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Old 11-22-2004, 12:59 AM   #1
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What the heck is bourbon?

Ok...........I posted a recipe on the Beef Board for meat thats marinated in Bourbon...........I went looking for it the other day when we were at Wal Mart.......in the liquour section and the only thing I saw was Jim Beam Bourban Whiskey..........is this what I should use?

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Old 11-22-2004, 11:55 AM   #2
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It's your recipe?? :?: :?:

Yes, it's bourbon whiskey. It's a very common sauce/marinade ingredient. Jack Daniels is a popular brand. Jim Beam, Makers Mark, Knob Creek, Wild Turkey are others. There are pricey and delicious aged bourbons like Booker's, Baker's and Basil Haydens but you wouldnt waste them for cooking.

Jack Daniels even manufactures marinades and sauces now, or has lent their name to someone else.
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Old 11-22-2004, 12:03 PM   #3
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Righto, jenny!

Bourbon is an all-American liquor made from fermented grain. Having said that, there is a big world of different types and different tastes spanning a wide spectrum. Sour-Mash bourbon is even made similarly to sourdough bread in using a "starter" in the fermentation process.

From Jack Daniels to Basil Hayden's, a wide world exists. Your Jim Beam will serve your cooking needs well.
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Old 11-22-2004, 12:04 PM   #4
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thanks for the inf. jennyema :)
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Old 11-23-2004, 09:21 AM   #5
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BOURBON BALLS


2 cups (500 ml) fine vanilla wafer or Graham cracker crumbs
1 cup (250 ml) powdered (confectioner's) sugar
1 cup (250 ml) finely ground pecans or walnuts
3 Tbs (45 ml) cocoa powder
3 Tbs (45 ml) light or dark corn syrup
1/4 cup (60 ml) bourbon, rum, or any whiskey
1/4 tsp (1 ml) cinnamon
1/4 tsp (1 ml) ground nutmeg
Cocoa and/or powdered sugar for coating

Combine the crumbs, sugar, nuts, cocoa, corn syrup, bourbon, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a mixing bowl and combine thoroughly. Roll into balls about 1" (2.5 cm) in diameter and roll in cocoa powder or powdered sugar to coat the outside. Store in an airtight container for at least one week, and up to three weeks. Makes about 30 balls.
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Old 11-23-2004, 09:46 AM   #6
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What about Mint juleps??

In a glass (The biger the better!)

Ice
Bourbon
Simple syrup made with mint
1 sprig mint in the glass for garnish


I like Maker's Mark for these...

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Old 11-23-2004, 10:14 PM   #7
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'Ol No. 7 Yams
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

4 large sweet potatoes
3 cups water
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
4 tablespoons butter
1 (3 to 4-inch) cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/3 cup bourbon (recommended: No. 7 Jack Daniels)
1 long strip orange peel

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Wash and dry sweet potatoes and bake for 1 hour or until potatoes are soft to the touch. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly then remove skin from potatoes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. While the potatoes are baking, combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes until sauce is slightly thickened. Slice the potatoes 1/2-inch thick into a medium casserole dish. Pour syrup over them and return to the oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes.
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Old 11-24-2004, 12:37 AM   #8
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Jack Daniels it is............I don't drink the stuff but hubby's nephew does so the extra can be for him when he stops by. Thanks all for the information......I knew I could find the answer through you guys :D
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Old 11-27-2004, 03:06 PM   #9
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http://www.straightbourbon.com/history.html
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Hate to point out, but Jack Daniel's is not bourbon. Look at the label.

From the JD FAQ:

Jack Daniel's is not a Bourbon - it's a TENNESSEE WHISKEY. Jack Daniel's is dripped slowly - drop-by-drop - through ten feet of firmly packed charcoal (made from hard sugar maple) before going into new charred oak barrels for aging. This special process gives Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey its rare smoothness. It's this extra step - charcoal mellowing - which makes Jack Daniel's a Tennessee Whiskey.
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