ingredient profile: whiskey smoked sugar

whiskey bacon BBQ sauce

We love discovering great products that have a multitude of uses, and this specialty sugar from Sid Wainer & Son is one of our new favorites. Raw sugar that been smoked over wood from old whiskey barrels adds just the right amount of smoke and sweetness to the finished sugar. It’s perfect as a rub, used in place of brown sugar in sauces, and as the base for the most heavenly simple syrup.

smoked whiskey simple syrup

Quite possibly our favorite simple syrup ever.

  • 1/4 cup whiskey smoked sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

In a small saucepan, add sugar and water and place over medium heat. Cook while stirring occasionally, just until sugar melts, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Makes approximately 1/2 cup.

whiskey bacon BBQ sauce

Your favorite BBQ sauce gets an added hint of smoke from both the sugar and the bacon. Slather it on anything from burgers to chicken.

  • 1 strip Applewood smoked country bacon, diced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon whiskey
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup whiskey smoked sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  1. Place bacon in a medium saucepan and cook over medium medium-heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Return saucepan to low heat. 
  2. Add oil to saucepan, followed by onions. Cook until softened, about 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Slowly add whiskey to deglaze pan, scraping up browned bits from bottom of saucepan. Add remaining ingredients, including bacon, and stir to combine. Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat to low and cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Makes approximately 2 cups.

coffee whiskey spice rub

Hints of cinnamon add a surprise flavor profile to this super easy rub. Perfect for anything on the grill.

  • 1/4 cup freshly ground coffee
  • 1/4 cup whiskey smoked sugar
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a medium bowl, add ingredients and stir to combine. Transfer to glass jars, seal, and package as desired. Mixture will keep at room temperature for up to 1 month. 

Makes approximately 1 cup.


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