How to grill bacon wrapped scallops on a cedar plank

How to grill bacon wrapped scallops on a cedar plank

Grilling bacon-wrapped scallops on a cedar plank is a delicious way to prepare this seafood dish. Cedar planks impart a smoky flavor to the scallops, and the bacon adds a savory element. Here's a step-by-step guide to grilling bacon-wrapped scallops on a cedar plank by Papa Ken at Maine Grilling Products.


  • Large scallops (about 12-16)
  • Thin-sliced bacon (1 strip per scallop)
  • Cedar plank (soaked in water for at least 1 hour) or Presoaked in Chardonnay
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Toothpicks or skewers (soaked in water)


  1. Prepare the Cedar Plank:

  2. Prepare the Scallops:

    • Rinse the scallops under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels.
    • Wrap each scallop with a strip of bacon, securing it with a toothpick or skewer. Make sure the bacon is snug but not too tight to allow for even cooking.
  3. Season the Scallops:

  4. Preheat the Grill:

    • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (around 350-400°F or 175-200°C). Make sure you have a direct and indirect heat zone on the grill.
  5. Prepare the Cedar Plank:

    • Place the soaked cedar plank on the grill over direct heat for a few minutes to warm it up and release its cedar aroma. Flip it over and move it to the indirect heat zone.
  6. Grill the Scallops:

    • Place the bacon-wrapped scallops on the preheated cedar plank over the indirect heat zone. Close the grill lid.
  7. Cook the Scallops:

    • Grill the scallops for approximately 15-20 minutes or until the bacon is crispy and the scallops are opaque and slightly firm to the touch. Cooking times may vary based on the size of the scallops and the heat of your grill.
  8. Check and Rotate:

    • Check the scallops periodically and rotate the plank as needed to ensure even cooking. You can also baste them with additional olive oil or a glaze if desired.
  9. Serve:

    • Once the bacon-wrapped scallops are done, carefully remove them from the grill using tongs or a spatula.
    • Let them rest for a few minutes to cool slightly.
    • Serve them hot as an appetizer or main course.

Grilling bacon-wrapped scallops on a cedar plank is sure to impress your guests with its smoky, savory flavors. Enjoy your delicious meal!  Papa Ken

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