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DIY Bacon Bourbon

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If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to try the bacon-infused Old Fashioned at New York’s famed speakeasy, Please Don’t Tell (a.k.a. PDT), you know that salty, cured pork and rich, spiced bourbon are a match made in booze heaven. If you haven’t been so lucky then just take our word for it: It’s a great duo. Lucky for those who can’t just drop by the bar, infusing bacon into bourbon is a simple process and can easily be done at home. All you need is a package of bacon (we prefer maple cured), a Mason jar, a freezer and a bottle of hooch.

The process is known as fat washing and, despite how it sounds, it produces a deliciously rich, silky spirit packed with umami flavors. Here, step-by-step instructions for making bacon-flavored bourbon at home.

DIY Bacon Bourbon

Tools
32 oz Mason jar
Funnel
Cheesecloth
Fine sieve
Bowl

Ingredients
1 lb maple bacon
.25 cup brown sugar
.25 tsp cayenne pepper
.25 tsp black pepper
1 750-ml bottle bourbon

Method:

  • In a bowl, toss the brown sugar, cayenne and black pepper with the bacon.
  • In a frying pan, cook the bacon until caramelized and super-crisp.
  • Place five strips of cooked bacon in a 32-oz Mason jar. Eat the rest of the bacon.
  • Using a funnel lined with cheesecloth, pour all the bacon fat from the frying pan into the jar.
  • Pour the bourbon into the jar and seal shut. Shake to mix.  
  • Store your jar of bourbon-bacon goodness at room temperature for 24 hours.
  • Place the jar in a freezer for at least 24 hours.
  • Using a spoon, remove the cap of fat resting on top of the liquid. Discard and pour the whiskey through a fine sieve into a bowl.
  • Wash and sterilize the Mason jar. Using a funnel, pour the strained liquor back into the bottle. Viola. Now you can make your own bacon-bourbon cocktails. The finished bourbon will keep indefinitely.

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