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Bacon-Infused Bourbon Whiskey

So it seems that bacon-infused spirits are all of the rage right now. While bacon-infused vodka in a Martini or Bloody Mary sounds delicious, it doesn’t sound as appetizing as bacon-infused bourbon. Something about sweet, smoky bacon just seems to naturally harmonize with the characteristics of bourbon, hence bacon-infused bourbon. Bacon-infused bourbon can be made fairly easily and quickly. Just think, in just a few short hours after reading this, you too could be enjoying bacon-infused bourbon cocktail. Here’s how to do it: Cook three to four slices of bacon, enough to render at least 1 – 3 ounces of fat. Once the bacon has cooled a bit, pour off the fat from the pan. Pour 750 ml of bourbon into a non-porous container. Strain the 1 – 3 ounces of bacon fat into the container and infuse for four to six hours at room temperature. Place mixture in freezer until all the fat is solidified. With a slotted spoon, remove fat and strain mixture back into bottle. Pass bourbon through a coffee filter to remove sediment if desired.

Check out this video of Guy Fieri and Nick Kosevich on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. They make and drink Bacon-Infused Bourbon.

If you like the Classic Old Fashioned, Try one with Bacon Infused Bourbon.
In mixing glass, stir 2 ounces bacon-infused bourbon, maple syrup and bitters with ice. Strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with an orange twist.

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Bacon Bourbon Ice Cream Is A Winner!

This recipe is from the Bacon Takedown in NYC. Mike O’Neil won the first place Audience Award for his Bacon Bourbon Ice Cream.

Mike O’Neill’s Bacon Bourbon Ice Creambaconicecream

1/2 lb bacon, sliced 1/4″ thick
1 cup brown sugar plus more to coat bacon
3 tablespoons butter
2 3/4 cups half and half
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 egg yolks
1/4 cup “good” Bourbon (Mike used Knob Creek)

Lay the bacon strips on a baking sheet lined with tin foil. Sprinkle enough brown sugar to cover each strip. Bake for 5-7 minutes at 350 degrees until the sugar starts to melt, about 5-7 minutes. Flip bacon slices and drag through the fat/sugar. Sprinkle with more brown sugar and bake for another 7-10 minutes until crisp. Place bacon on a wire rack until cool and chill completely in refrigerator.

In a heavy-bottomed pan, melt the butter over low heat. Add 1 1/2 cups of the half-and-half, 1 cup brown sugar and salt and just bring to a boil. Whisk egg yolks in a separate bowl and add a spoonful of the hot half-and-half mixture while whisking to temper. Repeat process a few more times. Add the egg yolk mixture to the half-and-half mixture in the pot and stir thoroughly. Add the Bourbon, and continue cooking until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, stirring constantly. Strain into 1 1/4 cups of cold half-and-half. Whisk thoroughly, cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 6-8 hours (or overnight).

Chop the bacon strips into small pieces. Churn into ice cream following your ice cream maker’s direction, and add the bacon in the last minute of churning. Transfer ice cream to an airtight container and freeze a few hours before serving.

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Recipe from: Not Eating Out in New York

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