Bacon Unwrapped

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Bourbon Whiskey results are in!"> Bacon Bourbon Whiskey results are in!

Thanks to my friend who used her culinary (and drinking) skills to undertake the challenge of making Bacon Bourbon Whiskey, yesterday I was the recipient of two variations on the concoction. And as you can see in the photo, I felt like I was transporting moonshine due to the Mason Jars and blue plastic bag in which the goods were delivered. Fortunately I did not get pulled over by DC's Finest on my drive home.

Both mixtures were made with Jack Daniels (hence we will technically refer to it as Bacon Whiskey, rather than Bacon Bourbon, not that I could probably tell the difference...). One version was made with applewood smoked bacon and the other with maple bacon. As you can tell from the photo, just the color of the two mixtures look very different from each other (the maple is the darker one on the left with the M label and the applewood is on the right with the A label). And before I even tasted either of them, you could also tell the difference just by smelling them. The Applewood Bacon Whiskey had a stronger musty, smokey scent. The Maple Bacon Whiskey had a much lighter and sweeter scent, but also with a hint of smokiness.

The smell of the Maple Bacon Whiskey was much more pleasant to me, so I decided to try the Applewood Bacon Whiskey first with the hopes of ending on a higher note. Drinking straight Jack Daniels probably didn't enhance the experience, but the taste of the Applewood Bacon Whiskey was incredibly overwhelming, just like the smell. You could absolutely taste the bacon. And that's about all I have to say about that.

After some serious palate cleansing, I moved on to the Maple Bacon Whiskey. The bite of the Jack Daniels and the taste of the bacon were still quite strong, but the hint of maple syrup helped to somewhat mask the overwhelming flavors and the Maple Bacon Whiskey was much more tolerable. It still isn't something I could imagine myself drinking straight, but in the spirit of conducting a true taste test I decided to give it a whirl with some Diet Coke, given that Jack and Coke is a regular drink of mine. And the result...let's just say I can now safely say that I know what Diet Coke with Bacon tastes like.

I'm usually vehemently pro-bacon in even the most unusual of circumstances, and I'm usually of the opinion that everything tastes better with bacon. While these two variations on Bacon Whiskey may be a little overwhelming for the senses when consumed straight, perhaps they would be better cooked in something like brownies. And perhaps the results would be different if using actual bourbon instead of Jack Daniels. But in the spirit of not saying anything negative about bacon, let's just say Bacon Whiskey is definitely an 'acquired' taste.

And thanks to DCChick1425 for making the experiment possible!

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  • The world is better for that knowledge. I'm sorry it didn't work out better - maybe next time, something like Bulleit, which is a smoother bourbon? Will the technique for bacon-infusing be posted? I'd love to try this myself!

    By Blogger Jared, at 4:56 AM  

  • I do appreciate you changing the name from bourbon to whiskey.

    By Blogger Everyday Ordinary, at 5:53 AM  

  • I appreciate the correction Jaren and EO. If you try the recipe please let us know how it goes. Goodluck!

    By Blogger dcchick1425, at 7:17 AM  

  • To DCChick's credit, I don't think the less than desirable result had anything to do with the particular liquor used - whether it's bourbon or whiskey. It's just a pretty difficult thing to 1) attempt and 2) enjoy, regardless. But maybe there is a bartender out there who knows how to make it work. Or we'd definitely be interested to hear if someone else comes up with a positive result!

    The technique used has been posted on DCChick's blog:

    By Blogger Heather, at 11:08 AM  

  • Definitely - there was no criticism intended! As much as I wish nature had a way to marry the flavors of bourbon and bacon, I'm not sure there is.

    But it sounds like this effort came as close as possible. For which, I'm grateful.

    Also, it sounds like it was just palatable enough to try for myself!

    By Blogger Jared, at 6:11 AM  

  • So, the past two times I've made bacon (er... Saturday and Sunday), I went a little wacky and splashed some Jack Daniels into the frying pan.

    I don't think it made a bit of difference, but there was a satisfying sizzling noise.

    Is alcohol-infused bacon something that anyone else does?

    By Blogger Jared, at 10:52 AM  

  • can't say that I've tried that one yet, but this whole concept of combining alcohol with bacon really does need further exploration.

    By Blogger Heather, at 10:56 AM  

  • Maybe it would be worthwhile to try mixing some bacon whiskey with BBQ sauce and using it on the grill. I think bacon whiskey BBQ sauce could be pretty great on a skewer of bacon wrapped shrimp.

    Also, bacon whiskey mixed with cream, sugar, and other appropriate ingredients could make a nice topping for bread pudding in place of the usual plain whiskey sauce.

    A bacon fan myself, I must too try the bacon whiskey.

    By Blogger Victoria, at 4:41 PM  

  • love your spirit, victoria!

    By Blogger Heather, at 4:44 PM  

  • I think a recount is in order. Certainly you can find someone who loves both bacon and the taste of straight Jack Daniels. Ummm, like me for example!

    Great blog, by the way.

    By Blogger Ken Wheaton, at 3:21 PM  

  • did you guys cook the bacon first or leave it raw?

    i'd love to try it out but i'd like to know a little more about how you guys did it so i can make a few tweaks. (no point in just recreating your results. we need to make it hard, better, faster, bacon!)

    By Blogger olly the limey, at 3:22 PM  

  • Definitely cook the bacon in advance. Good luck - let us know how it goes!

    By Blogger Heather, at 12:07 PM  

  • Bacon Bourbon or Whiskey can make GREAT cocktails. At PDT in Manhattan for example I had an amazing Bacon-bourbon cocktail that had maple syrup a splash of citrus and bacon bourbon. Awesome! (served over a giant ice cube).

    By Blogger Jarod, at 4:19 PM  

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