(This is an old Charleston recipe that I adapted, and it's one of my husband's all-time favorites)
2-3 slices bacon
1 tbsp dried minced onion
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp flour
1 cup coffee (can be instant, or saved from the morning pot)
1 lb medium raw shrimp (peeled & deveined)
salt & pepper to taste
favorite grits cooked according to package directions (instant is okay too)
Fry bacon in frying pan until crisp. Remove bacon and crumble when cooled. Add shrimp to bacon drippings and toss until pink (about 2 minutes). Remove shrimp with slotted spoon and set aside. Blend together flour and coffee and stir in frying pan with remaining drippings (if any) to make a brown gravy. Add garlic, onion, salt and pepper. Return shrimp and crumbled bacon to frying pan, bring to a simmer and serve over hot grits.
NOTE: May want to sprinkle grated cheese over top of shrimp 'n grits just before serving.