This is the perfect appetizer when you want to impress your friends. And if you are preparing this for a romantic meal, maybe try fancy white wine instead of beer, though I got to tell you, beer works beautifully! If you aren't a fan of pale ale, don't worry, just pick another beer that's light and not bitter.
Beer Soaked Scallops Wrapped in Bacon
makes 12 scallops wrapped in bacon
1/2 cup of your favorite pale ale
Dozen Sea Scallops (the big ones!)
12 piece of your favorite bacon
a few pinches of salt to season
12 bamboo skewers OR tooth picks
1 tablespoon melted butter
So the first thing you have to do place the scallops in a large zip lock bag with 1/2 cup of your favorite pale ale. Meanwhile soak 12 bamboo skewers in water. The scallops and the skewers need to soak for 30 minutes. If you are using toothpicks these must also be soaked.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place the bacon strips onto a sheet pan. If you want to avoid a build up of oil, line the sheet pan with a piece of parchment paper and place the bacon on that. Bake the bacon for about 15 minutes. You just want the bacon to start cooking but it still need to be soft enough so that you can wrap it around the scallops. Remove it from the oven to cool.
When you are ready to start assembling, turn the grill on to medium high heat. Make sure the grates are well seasoned. I like to rub them down with a little olive oil. It's important that the grates are clean because scallops tend to stick and any left over food can make that happen.
Remove the scallops from the beer and shake them off. Sprinkle them with a pinch of salt. Wrap each scallop in 1 piece of bacon. Sometimes I cut the bacon shorter so it only goes around once, that's up to you. Carefully slide the scallop onto the skewer or tooth pick. Make sure the bacon is secure and not flopping around. Do this with the remaining scallops. Only place one scallop per skewer. If you are accustom to using two skewers when grilling scallops so that they don't turn on you when you pick them up to flip them, certainly do so here. (in which case soak 24)
Grill the scallops until they are opaque inside or about 3 minutes per side. Depending on the grill it can be an extra minute or even a minute less. It is important to stay attentive. Moments before removing them from the grill, lightly drizzle them with butter. BE CAREFUL! Butter can create flareups, and you do not want that.