I know I talk about combining bacon and beer on this site a lot, but since they are two my favorite things youâ€™re just going to have to deal with it. A few weeks ago I told you about a local Pittsburgh Pub creating a bacon inspired infusion. Well a friend of mine found a guy on the internet takes things a step farther. He creates a bacon-infused bourbon smoked porter. Now thatâ€™s a mouthful (pun intended)!
This just proves itâ€™s a fact that home brewers are crazy, so where do I sign up? The guy shares his step by step instructions on how he created this amazing feat for bacon lovers everywhere.
- Dice 7 or 8 slices of raw bacon and cook on low heat in cast iron pan to render as much fat as possible. Make sure its extra crispy.
- Pat bacon down with paper towels making them as dry as possible.
- Add the bacon to a mason and cover with bourbon, then close lid.
- Let it sit in the dark for 24 hours and then put it in the freezer for a few hours (4-6 should do) to solidify the remaining fat.
- Pull bacon bourbon from freezer and strain through cheesecloth first and then move it through a coffee filter.
- Get some smoked porter. I suppose you could get a bottle or growler from a local brewpub.
- Use an eye dropper to measured out approx. 100 drops per 12 oz bottle of homebrew or if you are adding this to a bottle or growler of beer just drop it directly in a pint glass and then top with the beer.
These were just the condensed steps and you really need to go to the guyâ€™s website, Grocery Eats, to read the full post. He adds a lot of great comments, photos, and tips. Basically all your doing is making a bacon infused bourbon and then adding it to already brewed beer. Which is not a bad idea.
He also takes the concoction to some local brewers in his area and they enjoyed it. He says he has plans to try and make a BLT brew, will have to wait and see how that turns out.