Grilled Oysters with Chipotle Bourbon Butter

This perfect blend of chipotle bourbon butter mixed with the briny oyster is another of our favorites from the Hog Island Oyster Company, where they prepare the butter by the bucketload and slather it onto oysters that they throw on the barbecue. Originally invented by their Oyster Farm retail manager, Garret Hamner, the one we present comes via Phoebe of Feed Me Phoebe, who has altered their recipe so that it suits 12, and has swapped their brown sugar for honey. Her version is here, along with a great story of how a bad oyster can make rather than break a relationship, but if you want to go for the full 50, you can find the original Hog Island Oyster Company recipe here.

Ingredients for 12:

  • 12 oysters
  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons of bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 chipotle chilli in adobe sauce, minced


Make your butter in advance. In a small food processor or mixing bowl, combine the butter, bourbon, honey, garlic, and chipotle. Stir or pulse until well-mixed, and then put it back in the fridge to set. (Red Oyster note: you can leave it in the bowl, or The Hog Island Oyster Company recipe has instructions on how to make your butter a log again to make it easier to slice.)

Shuck the oysters, remove the butter from the fridge. and place about a tablespoon of butter on each shucked oyster. Place the oysters on the grill, or transfer to a baking sheet and place under the broiler.

Once the oysters and butter have bubbled and caramelized, remove them from the grill or broiler. This should take about 3 minutes. Cool slightly before enjoying (the shells will be very hot). Serve warm.

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