Barbecued Oysters - Not Grilled or Cold Smoked

Dear BBQ Friend:

Just a quick note... we now have the Maverick ET-732 long distance dual probe thermometer available in our BBQ Store. Gift certificates are available too so it's now easier to give your favorite BBQ friend or relative a BBQ Holiday. They can be printed or emailed to your recipient.

I hope you like oysters! This month's newsletter is a video on Barbecued Oysters. Now, I know you have had oysters steamed, fried, cold smoked, oven baked, in a stew, and maybe even microwaved. But have you ever tried cooking them on your smoker? And I'm not talking about cold smoking them or grilling them either. I'm talking about smoking the oysters as you would chicken, ribs, pork, or brisket. Just watch the video...

Microwaved Oysters? Surely, a great BBQ Pitmaster like Bill Anderson would never use a microwave oven, right? Wrong! Believe it or not, some of the best oysters I have ever had were cooked in the microwave. And it only takes about 30 seconds. Just open up a half dozen raw oysters and slide your oyster knife under the oyster to seperate it from the shell. Hit each oyster with a couple dashes of tobasco. Then sprinkle on some lemon pepper. Microwave for 30 seconds on high and they come out perfect.

Steamed Oysters: Very popular down here in the South are oyster roasts. Really they are just steamed oysters. oyster roastMaybe originally called oyster roasts because of the way they cooked them "back in the day". They would originally build a fire and place a steel plate over the fire. The oysters would come in burlap bags. To roast them, you would throw your oysters onto the hot steel plate, dunk your burlap bag into a bucket of water, and throw the burlap bag over the oysters. The water would drip down over the oysters and onto the hot steel plate creating steam which helped cook the oysters. Today, some people still use this old fashioned method. More common though is an oyster steamer... basically a propane powered box with a few inches of water in the bottom and an expanded steel basket with handles sitting 1-2 inches above the steam bath. There's a lid on top. A 15 minute steam will get your oysters done to perfection. 

While you're watching videos, here's a couple of contest videos I just posted that you might enjoy:

The 2011 Cherokee Pignic in Canton, GA...

The 2011 National Barbecue Festival (open) in Waycross, GA...

Sincerely,

Bill Anderson