  • Lightly coat the peeled shrimp with the salt, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  • Place on preheated grill, and cook for 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Remove from grill, and toss in buffalo sauce.
  • Serve with blue cheese, celery, and lots of napkins.


Serving: 1gCalories: 57kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 10gFat: 1gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 1106mg
Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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