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For the oysters: Build a very hot fire using hardwoods in the fire box of an oyster cooker. Once you have a good bed of coals, place the cooker over the fire box. Heat for 5 minutes. Test for heat by sprinkling water on the surface. If it sizzles immediately, you are ready to cook.
Place the clean oysters evenly in the center of the steel cooking pan. Cover with burlap sacks and let cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Lift a corner of the burlap to check the oysters. You should hear them "popping" when you listen carefully. If they are beginning to open, uncover them and scoop them from the cooking surface with a large, flat shovel. Place them on a table with oyster knives and towels or gloves and dig in! Serve with the cocktail sauce and saltines.
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