Barbecue Oysters

Ingredients

For the bourbon barbecue sauce

  • 2 Cups  ketchup
  • 4 s  shots bourbon, such as Old Forester
  • 1/4 Cup  apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup  soy sauce, preferably aged in bourbon barrels
  • 1/2 Cup  local honey
  • 1/2 Cup  sorghum
  • 2 Tablespoons  chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon  cayenne
  • 1 Tablespoon  red pepper flakes
  • 3 s  shallots, diced finely
  •    Salt and pepper, to taste

For the blue cheese rémoulade

  • 1/2 Cup  crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 Cup  mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons  diced cornichons
  • 2 Tablespoons  capers, smashed
  • 2 Tablespoons  fresh parsley, chopped
  •  Dash of  Tabasco sauce
  •    Salt and pepper, to taste

For the oysters

  • 2 Cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Cup  Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons  smoked paprika, preferably bourbon smoked
  • 2 Tablespoons  Colman's dry mustard
  •    Salt and pepper, to taste
  •    Oil, for frying
  • 12 s  oysters, shucked on the half shell

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by David Scales

Served with bourbon barbecue sauce and blue cheese rémoulade, these fried oysters offer delicious little bursts of flavor that will delight party guests. You'll want to make the barbecue sauce a few hours in advance to allow the flavors to meld, the rémoulade can be made just before serving, and the oysters, ideally, should be shucked and fried to order.

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Directions

For the bourbon barbecue sauce

Combine all ingredients with a whisk in a stainless steel bowl. Let the flavors develop for a few hours before use.

For the blue cheese rémoulade

In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

For the oysters

Combine the flour, Old Bay seasoning, smoked paprika, and dry mustard in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and mix well.

In a deep frying pan, heat about 1 inch oil to 350 degrees.

Remove the oysters from the shells and coat them in the seasoned flour. Place the seasoned oysters in the hot oil until golden brown, about 1 minute. Drain and toss with 2 cups of the bourbon barbecue sauce. Place the oysters back in the half shell and top each with 3 dollops of blue cheese rémoulade.

Notes

Note: Bourbon barrel aged soy sauce in specialty stores and bourbon barrel smoked paprika can be found in specialty stores or online. Sorghum is a sweetener that is similar to maple syrup; if you can't find sorghum, feel free to use maple syrup, honey, or molasses instead.

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