Kentucky Bourbon Spirited Sauce
Kentucky Bourbon Spirited Sauce
Excalibur’s new Spirit Based line of seasonings and sauces all sound like they are going to be great additions to an already strong line of seasonings. The Kentucky Bourbon Sauce could be an interesting one as Bourbon flavoring goes well with many different types of meats and I have been fascinated by cooking with alcohol ever since my uncle taught me about the chemistry behind it when I was a teenager. Alcohol allows the water and fat molecules to bind together which allows you to experience scents more strongly as a taste. Most of what you are “tasting” when you are chewing on a delicious piece of prime rib or anything else really has more to do with scent than taste.
I vacuum packed my chicken with 1.5 ounces of the sauce and am letting it sit for about 30 minutes before putting it on the grill. Vacuum packing meat with a marinade in the vac bag will help the marinade penetrate quicker as the vacuum is pulling the fibers of the muscle apart.
I cooked the chicken at 325° until it reached an internal temperature of 165° which took about 25 minutes. Cooking it at a slightly lower temperature prevents the chicken from drying out and lets it retain more of its juice.
The first thing I noticed when I pulled it off of the grill was that it had a beautiful color to it, dark caramel and brown all over that looks like it formed a slight crust around portions of the breast. The taste is complex, there is a hint of bourbon at the back of the mouth and that sweetness from the brown sugar is unmistakable. All around this is a delicious piece of chicken, if you are fan of Excalibur’s other Kentucky Bourbon sauces or a fan of Bourbon at all then I think you will be very happy with this sauce. If I was doing this again I would baste more of the sauce on as it was grilling, I did not have a Sop Mop handy and with how delicious of a coating this made I wish I had more of it!
That is two of the Spirited Sauces I have made for my lunch in the last few days and I will be trying the Mango Moonshine next and then finish the sauces up with the Maple Whiskey. I can tell you right now I am not looking forward to the Maple Whiskey as I am not a Whiskey man, in fact some would argue I’m not much of a man at all!
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Weekly Blog Post - Octopus and Squid, Vacuum Packing
Find out what's going on at Walton's and Meatgistics this week. We will have a loose schedule for soon to be released videos, what we are working on long-term and maybe a few quick tips and tricks that are on our mind!What Videos are being released soon?
Depending on what you see as soon we will have the almost complete first round of Meatgistics University Classes released. We have broken everything down into these categories; Meat Processing Equipment, Seasoning and Additives, Fresh Sausage, Cured Sausage, Jerky, Sausage Casings, Deli Meats, Smoked Meats, Cured Whole Muscle Meats, and Specialty Sausages. Each of these topics will have multiple entry-level classes covering topics like the type of casing to use, equipment needed and a basic processing class where appropriate.What Projects are we looking ahead at?
We are going to be doing two new Will it BBQ’s, hopefully, this week where we try BBQ’ing Squid and Octopus! The squid was a suggestion by Bob Zambutto through Walton’s Inc Facebook account! I had been wanting to do both of these for a while and when I went to our local Asian Grocery Store (Tai Binh for anyone local to Wichita, KS) and they had lots of options for both, they have almost anything and I got a few more weird ideas while I was there! Anyway, I picked up some baby octopus and a full size one, some small squid and two large ones as well. I am excited and nervous to see how this goes if nothing else it should be fun to watch!What’s on our Mind?
Did you know that you shouldn’t vacuum pack Mushrooms or Garlic? I was reading a Vacmaster VP120 instruction manual the other day and I saw an interesting note that said not to vacuum pack Garlic or Mushrooms! I had no idea that you shouldn’t do this so I thought I would share that with meatgistics readers to let you know not to do it as well. Apparently, they both are prone to bacteria that will continue to grow in oxygen-free environments. I was hoping it was something more impressive than that but it is good information to have.New Products
22" X 24" Collagen Sheets This are typically used for larger whole muscle cuts of meat, like when you are making prosciutto, capocollo, or other dried hams. This is an item that we have had lots of requests for over the years so we were happy to finally find a reliable and reputable source for it.
Thanks for the response!
I think a video on processed celery would be incredible. The only place I have been able to find celery powder as a cure was from “The Sausage Maker”, they have a Facebook page. It was expensive, designed only for sausages, and wasn’t packaged well.
As for the tackiness, good idea with the cornstarch! There are a bunch of big brands with zero additives that were able to achieve the soft texture with no tackiness, so I’m thinking it has to be in the processing. I read an article where someone at KRAVE mentioned a couple details about how they process their jerky. He said they first inject the meat, then cook the whole pieces, then slice, then marinate, then dry. I have messed around with the idea behind this process a lot. Injecting with brine, sous-viding at a variety of temperatures and times, slicing, marinating, and drying. Decent results, but to be honest the high sugar method you introduced to me has seemed to have better results.
Anyway, I will keep trying to figure this out and will definitely keep you guys posted if I make any headway. In the meantime, if there is anything else you think might be worth testing, please let me know! It would be great to try and perfect this process together.
@bob-s-meatgistics I moved one of my first pork butts into the oven and my whole house smelled like smoke. My wife did not stop complaining for a week until the smell was gone from both the house and the oven. I finish all my cooks outside. If you wrap it to speed up the cook you may want to unwrap it for the last hour to put the bark back on it.
@jonathon I am definitely going to purchase and follow the steps you’ve post, thank you sir! Additionally, if anyone has recipes, please share. I’ll try them all and post what my family thought of each. Thank you all, this is a very cool and educational blog, glad I found it wish it was years ago! Thanks again.