How Do You Barbecue Oysters?


Quick Answer

To barbecue oysters, preheat a barbecue grill and place the oysters curved side down on the grill grates. Cook the oysters just until the shells start to open. Remove the oysters from the grill, and pry off the top shell. Top the oysters with barbecue sauce, or a compound butter if you prefer, and return the oysters to the grill until heated through.

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  1. Preheat the grill

    Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for high, direct heat. For a gas grill, close the lid and turn the burners on high. To preheat a charcoal grill, spread the charcoal evenly across the grill bottom, about two to three layers deep. Light the coals and wait for them to ashen, then cover the grill with the lid, leaving the vents open.

  2. Add the oysters to the grill

    Place fresh oysters directly onto the grill grate cup side down. Make sure all the oysters are tightly sealed before placing them on the grill. Any oysters that are already slightly opened are not safe for consumption and should be discarded.

  3. Grill the oysters

    Cook the oysters on the grill until the shells start to open, which can take about six minutes. Use tongs to remove the hot oysters from the grill as soon as they start to open.

  4. Remove the top shells

    Pry off the top shell off of each oysters using oven mitts to protect your hands. Use an oyster knife to loosen the oyster meat from the top and bottom of the shell.

  5. Add toppings to the oysters

    Top each oyster with a drizzle of barbecue sauce, or a dab of a compound butter, such as lemon butter or garlic butter.

  6. Return the oysters to the grill

    Place the opened oysters back on the grill just until the oysters and topping are heated through. Serve immediately.

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