Bill-E’s Bacon Chargrilled Oysters

Oysters are like the pearls of the Seafood. They are literally little morsels of authentic seafood experience and are naturally packed with flavor. It is a great choice as an appetizer, or it can also be enjoyed as a recipe for dinner if you’re wanting a fancy main course. Moreover, oysters are so versatile that they can be eaten raw and cooked with minimum preparation. Honestly, cooking and grilling the oysters is one of the best cooking methods and easy too!

You have come to the right place if you are not a fan of raw oysters. We have prepared a grilled recipe to enjoy these delicious oysters, especially bacon. Let us be real who doesn’t love the bacon? So why not prepare the oysters with bacon for a maximum punch of flavor. So why wait? Let’s make the best Bacon Chargrilled Oysters recipe with the freshness of lemon and cheese. This will be one of the best seafood dishes for you and your family for this summer backyard party!

And that’s not all; we will also be helping you in understanding what to look for in the Oyster while buying and a few basics like how to shuck and store them. It’s going to be an interesting and delicious ride!

Bill-E’s Bacon Chargrilled Oysters recipe can be found below. But first things first, the things to know when using fresh oysters in a recipe!

Things to consider when buying the Oysters

We believe the freshest oysters you can find are in the local farmer’s market. So, it is better to locate the best farmer’s market in your area and head towards it. In this video, our oysters are from Murder Point Oysters. Their oysters can be bought online or in-store. Here are a few pointers that you need to check before buying them:

  • The oysters are sold alive. If they are shut closed, then they are alive. Make sure to buy the closed ones.
  • They must be heavy when you hold them because they have some water. The dead or opened ones might not have the same heaviness.
  • They will smell like fresh sea and ocean breeze. If they smell fishy, that’s a big No!

Now that you have bought the oysters, let us head home and start grilling them!

How to Store the Oysters at home

Oysters are easy to store. You need to fill a deep bowl with these oysters and cover them with a clean and damp kitchen towel. You can now refrigerate them for at least 5 days to a week maximum.

Also, if you have shucked them, you cannot store them in the fridge. It’s recommended that you should consume them within an hour of shucking. Otherwise, the oysters will go bad.

How to Safely Shuck the Oysters

People find shucking the oysters harder than cooking them. Honestly, it will take a few oysters to practice, but once it is done right, the process is easy and fast. You must have the right tools you need. We will use a shucking knife; a sharp one, a clean kitchen towel, a flat-head screwdriver, or an ice pick.

Start by folding the kitchen towel into a square of the size that can cover the oyster and help you grip it. Ensure that the towel gives you a tight grip to avoid accidents with the sharp knife.

Now look for the cupped side of the oyster and carefully insert the tip of the shucking knife into it. Gently run the tip of the knife to cut the seal of the oyster’s muscle. This will create a gap.

Here an important thing you must notice is the smell of the oyster. If they still smell like the ocean, they are good and fresh for eating, cooking, and grilling. Otherwise, any fishy smell means they have gone bad.

Continue shucking them by making that gap you had, bigger. Use the screwdriver and open the oyster. Apply the force to the hinge side of the oyster now to open them with minimum force. If you want to present them with hinges intact, open them 2/3rd way. Finally, you have shucked the oyster and can see the flesh and juices inside.

Now, eat them within an hour or prepare yourself for grilling them for our recipe!

Best ways to grill the Oysters

Grilling the oyster is one of the best ways of cooking them. It brings out so much flavor that the smoky char flavor mingles perfectly with the flesh. If you are willing to grill them, then here are a few pointers that you should follow:

  • Make sure that the oysters are in their shell. If you have broken the hinges of the half shell, they are still good to go for grilling.
  • Make sure the grill is medium to high, we recommend 375 degrees if you are using a Green Mountain Grill Portable Smoker.
  • Always set the oyster over the grill cupped side down for the support.
  • When the meat becomes opaque in color & the sides start to curl, it is done cooking.

If you’re someone who can’t eat raw oysters or you prefer not to eat them raw, this is the perfect way to enjoy cooked oysters. This How To grill recipe gives you a delicious way of grilling oysters and enjoying every delicious bite. This oyster recipe incorporates grilling bacon and who doesn’t love bacon? It’s good with everything. Add to that the butter, Parmesan cheese and spritz of lemon and you will experience oyster heaven in your mouth. Grilling oysters is simple and quick for the Grilling Jr or Grilling Sr and a nice change from Grilling steak. It could become your favorite seafood recipe. Just make sure you use freshly shucked oysters and an outdoor grill.

Ingredients

60 – 1 oz Bill-Es’ Bacon squares lightly sauteed
48 ounces (3 blocks) softened salted butter
6 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
2 T chopped parsley
3 teaspoon black pepper
2 Pinches dried oregano
5 dozen large freshly shucked oysters on the half shell
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 lemon wedges for ½ dozen or 3 for full dozen

Yield: Makes 5 dozen Chargrilled Oysters (64 ounces)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes

Preparation method

  1. Heat grill. In a medium bowl or pan, mix butter with garlic, parsley, pepper, and oregano.
  2. Grill bacon squares lightly and set aside. Slide the bacon squares gently in between the oyster and shell.
  3. Place oysters on the half shell right over the hottest part of the grill. Spoon or ladle enough of the seasoned butter over the oysters so that some of it will overflow into the fire and flame up a bit.
  4. The oysters are ready when they puff up and get curly on the sides, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese. Serve on the shells immediately with hot French bread.

Note: This is the perfect dish for those who want to enjoy oysters in their unadorned form but can’t or won’t eat them raw. Once you start eating these charbroiled ones, you won’t be able to stop. Don’t attempt this without freshly shucked oysters and an outdoor grill

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