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Recipe From from New American Barbecue™ by Jamie Purviance

Char-Grilled Oysters with Bacon–Bourbon–Ginger Butter

  • People

    Serves 4 to 6

  • Prep Time

    10 min.

  • Chilling Time

    2 h

  • Grilling Time

    3 min.

People
Serves 4 to 6
Prep Time
10 min.
Chilling Time
2 h
Grilling Time
3 min.

the Ingredients

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Butter

  • bacon slice
  • 115 grams (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • peeled, minced fresh ginger
  • bourbon
  • minced fresh mint leaves
  • kosher salt
  • dozen large, fresh oysters

Special Equipment

  • oyster knife

Instructions

  • 01 In a large skillet over medium heat on the stove, fry the bacon until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes, turning occasionally. Drain on a paper towel, reserving 1 teaspoon of the rendered fat. Finely chop the bacon and place in a bowl with the reserved 1 teaspoon of rendered fat and the remaining butter ingredients. Using a fork, whisk vigorously until well blended. Scoop the butter mixture onto a sheet of wax paper, placing it on the edge closest to you. Fold the paper up and over and roll into a cylinder, smoothing as you roll. Twist the ends to seal and wrap tightly. Chill until solid, at least 2 hours. Remove from the refrigerator 5 minutes before grilling time and cut into½- to 1 teaspoon chunks (depending on the size of the oysters).
  • 02 Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium–high heat (200°C to 260°C).
  • 03 Grip each oyster, flat-side up, in a folded kitchen towel. Find the small opening between the shells near the hinge and pry it open with an oyster knife. Try not to spill the delicious juices, known as the “oyster liquor,” in the bottom shell. Cut the oyster meat loose from the top shell and then loosen the oyster from the bottom shell by running the oyster knife carefully underneath the body. Discard the top, flatter shell, keeping the oyster and juices in the bottom, deeper shell. Place a chunk of the flavoured butter on top of each oyster.
  • 04 Grill the oysters over direct medium–high heat, with the lid closed, until the oyster liquor starts to bubble, the butter melts and the edges of the oysters just begin to curl, 3 to 4 minutes. With tongs gripping one edge, transfer the oysters in their shells to a heatproof platter. Serve immediately.
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