Brian’s Scallops Wrapped in Bacon

S n p logoServes 2 to 4
Prep time: 5 minutes; cooking time: about 10 minutes

  • 8-to-10 large scallops (about a pound)
  • 8-to-10 slices of bacon (cooked, but not crispy)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 Tbsps. butter


  1. Rinse scallops in cold water; pat dry w/paper towels.
  2. Season both sides w/Salt & Pepper.
  3. Melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Cook scallops in batches so you don’t crowd pan (about 3-to-5 minutes per side).
  5. When done, wrap a slice of bacon around a scallop, then secure bacon with a skewer or toothpick. Repeat this step for rest of the scallops.

Brian’s BBQ Ribs

B BBQ ribs (2)Serves 6 to 8
Prep time: 10 minutes ; Cooking time: 3 hours and 15 minutes

  • 2- to -3 slabs of baby back pork ribs (can use spare ribs), cut into ½ slabs
  • Favorite barbecue rub
  • 2 cans of beer (recommend craft beer)
  • Favorite barbecue sauce


  1. Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees F.
  2. Season ribs liberally w/barbecue rub.
  3. Place ribs in oven safe, pan; bone side down.
  4. Pour beers into bottom of pan.
  5. Cover pan tightly w/aluminum foil; bake about 3 hours.
  6. Remove from oven when meat pulls apart easily.
  7. Let cool to room temperature.
  8. Pre-heat grill to medium-high temperature.
  9. Transfer ribs to platter; brush favorite barbecue sauce on one side of ribs.
  10. Place ribs sauce side down on grill; brush top w/barbecue sauce.
  11. Grill 5-7 minutes per side to finish.

*Note:  If you are making barbecue sauce from leftover rib juices, bake ribs in pan that can be heated on stovetop.

Brian’s Barbecued Ribs & Mop Sauce

Serves 6 to 8Ribs n mop sauce
Prep time — 10 to 15 minutes; cooking time — 1 hour
Mop Sauce

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 (12 oz) cans ginger ale or ginger beer
  • 2 Tbsps. crushed red pepper
  • 2 lbs. country style pork ribs
  • Salt & Pepper

Simmer Sauce

  • 2-to-3 (12 oz) cans of your favorite beer w/lots of hops
  • 1 cup onions, chopped
  • 2 tsps. garlic, minced
  • 4 cups favorite barbecue sauce
  • 1-to-2 chipotle chili peppers


  1. Preheat grill to medium high.
  2. Mop Sauce — In large bowl, combine vinegar, ginger ale, crushed red pepper in large bowl; add ribs; let meat soak for 30 minutes.
  3. Simmer Sauce — In large pot, boil ½ beer over high heat; add onions, garlic; cook until onions are tender; add barbecue sauce, chipotle chili peppers, remaining beer; bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer.
  4. Season ribs w/Salt & Pepper; put on grill bone side down; cook until grill marks form (turn ribs over twice to sear on both sides, flipping about every 2 minutes, dipping ribs in mop sauce between each flip).
  5. Add ribs to simmer sauce; bring back to a boil on high heat, then reduce to simmer for 30-to-45 minutes or until ribs are done.
  6. Serve w/simmer sauce (if you want a thick simmer sauce for serving, continue boiling it until it reduces and has a syrup consistency).