BBQ & Bourbon Pairings

 Bourbon BBQ Pairing

BBQ & Bourbon are one of my favorite pairings in the world. They go together better than peanut butter & jelly. We set out to find the best bourbons to pair with the most popular smoked meats. In this case we paired brisket, ribs, pulled pork and sausage with bourbons that are obtainable. For this YouTube video we brought in Ryan Cecil, a true bourbon expert from Kentucky, to Texas. Ryan is the co-host of Bourbon Pursuit, the #1 downloaded podcast in Bourbon. Ryan is also the Master Blender at Pursuit Spirits. Ryan has grown up in the bourbon business and as he says in the video, it is in his blood.

As a bonus, Ryan also makes 2 amazing whiskey cocktails in this video. Ryan's Bourbon Mojito & an Old Fashioned recipes can be found below.

BBQ & Bourbon Pairing Video:

Bourbon Mojito Recipe
  • 2 oz high rye bourbon (we use Pursuit United)
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 1 sprig of mint
  • 1/2 oz ginger syrup
  • 3-4 oz club soda

In a high ball cockstail glass - Squeeze the juice of 2 lime wedges and drop the wedges in. Take the leaves off one sprig of mint and place in the glass. Add 2 ounces of bourbon. Add the ginger syrup.

Muddle the ingredients together in the glass. Fill the glass with ice. Top with club soda. Swirl it all together with a bar spoon.

Old Fashioned Recipe

  • 2 oz rye whiskey (we use Pursuit United)
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup (we use 1:1 maple syrup to water)
  • angostura bitters
  • black walnut bitters (we use Fee Brothers)
  • garnish
    • luxardo cherries
    • lemon (or orange)

Simple Syrup - mix 1 part grade a maple syrup and 1 part water. Heat in a sauce pan over medium heat until combined or place on a smoker at 225 for an hour if you want a smoke element.

In a cocktail mixing glass with ice - Pour 2 ounces of rye whiskey, 1/2 ounce maple simple syrup, 2 dashes of angostura bitters, 1 dash of black walnut bitters. Swirl it all together with a bar spoon to chill. 

Serve in a low ball glass with a whiskey ice cube. Rub the rim of the glass with a lemon peel as we did in this video. Serve with a luxardo cherry. Cheers!

Some photos from the shoot:

Russells Reserve

Elijah Craig

Pursuit United

Bardstown Bourbon Company


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