Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

ellie may

Originally known as Apostles on Horseback; this recipe comes from Steve Raichlen, but I tweaked ingredients to create a personal fave around my house. The rich flavor does not need additional spices; this is one of the few recipes that I DON'T add garlic! As written, you can serve as appetizers for four or dinner for two; there is plenty of marinade if you want to grill 2 lbs. of giant sea scallops to create a meal for four. Just make sure you have enough bacon slices to wrap all the scallops!

Modified from: Grilled Bacon Wrapped Scallops

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  1. Mix rum, honey, juice and salt in a non-reactive bowl until salt crystals dissolve and honey is well mixed. Rinse and pat dry scallops. Add scallops to marinade, cover and refrigerate. Marinate for at least 1 hour but no longer than 2 hours, stirring and flipping scallops, twice or more.
  2. Soak toothpicks, 2 per scallop.
  3. Remove and dry scallops onto a paper towel, and discard marinade.
  4. Wrap a slice of bacon around each scallop and secure with soaked toothpicks. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  5. Place scallops directly onto hot and oiled grill grate, bacon side to the fire. Rotate quickly until bacon is crispy all the way around: this will take no longer than 2 minutes total.
  6. Then place scallops flat on grill each side for 1 minute or until slightly firm to the touch. Total cooking time is about 5-6 minutes.
  7. Plate scallops with a small twist of freshly cracked black pepper on top.


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