Bryan Rackley is the Oyster Bar Manager and Co-Owner of acclaimed Atlanta restaurants Kimball House and Watchman’s Seafood and Spirits, both of which are proud to source and serve sustainably farmed oysters. Rackley is also a Co-Founder of Oyster South, a non-profit organization focused on teaching and maintaining sustainable oyster farming practices in the Southeastern and Gulf Coast regions.
The oyster programs at Kimball House and Watchman’s provide Rackley the opportunity to introduce aquaculture to his home state, educating diners while also supporting those who sustainably farm oysters.
“It’s best to leave your butter out for a while to soften. Cut about 75% of the butter into chunks and put in a sauce pan over low heat. Let it melt down most of the way and then transfer all of your ingredients to a food processor; add the un-melted butter in first, so it’s at the bottom. Blast it for 20-25 seconds, or as long as it takes to get everything incorporated. Feel free to add another pinch or two of crushed red pepper at this point as well. I like the way the larger pieces look once the mixture turns green. Now that your mixture is well blended, pour it into a quart container and into the fridge to harden. It should be ready to use within a couple of hours, but if you can do it the day before, I’d recommend it.”
For your oyster selection, I’d suggest something larger, from the Gulf Coast, with low salinity. It’s easier to add salt than take it away. Alabama and Louisiana often have larger, farmed oysters that are great for the grill. You don’t want something too petite either or they will get dry.”
Set the EGG for direct cooking at 250°F/121°C. Place the shucked oysters on a perforated grill pan or directly on the grid.
“I like to cook oysters at a slightly lower temperature to to keep the shells from burning. 250°F is perfect, and it still only takes about 5 minutes to have them ready.”
“Place a spoonful of your butter on the shucked oysters and grill until the butter starts to melt and caramelize. Move them to a serving vessel with a nice bed of rock salt; that will help them stay warm. Sprinkle just a tiny pinch of Maldon salt on each oyster, and they are good to go. Then sit back and watch people sing your praises because you know how to work an EGG!
Dry Spices Instructions
Toast the black pepper, crushed red pepper, and clove gently in a dry pan and then grind. Then add the kosher salt and Urfa Chile. Combine all of the spices.