Oyster Roast

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The oyster roast is a cultural touchstone of the Lowcountry – a communal feast where amenities are minimal and camaraderie is huge. It is centered around oysters that have been covered with wet burlap over smoldering charcoal, wallowing in their juices. More warmed than cooked, they retain all the sensual mouth feel of raw ones with the added lick of fire. Unlike urbane oysters that are bright and glistening in their clean marine liquor presented on the half shell on a bed of crushed ice, oyster roast oysters can be quite hideous to see, bunches of them stuck together and smelling of the sea, all gnarled and splotched with pluff, which is the oysterman’s term for the fine silt that sticks on them when they are harvested.

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