Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Scallops
Here at Casa M, we're definitely in the camp of belief that wrapping (just about) anything with bacon makes it better. It doesn't even have to be traditional bacon either, prosciutto and Canadian bacon also make that list (though the latter sometimes has situational eligibility). In this case, we pulled all the stops and got our hands on some ridiculously well smoked Benton's hickory smoked bacon to pair with diver scallops that we seasoned with both our Uncontrolled Chain Reaction® and Hooked® blends. The results were incredible and irresistible. Please don't take our word for it either; this is something you should most definitely try at home.
Starting with super fresh scallops is essential. Know and trust your seafood vendor. Much like lamb chops and lollipops, this recipe for scallops is straightforward, and there's nothing in it that can hide that "not quite as fresh as they could be" flavor. Bacon selection is very personal. Pick your favorite, but we recommend one that has a smoke-forward flavor. We used bamboo skewers for presentation purposes, but Grill Beast makes a KILLER skewer set that is much more convenient and functional since it's flat (keeps the food from rotating) and it's much easier to handle. As a "Pro Tip," when skewering, think small; you want to get through both ends of the bacon to hold it in place, but more importantly, remember scallops cook fast! When skewering the scallops compress them as tight as possible to help ensure they cook evenly and at the same rate as the bacon. Other than that, this recipe has no rules. Please let us know your thoughts once you make it. From our table to yours... #SpiceConfidently #EssenceOfFlavor #CasaMSpice
— Mike Hernandez
FOR THE SCALLOPS
- 2 pounds diver scallops (about 20 scallops per pound of bacon)
- 1 pound bacon strips, cut in half (about 20 total pieces)
- 1 teaspoon Casa M Spice Co® Uncontrolled Chain Reaction®
- 2 teaspoons Casa M Spice Co® Hooked®
- 20 bamboo skewers soaked in water
- Grill Beast Beast Impalerz®
Pro Tip: Starting with super fresh scallops is essential...Much like lamb chops and lollipops, this recipe for scallops is straightforward, and there's nothing in it that can hide that "not quite as fresh as they could be" flavor.— Mike Hernandez
LET’S GET COOKING
Preheat your grill to high heat. As high as it goes...
Clean your scallops and bring them to room temperature.
Place your scallops into a large bowl and add the Uncontrolled Chain Reaction® (to taste) and Hooked®.
Using your hands, mix the scallops to evenly distribute the seasonings.
Compress each scallop and wrap with bacon in a way such that you can skewer it tightly keeping the bacon and scallops as tight as possible.
Once all scallops are skewered, put them on the grill over HIGH direct heat.
Close the lid, but watch closely, these will cook quickly. Monitor both the scallops and bacon. The bacon should be cooked through and the scallops should show charring (from the high heat), but not get burned. Flip the skewer(s) to keep cooking of both the bacon and scallops even.
Once finished (on our grill it took about 2 minutes per side), place skewers carefully on a platter and let sit to cool.
Remove from skewers and be prepared for them to disappear in a blur of activity!