Charleston Oyster Roast


1/2 bushel of oysters,about 4 dozen
1 quart of water
vinegar for dipping
Melted butter for dipping
Cocktail sauce, if desired
This method for cooking oysters is a way of life in South Carolina. It is very simple and delicious.


  • Heat a hot charcoal fire on a grill (a Weber grill works great)
  • Place a metal baking sheet over the grill grate and let heat up for 5 minutes.
  • Place the oysters in batches on the baking sheet, pour on a little water and cover with the grill topĀ ( traditionally in Charleston they cover the oysters with wet burlap. If you have some burlap great use it). Douse the oysters with several cups of water.
  • The oysters will take about 4 to 5 minutes to open.
  • Once the are open remove from the grill right away.
  • Dig in. Serve with cold beer and perhaps some champagne.
  • Serve with a variety of dipping sauces or just eat plain (use search engine for dipping sauce recipes).




30 min


5 min


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