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Smoked scallops and shrimp questions.

SWMBO wants pasta for dinner so I thought I would add some seafood I don't get to eat much. I have hickory, apple, pecan and sugar maple smoking woods in the garage, any suggestions on what to use?  The main course is cheese stuffed tortellini in an alfredo sauce.
I raise my kids, cook and golf.  When work gets in the way I'm pissed, I'm pissed off 48 weeks a year.
Inbetween Iowa and Colorado, not close to anything remotely entertaining outside of football season. 

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 11,341
    I'd brine them, brush them with butter, add some spices or a rub that works with seafood (maybe Old Bay or something), then cook them direct.  You could add some heavy smoke - they cook very fast.  You can skewer them to make it easy to flip and serve.  I've never used sugar maple, but out of the other woods, apple would be my choice.
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  • ScottborasjrScottborasjr Posts: 1,942
    What would you brine them in @nolaegghead?  This is a cook I was planning on starting within the next two hours so not sure I have time for a brine to be beneficial.
    I raise my kids, cook and golf.  When work gets in the way I'm pissed, I'm pissed off 48 weeks a year.
    Inbetween Iowa and Colorado, not close to anything remotely entertaining outside of football season. 
  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    Remember - both shrimp and scallops are very mild tasting seafood products and cook VERY fast.  It is easy to overpower the actual taste of the seafood ?
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 11,341
    A 30 minute brine in 10% salt and 5% sugar makes a difference.  Rinse well afterwards.
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  • pgprescottpgprescott Posts: 320
    I would not smoke them, rather, I would break out a cast pan and some garlic and shallots. Throw some butter in the CI pan along with the garlic and shallots and sear them off. They will pick up the flavor of the garlic and shallots. That's just me. Season with S and P.
  • ScottborasjrScottborasjr Posts: 1,942
    @nolaegghead, 10% salt 5% sugar, 85% water?
    I raise my kids, cook and golf.  When work gets in the way I'm pissed, I'm pissed off 48 weeks a year.
    Inbetween Iowa and Colorado, not close to anything remotely entertaining outside of football season. 
  • ScottborasjrScottborasjr Posts: 1,942
    @Charlie tuna, yeah, this is almost just a excuse to fire the egg up when the wife doesn't want something off of the egg.
    ;)
    I raise my kids, cook and golf.  When work gets in the way I'm pissed, I'm pissed off 48 weeks a year.
    Inbetween Iowa and Colorado, not close to anything remotely entertaining outside of football season. 
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 11,341
    Pan frying is how I usually do scallops.  Shrimp on the grill, but you can do both on the grill if you want to fire it up.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 11,341
    Yeah, approximate by weight - quart of water, 3 oz salt, 1.5 oz sugar (weight)
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  • ScottborasjrScottborasjr Posts: 1,942
    Yeah pan frying is how I normally do this when the wife wants this dish, but it's nice outside and like I said, just looking for a excuse to cook.
    I raise my kids, cook and golf.  When work gets in the way I'm pissed, I'm pissed off 48 weeks a year.
    Inbetween Iowa and Colorado, not close to anything remotely entertaining outside of football season. 
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