Hog Island Farm Style Grilled Sweetwaters with Garlic Chipotle Butter

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Hog Island Farm Style Grilled Sweetwaters with Garlic Chipotle Butter

Served at Hog Island Oyster Farm.


Smokey and sweet and a touch of heat. Grilled Garlic Chipotle Butter oysters have become a favorite at the farm.  Our friends & customers call them finger-lickin' good. We're pretty sure your friends will be speechless.









The Ingredients

50 Hog Island sweet water Oysters

1/2 lb (two sticks) unsalted butter softened to room temp

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup bourbon (plus a nip for the chef!)

3/4 cup finely chopped garlic

Half of (10 oz) can of chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, chopped.

The Butter (can be made up to one week in advance, keep refrigerated)

In a medium bowl, dissolve the brown sugar with the bourbon. In a food processor or blender, combine the softened butter with the bourbon/brown sugar mixture and add the garlic and chipotles. Mix on medium/high speed until well blended (OK if some chunks remain). Lay down a sheet of parchment paper (12" or so), scoop the butter compound onto the sheet working to form a long row. Roll the butter in the parchment, like a burrito, folding the ends as you go. Refrigerate for about two hours or until firm. The finished roll should be the dimension of a cube of butter, only longer (about a foot). When you are ready to grill, slice 1/8" pats of butter from the butter log and place on top of your shucked, raw oysters. Allowing the butter to melt as the oysters cook. *You can also skip the log-roll and leave the butter in a airtight covered bowl (refrigerate after making). Scoop a tablespoon of the mixture onto each oyster as they grill.

The Grill

Open a cold one and fire up your grill to medium hot. Pre- shuck a few dozen oysters and remove the butter from the fridge. Place a pat of butter onto each shucked oyster and get those 'sters on the grill. Open another cold one while you watch the butter and oysters begin to bubble.  After about 2-4 minutes of bubbling and sizzling remove the oysters from the heat.  The oysters will be ready when the edges of their meat begins to curl and the butter sauce is bubbling hot.  Remove from heat and let cool slightly.  Enjoy with a frosty beverage.


Then make some for your friends.