Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Propeller Root Beer Reduction

Considering this is my third post about bacon, I think it’s safe to say that I love me some bacon. If there is a way to incorporate bacon into my food, I will do it. And yes, that is a challenge.

My mother-in-law recently gifted us a couple bags of scallops she got from a local fisherman and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wrapped 90% of them in bacon. I also made a nice pasta dish with a few, but I just couldn’t help myself and I stuffed my sweet little face with bacon wrapped scallops on several occasions thanks to her generosity. Thank you Estelle, if you ever find yourself with extra scallops in the future, I’m here for you. I’ll take that burden for you… and wrap it in bacon.

After a few gratuitous photos of my dinner – because if I don’t instagram my food it clearly won’t taste as good, right? – my friend Melanie made the intriguing suggestion that I try making a root beer reduction next time. A what the what?

I can honestly say I would never have thought of this combination so I’m pretty happy that Melanie made the suggestion.

meadowbrook meat market natural smoked bacon, nova scotia scallops and propeller root beer

Propeller Root Beer is one of my all time favourite beverages, and bacon is one of my all time favourite foods… add delicious local scallops as well and… well… let’s just say you’re going to need to bookmark this recipe.

Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Propeller Root Beer Reduction

Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Propeller Root Beer Reduction

For the bacon wrapped scallops
6 strips of Meadowbrook Meat Market Natural Smoked Bacon (cut in half)
12 local scallops
Skewers or tooth picks
4 Tbs garlic butter

For the root beer reduction
1 C Propeller Root Beer
1 C balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Galloping Cow Red Pepper Jelly

We’ll start by making the root beer reduction. But first, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Now you can measure out your root beer.

measure out Propeller Root Beer

Bonus: there’s still a little left over in the bottle for you to drink. Yessssss.

now add the balsamic vinegar

add balsamic vinegar

and for a little kick let’s throw in a teaspoon of red pepper jelly

Galloping Cow Red Pepper Jelly

if you want some more heat, add a little more. It’s all good.

Once it’s all mixed together, pour it into a pot

pour Propeller Root Beer Reduction mixture into pot

and bring it to a rolling boil over medium-high heat while whisking fairly frequently.

bring Propeller Root Beer Reduction mixture to a rolling boil

Let it keep boiling, and keep whisking it until it eventually earns it name aka reduces to about 50%.

Propeller Root Beer Reduction

As it reduces, it thickens up and becomes beautiful and shiny. See?

Propeller Root Beer Reduction

Put it aside to cool, and we’ll move on to the scallops and bacon.

Meadowbrook Meat Market Bacon and Nova Scotia Scallops

This is pretty complicated so make sure you read this slowly: cut the strips of bacon in half, and then wrap each piece around a scallop. Phew. Hope I didn’t lose you there.

wrap scallops in bacon

To secure the bacon, you can either use a toothpick for each one or you can pop several on a skewer. Your choice.

Repeat this until all your scallops have been wrapped in delicious bacon, and put them on a baking sheet lined with tin foil and greased with delicious butter.

Before you put these tasty morsels in the oven, you should drizzle them with garlic butter. I forgot and drizzled my garlic butter on half way through the cooking process, which is no big deal, but you get to learn from my mistakes so you can do yours now.

You can either buy premade garlic butter, of if you’re like me and like to make it yourself combine butter, fresh minced garlic, parsley, salt and pepper to taste. Sometimes I add garlic powder too. And then more minced garlic. Did I mention I love garlic?

Once it’s all combined melt it

melted garlic butter

and then spoon a little bit onto each scallop.

spoon garlic butter onto bacon wrapped scallops

Garlic butter on EVERYTHING.

spoon garlic butter onto bacon wrapped scallops


Bake in the oven for approx. 15-20 mins. When they’re done, the bacon should be a little crispy.

Bacon wrapped scallops


This is another complicated step, so read this slowly too: take a spoonful of the now-cooled-root beer-reduction…

Propeller Root Beer Reduction

… and spoon it over the now-cooked-and-incredibly-tempting-to-just-eat-as-is bacon wrapped scallops.

drizzle Propeller Root Beer Reduction over bacon wrapped scallops

Or as the professionals call it “drizzle” it. I know it sounds complicated, but I have faith in you. You can do it!

Keep on drizzlin’.

drizzle Propeller Root Beer Reduction over bacon wrapped scallops

Oh, yes.

Once you feel they’ve been adequately drizzled, take a moment and look at the beautiful thing you’ve created.

Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Propeller Root Beer Reduction

Now grab a Propeller Root Beer, or one of their delicious Craft Beers in one hand, and don’t waste another second and shove those scallops in your face with the other hand.

Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Propeller Root Beer Reduction

But watch out for the tooth picks/skewers. They’re kind of sharp, and not very delicious.

About the author


Writing about herself has never been Maureen's forte, but writing in the third person seems to help. Maureen is passionate about supporting local, especially when it involves food, wine, and beer. Baked in Nova Scotia started as a baking blog, but has recently branched out. Browse her posts and you'll find some Sugar & Spice (recipes featuring local ingredients) and Everything Nice (profiles of awesome local food & drink, businesses, events etc).

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