As perfect as a raw oyster is on its own, it's a pretty versatile ingredient.
The brininess of these bivalves can hold up to a lot of bold cooking techniques and flavors—even punch-in-the-face ones like straight-up smoke and garlicky ramps.
With this recipe, it will only takes about two minutes to turn your shucked oysters into smoky little flavor bombs. Actually, make that two minutes and a whole lot of ramp butter; 16 tablespoons to be exact.
Also, you won't need to fork out any money on a smoker or battery-operated smoke gun. Just crank up the heat on your grill and throw a dollop of butter on there when you're ready to cook—we promise that you'll have more than enough smoke to do the trick and infuse your oysters with some serious flavor.
RECIPE: Smoked Oysters with Ramp Butter
And for those of you skeptical of applying any heat to raw oyster perfection, the heat here isn't enough to cook them; it just plumps them up makes the texture even better. And believe it or not, that is possible.