Bourbon is Better: 5 Bourbon-Infused Grill Recipes for Thanksgiving


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Bourbon is the epitome of fall flavor. Its warming spice is great in hot toddies or spiked ciders, but it’s also at home on the grill with some of your favorite foods. Try these bourbon-infused recipes the next time you want to get creative cooking outdoors.

Bacon & Bourbon Chicken Kebabs

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Serve them up as an appetizer or an entrée. These delicious kebabs from Host the Toast combine smoky bacon flavors with the sweetness of seared bourbon.

 

What You Need:

  • 16 oz barbecue sauce
  • ¼ cup bourbon of your choice
  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs, 1” pieces
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground white pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 3 tbsp packed, dry brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 6 slices raw bacon, cut into small pieces

 

What to Do:

  1. Pre-heat the grill to medium-high heat
  2. Combine BBQ sauce and bourbon in a small bowl and mix well
  3. Combine the salt, white pepper, onion powder, paprika and smoked paprika, garlic powder, dark brown sugar and bacon in a food processor and then pulse until completely smooth
  4. Put the chicken thighs in a bowl and rub with bacon concoction. Once coated, skewer the chicken pieces
  5. Grill the kebabs for about 5 minutes per side, or until nearly cooked through
  6. Brush the kebabs with the bourbon barbecue sauce and cook for an additional minute on each side
  7. Serve with a side of the delicious BBQ sauce

Orange & Bourbon Salmon

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This filling and healthy dish from MyRecipes  is a great alternative for red meat and sure to be a crowd pleaser. Sweet orange juice tones down the umami flavor of the salmon, while bourbon helps to give it a more complex flavor. Try different bourbons for different results. Salmon absorbs marinades very well and will reflect your bourbon’s flavor when cooked.

 

What You Need:

  • ¼ cup bourbon of your choice
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 chopped garlic cloves
  • 4 (6 oz) salmon fillets
  • Cooking spray

 

What to Do:

  1. Combine bourbon, OJ, soy sauce, brown sugar, green onion, chives, lemon juice and garlic in a large Zip-Lock baggy – then add the salmon
  2. Seal and marinate in fridge for 1.5 hours, turning bag occasionally
  3. Pre-heat grill to medium heat
  4. Remove salmon from bag (keep the remaining marinade!) and place on a grill rack or broiler pan with cooking spray
  5. Cook 6 minutes on each side or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork
  6. Baste frequently with leftover marinade

Bourbon Rib-Eye Steak

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This boozy steak from Allrecipes is best enjoyed with your favorite cocktail and a cigar. Serve it up as a satisfying and show-stopping entrée the next time you have a few friends over.

 

What You Need:

1 cup water

2/3 cup bourbon whiskey of your choice

½ cup soy sauce

¼ cup packed brown sugar

3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp lemon juice

4 (6 oz) beef rib-eye steaks

 

What to Do:

  1. Whisk the water, bourbon, soy sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice together in a bowl. Pour the mixture into a Zip-Lock baggy and add the rib-eyes. Coat the steaks with the marinade, rid the bag of air and seal the bag. Marinate in the fridge for 8 hours or overnight
  2. Pre-heat the grill to high heat, spread light oil over the grate
  3. Place the steaks on the grill for 1 to 2 minutes per side
  4. Move the steaks to a cooler part of the grill and cook for 3 to 3 minutes per side (or until desired cooking temperature is reached)

Grilled Peaches with Bourbon Brown Butter Sauce

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We’d be out of our minds to forget dessert! Peaches are a meaty fruit and, like salmon, absorb flavors very well. Their natural sweetness, combined with the spice of bourbon, creates a unique and decadent dessert treat from Fifteen Spatulas.

 

What You Need:

  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 ripe peaches
  • 1/4 cup candied pecans
  • whipped cream for serving

 

What to Do:

  1. In a saucepan set over medium heat, melt the butter.
  2. Once the butter is browned, remove the pan from the heat and carefully add the bourbon from a distance, as it will make the brown butter sputter and foam up.
  3. Add the brown sugar and return the pan to the heat. Give it a stir and bump the heat up to medium-high. Let the brown sugar dissolve and the sauce boil for 5 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, begin to heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.
  5. Slice all the peaches in half and remove the pits.
  6. Place all of the peaches, cut side down, into the sauce for 30 to 60 seconds, just to coat the surfaces in the sauce.
  7. Move the peaches to the grill, and grill them for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until the outside begins to caramelize and the peaches soften.
  8. Serve the peaches with whipped cream on the side, drizzle with the Bourbon Brown Butter Sauce and sprinkle with the pecans. Keep in mind, if the sauce hardens up as it cools, you can simply bring it to a boil again to liquefy and drizzle, as needed.

 

Bourbon is also great enjoyed on its own or in a delicious cocktail. Get recipes for some of our favorite bourbon cocktails here.