Recently, I traveled up to Tomales Bay to sample BBQ Oysters at a little place called Hog Island Oyster Company. It’s basically a little shack on the waterfront, where you can pick your own oysters, grab a picnic table, and cook them over a charcoal grill.
While I was there, I learned that the secret to their barbecued oysters is a mixture of horseradish cocktail sauce and barbecue sauce.
I recently bought some Fanny Bay oysters and went back to our friend’s house in Laguna Beach to make our own barbecued oysters. Our homemade BBQ sauce, inspired by the one served at Hog Island Oyster Company, is smoky and delicious — made with chipotle peppers, a tomato base, and plenty of horseradish. Of course, I had to add some of my garlic shallot puree to the sauce for good measure!
BBQ Oysters RecipeRecipe by Jason Hill – CookingSessions.com
- 2 dozen large oysters such as Fanny Bay
Horseradish BBQ Sauce
- 2 inches fresh horseradish peeled and grated
- 1/2 white onion minced finely
- 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic-shallot puree or 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 5 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- Fresh cracked Himalayan pink salt
- Fresh cracked pepper
- Prepare BBQ sauce by simmering the ingredients in a saucepan until it thickens slightly.
- BBQ oysters on the grill at about 400 F for 10-15 minutes, or until they start to open.