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Doc Manhattan

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PostSubject: Of Bacon and Bourbon   Of Bacon and Bourbon EmptySat Jan 15, 2011 3:13 pm

This week, in one of the more Manly acts in my life, I made Bacon-Infused Bourbon.

The actual process is called fat-washing alcohol: you emulsify a liquified fat into strong spirits (~1:20), and as the fat congeals, it fines the liquor. You could do it with an unflavored fat, but what the hell fun is that? If the fat has delicious flavors/aromatics, some of those infuse into the alcohol. Strain out through a coffee filter and you're in business.

What I got back was a Mason jar full of Bacon Bourbon--you can definitely smell and slightly taste just-burnt bacon, especially in the aftertaste.

(Pics would be pointless--the outcome looks exactly like bourbon, and the work-in-progress looks like, you guessed it, bourbon with lard floating in it.)

My big mistake was trying to mix a sweet cocktail with it. Coffee and bacon are winners at breakfast, but Kahlua and 100-proof Bacon are an abomination together. One thing this stuff doesn't need is more sweetness. I think this is destined for neat drinking.

I am undeterred by one disastrous cocktail, though. Next to try: butter into rum or scotch (tastes that already pair well), and bacon into vodka, for a BLT Bloddy Mary.

I know there are several homebrewers on the BoB... anyone do any hard liquor engineering?
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PostSubject: Re: Of Bacon and Bourbon   Of Bacon and Bourbon EmptySat Jan 15, 2011 3:26 pm

Two great tastes that go great together? cheers

That´s quite an experiment!! Ive never tried infusing liquor but it sounds cool....
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Tim_Haggerty

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Age : 59
Location : Pittsburgh
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PostSubject: Re: Of Bacon and Bourbon   Of Bacon and Bourbon EmptySat Jan 15, 2011 6:55 pm

Hot Buttered Rum is just that -- Rum, butter, hot water, maybe a little sugar.

But Bacon Bourbon and a good bowl of FVF sounds about right. Maybe some toast on the side.
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PostSubject: Re: Of Bacon and Bourbon   Of Bacon and Bourbon EmptySat Jan 15, 2011 7:41 pm

Bacon Bourbon??



Just add a splash of spring maple sap and pour over pancakes,,,,,toss an egg in your pot when you brew your coffee and you've got breakfast.

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RealtorFrank

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PostSubject: Re: Of Bacon and Bourbon   Of Bacon and Bourbon EmptySat Jan 15, 2011 11:14 pm

That sounds delicious!!!
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Tak

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Location : Arizona
Registration date : 2011-02-06

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PostSubject: Re: Of Bacon and Bourbon   Of Bacon and Bourbon EmptySat Feb 26, 2011 4:23 pm

Seriously...I would have NEVER thought of putting bacon fat in Bourbon. I cook up 2 slices of bacon and an egg for breakfast each morning, bacon fat goes in a jar. This may be the coolest thing ever. I just have to figure out that 1:20 ratio. 1 TBS bacon to 20 TBS Jack D. (Google says that 1 1/4 cups, the 20 TBS.) Now I just have to wait until my lovely spouse is out of the house.

This is way cool! Thanks Laughing
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Doc Manhattan

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PostSubject: Re: Of Bacon and Bourbon   Of Bacon and Bourbon EmptySat Feb 26, 2011 4:41 pm

The next infusion is going to be into some good (but not great) rye. The sweetness of the bourbon was too strong compared with the rich, smoky bacon taste.
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MisterE
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PostSubject: Re: Of Bacon and Bourbon   Of Bacon and Bourbon EmptySat Feb 26, 2011 6:49 pm

My wife gets on my case saying "That´s your FIFTH drink today!!"

I just tell to shut up ant eat her breakfast....
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hobie1dog

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PostSubject: Re: Of Bacon and Bourbon   Of Bacon and Bourbon EmptySat Feb 26, 2011 8:30 pm

Would go good with this.
Of Bacon and Bourbon Chocobaconnw2
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Doc Manhattan

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PostSubject: Re: Of Bacon and Bourbon   Of Bacon and Bourbon EmptySun Feb 27, 2011 11:09 am

I've mde DIY version of the chocobacon... pretty tasty in very small doses. That professional stuff is probably even better.

(But I'd rather have chocolate chip pancakes with a big side of bacon.)

These are also pretty tasty: Vosges Mo's Bacon Bar. Not just bacon in there, but coarse salt, which I also adore (the family has low blood pressure, so I eat like I'm part deer.)
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WingRider

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Registration date : 2011-10-21

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PostSubject: Re: Of Bacon and Bourbon   Of Bacon and Bourbon EmptySat Oct 22, 2011 2:21 am

And I thought I'd tried everything bacon when I stumbled upon bacon chocolate chip cookies. We had those at my daughter's wedding as my son-in-law is a bigger bacon fanatic than I am. But this takes the cake!
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