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.
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.
Cooking with Maple Syrup
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]
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.
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.
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.
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!
5. Charcuterie Board
Our second love affair is with charcuterie boards. They really allow you to get creative with taste and presentation.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.