How about oysters?

Discussion in 'Non-fish Seafood' started by rrsteve, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. rrsteve

    rrsteve Fire Starter

    Read missLee's mussels and shrimp and what she had to say about the hickory smoke, I'm planning on doing some oysters in a week or so and will be using oak. Do you think that will work? I don't think oysters have as delicate a tast as mussels. How long do you leave in the smoker?
  2. irish

    irish Fire Starter

    Hi rrsteve, I grill/smoke lots of oysters all winter, this year I went through 3-1/2 bushels... I got plenty of zinc now. [​IMG] Anyway... oysters (and clams, mussels and any whitefish) need a delicate smoke like cedar, alder or apple. Hickory, oak or mesquite are too strong and will overpower the flavor. I put them in the smoker for 20-30 minutes at 225°F, just until the edges are curled and the centers plump up. Do not let them overcook or they will get tough. If you are shucking your own, cooking them on the half shell makes a nice presentation. If already shucked, use a shallow pan and spread them out in a single layer in their own liquor.
  3. rrsteve

    rrsteve Fire Starter

    Thanks Irish. I was thinking I would put the unshucked oyster in the smoker and it would open the same way it does if grilling. Am I right on this, or do I want to shuck first? I'm thinking of getting a bushel and smoking part of them and shucking and eating the rest.
  4. mcp9

    mcp9 Meat Mopper

    i dont think that any smoke would get to a unshucked oyster. shuck first.
  5. irish

    irish Fire Starter

    Hmmm, I've never put them in a smoker unshucked. I'm not sure if they would open or not. But I know they dump a lot of water when I grill them - they might put out your fire in a smoker.

    I agree with mcp9 - shuck first. Even if the shells will open in a smoker, they probably don't open wide enough to get the flavor in there before they're done.
  6. uncle_lar

    uncle_lar Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I want some!!!
    cant get fresh oysters here in central Illinois!! darnit!!
  7. rrsteve

    rrsteve Fire Starter

    Thanks for all the help, sure appreciate it.
  8. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Me too........!
  9. irish

    irish Fire Starter

    Sorry Uncle Lar. I love seafood and I could never move away from the east coast unless I had no other choice.

    Jeanie, these oysters have shells girlfriend, lol! [​IMG]
  10. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Love the seafood and it all sounds so good![​IMG]
  11. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

  12. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    lolol!! An oysters an oyster. I love em all. [​IMG]

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