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BBQ Oysters With Bacon By Chef Tyler Florence

BBQ Oysters With Bacon By Chef Tyler Florence

By Tyler Florence

Briny, smoky, savory, and a little bit sweet, this recipe from Chef Tyler Florence combines the purity of oysters with the nuance of homemade bbq sauce.

Prep Time

15 Min

Cook Time

45 Min




This recipe serves:


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Units of Measurement:
3 Slices cooked bacon
1 Bunch fresh thyme
2 Tablespoon Olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 Clove garlic, chopped
2 Cup ketchup
1/2 Cup light brown sugar
1/4 Cup molasses
2 Tablespoon Red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon mustard powder
1 Teaspoon cumin
1 Teaspoon paprika
To Taste Ground black pepper
12 Hog Island oysters


  • 1

    To make the sauce, wrap the bacon around the thyme and tie with kitchen twine.

  • 2

    Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the thyme bundle and cook slowly for 3 to 4 minutes to render the bacon fat and give the sauce a nice smoky taste.

  • 3

    Add the onions and garlic and cook slowly without coloring for 5 minutes.

  • 4

    Add the remaining sauce ingredients, stir and cook over low heat for 20 minutes. Discard the thyme bundle.

  • 5

    When ready to cook, set temperature to High and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal results, set to 450° if available.

    450 ˚F / 232 ˚C


  • 6

    Cut the bacon into 12 pieces. Place oysters on the grill and close the lid for 4 minutes.

    450 ˚F / 232 ˚C


  • 7

    Remove the oysters and then remove the top shell with an oyster knife. Spoon a heaping teaspoon of barbecue sauce onto each oyster. Then top with a piece of bacon and place oysters back onto the grill, cover, and cook for 5 to 6 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling.

    450 ˚F / 232 ˚C


  • 8

    Transfer the oysters to a platter and serve. Enjoy!

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