smoked oysters recipe

Smoked Oysters with Ancho Chile Sauce

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This is a smoked oysters recipe that requires hot smoke and a lot of it for a short period of time. Instead of 200 degree smoke from your smoker or grill, try for about 400 degrees. Oysters can also be grilled by placing the on the grill over high heat until the shells open, about 6 to 10 minutes, then top with the sauce and serve. Editor’s Note: You’ll find this recipe and a lot more tastiness in Dave’s book, Barbecue Inferno. Pick up a copy here.

smoked oysters recipe

Smoked Oysters with Ancho Chile Sauce Ingredients

The Oysters

  • 24 large oysters, shucked, reserving the liquid

The Lime Marinade

  • ½ cup reserved oyster liquid
  • ½ cup clam juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Juice of 1 lime

Ancho Chile Sauce

  • 1 ancho chile, seeds and stems removed
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce 3 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish


  1. Shuck the oysters, saving the liquid. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the marinade. Place the oysters in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over them. Marinate the oysters for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Remove and drain. Keep refrigerated until used.
  2. Soak the ancho chile in hot water for 20 to 30 minutes until soft remove and drain.
  3. Combine the chiles, onions, garlic, and the vinegar in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Add a little water if necessary. Add the remaining sauce ingredients and the spices and continue to puree until smooth. Saute the sauces in the oil until almost dry, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the lime juice and cilantro.
  4. Build a hot fire in the smoker or grill and add hickory or other hardwood chips or chunks, as you need a lot of smoke.
  5. Put about ½ to 1 teaspoon of sauce on each oyster. Place the oysters in a grill basket on the grill, close the cover and smoke for 10 minutes
  6. Serve immediately with any additional sauce on the side. Oysters remaining on the grill too long will overcook.

Yield: 2 dozen

Heat Scale: Medium

Photo by Elle Hughes via Pexels

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