Deep Fried Bacon-wrapped Barbecue Oysters

This sweet and tangy oyster appetizer is made with only four ingredients- oysters, bacon, BBQ dry rub, and flour.  You’ll also need some cooking oil to fry them in along with some hot sauce and lemon as toppings.  If you like oysters and bacon, then this recipe is a must try!

I love oysters and always enjoy making lots of different dishes while they are in season.  Oysters are best eaten when the water is cold, and the rule of thumb is to eat them during months with the letter “R” in them.

I picked up some oysters to cook on the smoker, but the weather was rainy and I was really craving them.  I looked around and found some left over barbecue rub from when I made ribs, and decided a tasty appetizer would really hit the spot.

If I ever open a restaurant, this is going to be on the menu.  I can’t begin to describe how good these tangy, spicy, barbecued beauties taste.

The secret is the homemade BBQ rub.  The flour and spices are cooked in fryer and the taste is enhanced by the bacon which is wrapped tightly around the oyster.


Deep Fried Bacon-wrapped Barbecue Oysters

Deep Fried Bacon-wrapped Barbecue Oysters

These oysters are first coated with barbecue dry rub, then rolled in bacon, and finally, deep fried.  It is important to keep the oil at about 320 degrees Fahrenheit – any hotter would burn the bacon and any cooler could give you a soggy crust and possibly undercooked shellfish.  I recommend using wither an oil thermometer to monitor the oil temperature or to use an electric cooker with a thermostat.  Peanut oil, rice bran oil or canola work well for cooking.

10 minutes 10 minutes 16 Fried Oysters
PREP 10 minutes
COOKING 10 minutes
YIELD 16 Fried Oysters


  • 16 raw, shucked oysters (about 1 pt, 16 oysters)
  • 8 pieces of streaky bacon, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup mountainplums barbecue rub (see below)
  • cooking oil for frying
  • lemon slices and hot sauce for serving (optional)


  • Preheat the oil to 320 deg F/160 deg C
  • Rinse the oysters and pat dry with paper towels
  • Mix the flour and BBQ rub until well combined
  • Dredge the oysters through the coating
  • Roll a piece of bacon around each oyster and secure with a toothpick
After coating the oyster, roll bacon around the oyster


Secure with a toothpick


  • Fry the oysters, 8 at a time in the oil for 4 minutes.  Turn halfway through the cooking time.

  • Remove from oil and drain.

  • Serve with lemon slices and hot sauce.


  • Try this awesome recipe for BBQ dry rub.  You can make it in advance and store it a tightly sealed container in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.

Mix together the following ingredients…

1/4 cup finely granulated brown sugar
3 TBSP Paprika
1 TBSP Salt
1 TBSP Black Pepper
1 TBSP Onion Powder
1 TBSP Garlic Powder
1 tsp Ground Cumin
1 tsp Wasabi powder (optional)


  • Enjoy these hot when they come out of the fryer.  Drain on a rack or using oil paper for about 5 minutes and then serve them as soon as possible.  You can refrigerate leftovers- if there are any left!



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