Bacon-Infused Bourbon (My Try)

Discussion in 'Smoking Bacon' started by mistabob, May 7, 2009.

  1. mistabob

    mistabob Meat Mopper

    So, after lurking on these forums for a little while learning how to smoke, I finally decided to join.

    Anyway, here's the way I made bacon-infused bourbon.


    Here is where it all went down...



    Choices, choices...


    I went with the remainders of my Bulleit bourbon, as it really only had a few drinks left in it, plus it is a fairly smooth but sweet bourbon without a ton of distracting inherent flavors... and it's cheap in case I were to totally ruin it. The bacon I used was Farmland's double hickory smoked bacon.


    I only pan-fried up two slices of bacon as there was not much bourbon left, like I said, only a few drinks. Just trying to render the smoky bacon fat out.


    Here's the bacon fat cooling a little before I add it to the whiskey, plus a little snack while I was waiting.

    I then put the bourbon/bacon fat mixture back into the liquor cabinet to rest for 8 hours, swirling the bottle around a couple times every hour or so. Then I put the whiskey into the freezer to help the bacon fat separate from the alcohol, so I wouldn't have oily whiskey to drink.



    I then strained the nearly-frozen bacon fat out using a funnel and some layered paper towels.



    Bacon-infused bourbon on the rocks. It was surprisingly better than I was expecting. It actually tasted much like my 18 year-old Elijah Craig bourbon, which is one of the smokier bourbons you can buy. It did have a different taste to it, not quite porky, but you probably couldn't guess what it was without knowing. The smokiness was definitely there, without the "burnt" taste that may have accompanied it had I put the bacon itself in there. It still had nowhere near the smokiness of scotches like Laphroiag or Ardbeg, but for a cheap bourbon that I infused myself, it was decent. The sweetness of the Bulleit bourbon actually made the whole drink almost taste like a smoky maple bourbon.
     
  2. grothe

    grothe Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF Bob...nice experiment and write-up...thanks for sharing!!
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  3. mistabob

    mistabob Meat Mopper

    Thanks, now I'll have to post some stuff of me actually using my smoker and some other cool experiments! [​IMG]
     
  4. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very interesting post, I'm intrigued! Thanks for sharing your pics. Can't wait to see more of those experiments!
     
  5. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Bacon and booze. Sounds good to me!
     
  6. bbq addict

    bbq addict Smoke Blower

    Of course it does...what's the worst that could happen? [​IMG]
     
  7. mistabob

    mistabob Meat Mopper

    The other day I saw there's a company making bacon-flavored vodka now, just FYI. Probably not as good as bourbon though. The two were made for each other!
     
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Did you get that idea on triple D I think I saw it in some bar I want to say in pittsburg Great food some funky drinks and alot of ink.
     
  9. mistabob

    mistabob Meat Mopper

    Yeah, they had it on an episode of Triple D. I can't remember if they made it the same way or not. But it is good stuff. Guy Fieri loved it, too! [​IMG] Everything on that show always looks delicious....
     
  10. littlechief

    littlechief Fire Starter

    How dare you call Bulleit cheap bourbon. I love that stuff! lol [​IMG]
    It actually sounds pretty good, makes me thirsty.
    Thanks for sharing!
     
  11. scmelik

    scmelik Smoke Blower

    I have done that before and it was damn good. Well worth the effort I highly recommend it to anyone
     
  12. gnubee

    gnubee Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sorry Bourbon is not my thing....... but Spiced Rum and Bacon now we're talking.
     
  13. mistabob

    mistabob Meat Mopper

    A little Captain Bacon! Now that might be worth trying, too. [​IMG]
     
  14. got14u

    got14u Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    just goes to show that the old saying is right......everything is better with bacon (or bacon grease)...lol....
     
  15. mistabob

    mistabob Meat Mopper

    Or Bacon Salt, or just the thought of bacon...[​IMG]
     
  16. mistabob

    mistabob Meat Mopper

    What kind of bourbon did you use? Did you put the whole bacon slices in it to rest or just the bacon fat?
    I imagine putting whole slices in it, if they're cooked how I like them, would give it a weird burnt flavor. Not sure, though.
     
  17. dasgrinch

    dasgrinch Newbie

  18. scmelik

    scmelik Smoke Blower

    we used Makers Mark. What we did was to cook the bacon and then took the grease from the bacon and poured the grease into the burbon. As the grease cool it comes together and you can take it out or pour the burbon into a different bottle.
     
  19. mistabob

    mistabob Meat Mopper

    They put maple syrup in it? A bit too sweet for my tastes, but could be good for some, I imagine. [​IMG] Looks like the same method as I did. Cool stuff.
     
  20. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I think some people are getting into Smoking WAY TOO MUCH...[​IMG]

    Isn't that right Dr Frankenstien or is that Dr FrankenSteen...
     

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