Photo: Jody Horton
Total Time
35 Mins
Yield
Makes 2 dozen oysters

"Oysters on the half shell can wobble on the grill," James Holmes says. "That's a good thing—some butter will spill onto the coals, which smokes the oysters at the same time."

How to Make It

Step 1

In a skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the leek and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened and lightly browned, 8 minutes. Stir in the vinegar, transfer to a bowl and let cool. Stir in the garlic, lemon juice and Tabasco. Soften the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter and combine thoroughly with the leek mixture. Season with salt.

Step 2

Light a grill. Place a dollop of leek butter on each oyster. Grill the oysters over high heat until just cooked through and the butter is melted, about 1 minute. Serve right away.

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