Grilled oysters with Bacon & Cayenne Butter​

(BBQ oysters pictured) 
 
INGREDIENTS
  • 3 slices hickory-smoked or applewood-smoked bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-wide strips

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

  • 1 1/2ttablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt 

  • 2 1/2ttablespoons dry white wine

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • Rock salt

  • 24 freshly shucked oysters (such as Malpeque or Bluepoint), on the half shell

RECIPE PREPARATION
  • Cook bacon in heavy medium skillet over medium heat until crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to processor. Add butter, garlic, Italian parsley, cilantro, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt. Blend until smooth, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl. With machine running, gradually add white wine, then fresh lemon juice and continue to process until blended.

  • Place large sheet of waxed paper on work surface. Drop butter by heaping tablespoonfuls onto paper in long log. Using paper as aid, shape butter into 2-inch-diameter log. Wrap to enclose; chill butter until firm, at least 2 hours. DO AHEAD Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled.

  • Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Spread 1/2-inch-thick layer of rock salt on large rimmed baking sheet. Place baking sheet on grill rack and heat 20 minutes.

  • Cut twenty-four 1/8- to 1/4-inch-thick rounds from cayenne-butter log. Transfer hot baking sheet from grill to heatproof surface. Nestle oysters in hot rock salt. Top each oyster with slice of cayenne butter.

  • Return baking sheet with oysters to grill. Close grill and cook until butter melts and starts to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Spoon shallow layer of additional rock salt onto each of 6 plates. Nestle 4 grilled oysters in salt on each plate and serve.

Original recipe here

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