10 Ways to Use Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup

Bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup is by far the most popular aged flavor we sell. Once you taste it, you instantly know how great it is! But there are times we can’t get people past the concept of tasting a maple syrup.

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup

Maple syrup that is perfectly aged in old bourbon barrels, transforms from a simple breakfast topping into a truly unique cooking ingredient. One of the magical benefits of using bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup when cooking is, it instantly turns a plain Jane recipe into a gourmet masterpiece. Because we are not all professionally trained chefs, here are a few new ways to use this delightful product.

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Cooking with Maple Syrup

When cooking with bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup, you must know that this is not the same grade of maple syrup you would naturally reach for to pour over your pancakes. Our barrel-aged maple syrup starts with a late harvest sap, which is known as a Grade A, Dark Amber. This late season and darker maple has a notably more robust flavor on it’s own. It also contains more nutrients and antioxidants when harvested later in the season than it’s lighter counter part. Better Flavor + Greater Nutrition Content = Winner
1. BBQ

If you love to break out the grill during the warm months or love the aromatic smell of pecan wood coming from your smoker, this is the way to use your barrel-aged maple. Bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup makes the perfect finishing sauce for any grilled or smoked meats. [even on some of those veggies too] 

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For grillmasters, brush on the barrel-aged maple during the last 5 minutes of cooking. Grill mats or aluminum foil is highly recommended! If you prefer to use a smoker, add a basting to your meat during the last 30 minutes. 

Recipe Ideas: Maple Grilled Ribs — Applewood Smoked Maple Bacon — Maple + Sriracha Chicken Kebobs

2. Vinaigrettes
For those out there like us, we always forget to buy salad dressing. It’s probably not intentionally, however it leaves tons of possibilities open when we arrive home to DIY when dressing up salads. For others looking to consume real food with real ingredients, this is the use for you!
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When combined with oils, spices, sometimes a cheese, and shaken the bourbon barrel-aged maple tames its flavor to become a perfect mate for year-round salad pairings. 
3. Caramelized Veggies

This might be our favorite current use, bourbon barrel-aged caramelized vegetables. The barrel aged syrup really pairs well with brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, asparagus, mushrooms, carrots, and really any root vegetable. 

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The secret to using the barrel-aged maple syrup with vegetables is simply drizzling it on during the last few minutes of cooking. It won’t take long at all for the maple to really warm up and caramelize. 

Recipes Ideas: Maple + Sriracha Cauliflower — Cinnamon Maple Roasted Squash — Pan Seared Brussels Sprouts

4. Fish & Seafood

Who hasn’t seen some version of bourbon salmon on a menu lately? Do you know what the secret ingredient is? Bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup!

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What executive chefs aren’t telling you, is they have been secretly using this barrel-aged syrup for years. One of their main reasons is due to the consistency; they know every dish ordered and sent out using our bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup is going to have the same quality, every time.  Recipe Ideas: Maple Garlic Lime Shrimp [sub maple for honey] — Maple Walnut Salmon — Scallop Lollipops
5. Charcuterie Board

Our second love affair is with charcuterie boards. They really allow you to get creative with taste and presentation. 

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Warm or cold, bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup has a home on these plates. We recommend drizzled straight on cheeses – or – you can leave that option up to your guests. You can candy nuts with the maple for a more subtle addition.  Recipe Ideas: Maple Pecan Baked Brie — Maple Glazed Walnuts
6. Refined Sugar Substitute

Maple syrup, even though it is still a sugar, can be a great natural substitute for white sugar, brown sugar, honey, or even those artificial sweeteners. 

Liked by the Paleo community as their go-to sweetener, it can add flavor while still adding value. Bourbon barrel-aged maple is no different in that it can provide essential nutrients, it’s packed with antioxidants, pure maple helps your muscles recover, and it can also aid in digestion. 

Replacing Sugar with Maple Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar = 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 TBSP sugar = 3/4 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1 tsp sugar = 3/4 tsp maple syrup
7. Cocktails

Yes, we said cocktails! Enhance your mixology skills by using bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup instead of simple syrup or as an addition to most cocktails. Two of the most common drinks calling for the barrel-aged syrup are old fashions and smashed cocktails. 

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If you’re not a fan of the alcoholic kind, cocktails, lattes, and even sodas benefit from the addition of bourbon maple.  Recipe Ideas: Bourbon Maple SmashMaple Cream Soda — Brown Derby
8. Ice Cream Topping

This might actually be the easiest application for the bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup. Remember to drizzle it over a high quality ice cream, we prefer a hand churned vanilla bean. A dab of whipped cream never hurt either!

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Your ice cream sundae game just instantly increased by 1,000 points. Recipes Ideas: Peach Streusel Sundae — Pumpkin Pie Sundae
9. Candied Bacon

Maple syrup and bacon were created for each other. Whether you ate meat or not, this is a must try! Bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup candied bacon, oh my!

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Using the barrel-aged syrup to add a finishing touch to your breakfast or brunch, turns the your ordinary bacon into a must-have treat. This works with pork, turkey, mushroom, eggplant, and another other item you might use to create bacon.

Recipe Ideas: Maple Candied Bacon — Mushroom Bacon

10. Breakfast

Breakfast was intentionally left for last. Sorry, not sorry. There are so many ways to use bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup, that we had to offer you all the non-breakfast foods first to break your thinking because it’s not just for pancakes. 

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Most breakfast items like pancakes, waffles, and french toast that you normally eat with maple syrup should still be coated with the plain syrup. Add a drizzle of the bourbon maple for flavor, not drenching! Recipe Ideas: Cinnamon Maple GranolaBlueberry Turkey Breakfast SausageSweet Potato Hash

Let us know how you us your bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup by sending us a message. Send us your recipe ideas and photos for us to share on Facebook & Instagram!

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