Just a spoonful of bourbon and a splash of bacon grease will do wonders in your kitchen

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If you’ve ever had chocolate & bacon together I bet you’re hitting the Print Recipe button right now because they are GOOD! With a splash of bourbon & a tiny bit of bacon grease blended into my brownie batter, you will have yourself the most decadent & delicious brownie filled with all kinds of flavors you didn’t know you needed!

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Posted by Man Cake on Wednesday, July 10, 2019
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Bacon-Bourbon Brownies

Bacon-Bourbon Brownies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

A splash of bourbon & a tiny bit of bacon grease can do wonders in your kitchen.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup pecans / walnuts
  • 1 pound of sliced bacon, cooked
  • 10 ounces melted chocolate
  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons of bacon grease from cooked bacon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees & prepare your brownie pan with parchment paper / shortening.
  2. Cook bacon until crisp, for about 6 minutes, & drain on paper towels while cooling.
  3. Keep 3 tablespoons of bacon grease from pan.
  4. Combine both chocolate & butter in heatproof bowl & melt together.
  5. Pour melted chocolate into large bowl.
  6. Beat in both sugars along with bacon grease on a medium low speed.
  7. Add in bourbon and mix.
  8. Add in eggs & salt, mixing until smooth.
  9. Add in both the flour & cocoa powder, mixing until fully incorporated.
  10. Bake brownies for 50 – 60 minutes & allow to cool completely once out of the oven.
  11. Top with chocolate sauce or melted chocolate.
  12. Sprinkled on chopped bacon & then more chocolate.
  13. Finish with chopped nuts & more chocolate.

Notes

    • If you'd like more bourbon flavor, poke some holes on top of the brownies before cutting and brush on 2 tablespoons worth of your bourbon of choice.
    • Room Temperature Ingredients: Be sure to allow your dairy ingredients to reach room temperature. Room temperature ingredients not only combine more effortlessly (no over-mixing needed) but they also trap air so much better. This trap air will expand and produce a fluffy texture during your baking process.
    • Prepared Pan: There will always be the "next best way to prepare your pan" article. Simply put however, the most effective way i find in my kitchen is a light rub of shortening around the sides, parchment paper on the bottom of the pan (for majority of baking pans), & a very light dusting of flour (cocoa powder for chocolate baked goods) all throughout.

Kitchen Note(s):

  • If you’d like more bourbon flavor, poke some holes on top of the brownies before cutting and brush on 2 tablespoons worth of your bourbon of choice.
  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Be sure to allow your dairy ingredients to reach room temperature. Room temperature ingredients not only combine more effortlessly (no over-mixing needed) but they also trap air so much better. This trap air will expand and produce a fluffy texture during your baking process.
  • Prepared Pan: There will always be the “next best way to prepare your pan” article. Simply put however, the most effective way i find in my kitchen is a light rub of shortening around the sides, parchment paper on the bottom of the pan (for majority of baking pans), & a very light dusting of flour (cocoa powder for chocolate baked goods) all throughout.

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