Cook's Note: Paula Dean's brother, Bubba, does a version of this at his restaurant. I loved the idea and changed it slightly to make it my own. Hot sauce is a staple on the tables in just about every restaurant in Savannah. I prefer preparing the oysters on a charcoal grill because of the smoky flavor it will give the oysters but you can use a gas grill or indoor grill pan too.
Tarragon and Red Hot Sauce Butter:
- 1 stick unsalted butter, slightly softened
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon leaves
- 1 heaping tablespoon hot sauce, or more if you like your food really spicy (recommended: Frank's)
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Fire Roasted Oysters:
- 18 oysters, shucked carefully over a bowl, catching the oyster liquor and putting back into the shell with the oyster
- Hot sauce (recommended: Frank's Red Hot)
- Tarragon leaves, for garnish
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth, or add them to a bowl and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Heat a grill to high. Put the oysters in a single layer on the grates of the grill and cook until the liquor begins to simmer. Immediately top each oyster with a heaping teaspoon of the tarragon butter and a few extra dashes of hot sauce, if desired. Garnish with tarragon leaves and serve.