What to do with Bacon Bourbon?

I have been wanting to write this post for a while. Upon tasting the Bacon Old Fashioned at the Patterson House over a year ago, I have told myself that I was going to make my own Bacon Bourbon. Well here it is…

If you have been following the blog for a while, you will probably notice that I enjoy Bacon. I am a firm believer in the theory that you can add bacon to anything and make it better. Could bacon improve bourbon? In Tennessee, I had seen that it could, but could I recreate it? Well there was only one way to find out.

The only two ingredients you need for this infusion are bacon and bourbon. You can use whatever kinds you like, but the higher quality bacon and higher quality bourbon you use will yield the best result. I am not suggesting using an insanely expensive bourbon, but I would step it up from anything that has a nautical theme or comes in a plastic bottle. While I was sipping on my bacon old fashioned, the waitress informed me that the bacon bourbon was infused through a method called fat washing.

It might sound complicated, but it is incredibly easy. The method is combing a fat ( in this case bacon grease) with an alcohol (bourbon) and then freezing to separate the two. You can use vodka, whiskey, or any other alcohol you wish, I just like Bourbon.  Bourbon shouldn’t freeze. If it does, that means someone has been watering down your booze and you might have to have a talk with a roommate or your kids. When a liquid fat is cooled it solidifies. Using a filter (like a coffee filter) you can separate the fat from the liquid. Through some acts of chemistry, the bacon taste remains! Its magic! Well not magic, there is something about the flavor compounds in fat that will dissolve into alcohol  leaving them behind when frozen.  But it is still really awesome! Now that you understand the process, here is how I made it.

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Bacon Bourbon

Bourbon that has the taste of bacon, need I say any more?

Yields approx 10 oz of Bourbon

Ingredients

2 oz of your favorite liquid bacon fat ( I was able to get enough from cooking 4 pieces of bacon)

10 oz of your favorite bourbon

Using a  mason jar, add the bacon fat followed by the bourbon. I use a mason jar for several reasons. They have measuring notes on the side, they have a lid that is water tight, and well they just look cool. Give it a few shakes and then put it in the refrigerator for a day. You could go longer, but I was too impatient. After a day, I found that the bacon flavor and smell was there so in my mind it worked.

Put the jar in the freezer for 30-45min. This will make sure all the fat has solidified. The jar will look pretty gross on the inside. The bacon fat will have solidified into solid white chunks throughout the jar. Remove the large chunks with a fork. The smaller bits will need to be removed with a strainer or filter. Pour the remaining fat and bourbon through a disposable coffee filter and into an additional mason jar for storage. You might have to do small bits at a time, but be patient, the end result will be worth it. Once filtered, your Bacon Bourbon is ready to use!

©Taylor Mathis

www.taylortakesataste.com

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So what to do with this Bourbon? Well you could drink it on the rocks or make a cocktail with it. I decided to go the cocktail route. Inspired by drinks I had in Birmingham and San Francisco, I devised this.

Using my bacon bourbon and combining with with pressed apple juice and cream soda, I came up with what I call the Boozy Bacon Apple.

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Boozy Bacon Apple

Makes 1 drink.

2 oz bacon bourbon

4 ounces pressed apple juice

2 ounces cream soda.

Place all ingredients in a shaker and shake thoroughly. Pour over a glass filled with ice. There are 2 oz of booze in here, you won’t really taste it, so be careful. Garnish with an apple slice.

©Taylor Mathis

www.taylortakesataste.com

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I hope you have enjoyed learning about Bacon Bourbon. If you are a bacon fan you have to give this one a try. It will be worth it. Next week I will show you what I did with the 4 pieces of bacon.

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Comments

  1. mallory m says

    wow, just wow…. you may be after my own heart here! I am with you on the whole bacon thing (and bourbon thing for that matter- i swear i’m a southerner at heart), and have loved seeing all the fun things you’ve created here with it– and this one is no different. genius!

  2. says

    Love this! I’ve infused a number of different types of alcohol of late and it makes me realize how easy it is. I’m totally intrigued with these flavors, loving them both, but never would imagine inviting them ‘to the same’ party if you know what I mean. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the clever post and beautiful photos.

  3. says

    Have you found your bacon bourbon to be a bit oily? People either love it or hate it and I’ve found “too oily/greasy” to be the main gripe.

  4. Julie says

    I tried this using a slightly different recipe, and maybe I let it sit too long, but the bourbon is a little salty? Do you have any suggestions on how to fix this? I was going to try maple syrup additions?

    • says

      Hey Julie, My guess is that the bacon you are using has a high salt content. I would maybe try doing it with a different form of bacon. Thanks for the comment.

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