Poplar Travels Takes On Bacon Infused Bourbon.
I have always had an unhealthy obsession with bacon. From bacon and eggs, to bacon wrapped beef tenderloin with bacon balsamic glaze, I always love cooking and eating bacon. My drink of choice with these bacon meals and otherwise, tends to be a good whiskey neat in a glass.
It is only natural that the next step would be to combine the two…
There has been some buzz amongst different food bloggers about who has the best recipe for bacon infused bourbon. So I have spent the past week testing and tweaking to create a method that in my opinion, yields the best bacon taste. We will be using a technique called “fat washing” where we will mix the fat from the bacon with the bourbon to create the flavor infusion.
I experimented using Jack Daniels, Makers Mark and Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select to see which better accepted the bacon infusion flavors. My favorite was Bacon infused Woodford Reserve for a super smooth bacon bourbon. For your first time trying this recipe I would recommend using a cheaper Bourbon such as Jack Daniels Sour Mash so you don’t waste any of the good stuff.
You will need:
1 pound of thick cut hickory smoked bacon other medium smoked bacon.
2 cups of bourbon
cast iron skillet
1 mason jar
coffee filters or cheesecloth
Cook the bacon in the cast iron skillet until well done, remove the skillet from the heat, set bacon aside and eat while following next steps. Let the bacon fat cool until just above room temperature, combine 2 cups of whiskey and ½ cup of bacon fat in a mason jar. Shake vigorously, set aside for 8-10 hours in an area out of direct sunlight. Place in refrigerator overnight, remove the next day and place in the freezer for an hour. Scoop the large clumps of fat out of the top of the jar and filter the bourbon through a coffee filter or several layers of cheesecloth. Bourbon should be clean and clear of any particles, if not, then filter again. Store and enjoy at room temperature and serve neat for the best flavor.
For a great bacon infused Old Fashioned
2 ounces bacon infused bourbon
1/4 ounce Grade B or dark amber maple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Twist of orange
In a glass, stir 2 ounces of your bacon infused bourbon, maple syrup, and bitters with ice. Strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange twist.