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2014-05-09 10:45:32 AM
That bottle of whiskey looks interesting, what is it?

Glad you asked.  This is made from the finest bacon gravy, a gravy made from bacon made from pigs fed the grain used to make whiskey.  This gravy is then distilled, force fed to pigs fed on their own gravy to the point where their livers are near bursting, then are then slaughtered to have foie gras made from the scarred remains of heir bloated internal organs, this in turn is stuffed into whiskey infused sausages and run through a vigorous baconating process.  Again this meat slurry is put into hardwood barrels where it sits for 10 years and is then....

Sorry tointerrupt but on second thought I'll just have a beer.

Ah good good good, each beer has a story to tell.  Take this strawberry kissed Belgian-style handcrafted pilsner for example.  Reminiscent of a craftsmanship rarely found outside of a monastic OCD mental ward, the brewmaster literally kisses each strawberry as he lovingly pulps them into the vat infusing the beloved fruit with a hoppy mix of....


On third thought, just the check please.
 
2014-05-09 11:13:27 AM
I like bacon. I like whiskey. I don't want whiskey to taste like bacon. I want it to taste like whiskey. Good whiskey. I guess we'll wait and see if this porcine experiment yields a whiskey-tinged meat.
 
2014-05-09 12:00:02 PM
I'll try the bacon but do not get the bacon in my bourbon glass.

If you need to put flavored mixer in your booze you shouldn't be allowed decent booze.
 
2014-05-09 12:21:10 PM
those whisky producers are somehow confused that the bacon produced from these pigs will taste of whiskey. They will not. If anything, they will taste of grains.

Despite what you may think, the pigs are not drinking any whiskey. Instead, they're eating a distinct diet that incorporates the dry distillery grain, from the whiskey-making process, into the feed.

This does not produce whiskey pigs. I had some fig newtons earlier; I'm pretty sure I don't taste like figs.

Somehow I'm thinking this is a publicity stunt.
 
2014-05-09 12:44:20 PM

Nabb1: I like bacon. I like whiskey. I don't want whiskey to taste like bacon. I want it to taste like whiskey. Good whiskey. I guess we'll wait and see if this porcine experiment yields a whiskey-tinged meat.


I disagree with you on lots of issues.  I completely agree with you on this.

There's common  ground for every man!


:)
 
2014-05-09 12:46:07 PM
Nothing good happens after noon?
 
2014-05-09 12:47:51 PM
Meh.  Bacon is

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2014-05-09 12:48:26 PM
Cook up your bacon in a pan.
When you've cooked it all, put it all back in the pan.
Add a shot of Laphroig or Lagavulin (nice, peaty stuff)
Cover with a lid and let it steam.
 
2014-05-09 12:50:14 PM

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: Cook up your bacon in a pan.
When you've cooked it all, put it all back in the pan.
Add a shot of Laphroig or Lagavulin (nice, peaty stuff)
Cover with a lid and let it steam.


Ew.  That would make it all soft again.

Of course I like my bacon roughly 3oF short of burnt, so I'm the outsider here.
 
2014-05-09 12:59:50 PM
I really like Templeton Rye, but my guess is that these pigs will taste like pigs. Good for them on roping in a bunch of suckers that will pay way too much for the final result of their project.
 
2014-05-09 01:01:31 PM
Interesting subby, but aren't you supposed to be at the monster truck rally? Still have time to stop for a bucket of deep fried something.
 
2014-05-09 01:02:23 PM
This is stupid and they should feel stupid.
 
2014-05-09 01:04:41 PM

Nabb1: I like bacon. I like whiskey. I don't want whiskey to taste like bacon. I want it to taste like whiskey. Good whiskey. I guess we'll wait and see if this porcine experiment yields a whiskey-tinged meat.


That was my first thought, but the idea of whiskey-flavored bacon makes me moist.
Very, very moist.
 
2014-05-09 01:05:24 PM
If pigs tasted like what they ate, they'd taste like shiat. Just ask Jules Winfield, my man from Amsterdam.
 
2014-05-09 01:08:00 PM

gopher321: those whisky producers are somehow confused that the bacon produced from these pigs will taste of whiskey. They will not. If anything, they will taste of grains.

Despite what you may think, the pigs are not drinking any whiskey. Instead, they're eating a distinct diet that incorporates the dry distillery grain, from the whiskey-making process, into the feed.

This does not produce whiskey pigs. I had some fig newtons earlier; I'm pretty sure I don't taste like figs.

Somehow I'm thinking this is a publicity stunt.


It is a publicity stunt.  Kentucky farmers have been feeding their livestock spent mash for years.

In this case, it's really stupid since they have to truck the mash from Indiana (where the whiskey is actually distilled) back to Iowa to feed their pigs.
 
2014-05-09 01:09:37 PM
Meh.
 
2014-05-09 01:14:24 PM
can't really hurt.  And marketing aside, it isn't that new.  A co-worker of mine has family that raise cows in PA, and for years they fed them the used barley from the Yeungling plant.  No word on if it made the cows any tastier or even happier, but it was an efficient use of a waste product.
 
2014-05-09 01:14:49 PM

Satan's Bunny Slippers: Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: Cook up your bacon in a pan.
When you've cooked it all, put it all back in the pan.
Add a shot of Laphroig or Lagavulin (nice, peaty stuff)
Cover with a lid and let it steam.

Ew.  That would make it all soft again.

Of course I like my bacon roughly 3oF short of burnt, so I'm the outsider normal one here.


FTFM.

If bacon bends more than about 5° without breaking, it isn't done.
 
2014-05-09 01:16:14 PM

gopher321: Somehow I'm thinking this is a publicity stunt.


It is.  Many breweries and distilleries already sell off the spent grains from their mash to farmers for feed or compost. Nobody has really bragged about the unique flavor it imparts to the meat, so there probably isn't any.

Also, try tasting wort after you've mashed your grains.  It doesn't taste anything like whiskey.
 
2014-05-09 01:16:29 PM
Dazrin:

Thanks for making me feel less of an outsider.

Wanna go get some bacon and whiskey?
 
2014-05-09 01:20:58 PM

Dinjiin: gopher321: Somehow I'm thinking this is a publicity stunt.

It is.  Many breweries and distilleries already sell off the spent grains from their mash to farmers for feed or compost. Nobody has really bragged about the unique flavor it imparts to the meat, so there probably isn't any.

Also, try tasting wort after you've mashed your grains.  It doesn't taste anything like whiskey.


I don't know if it's still the case, but a lot of them would just give it away.  It's a huge amount of material that they would otherwise have to dispose of, and it's actually pretty nutritious.

Although from what I've recall it's probably better for ruminants than pigs, but whatever
 
2014-05-09 01:22:19 PM
TFA may be stupid, but recently the FDA tried to regulate the use of spent grain as animal feed.  Had they succeeded the price of beer, bourbon, and bacon would have almost certainly gone up.  Not only that but a lot of that spent grain would have wound up in landfills.
 
2014-05-09 01:23:42 PM
I like to eat a little of my spent grain when I brew.. it's tastyish
 
2014-05-09 01:24:15 PM
I think you'd have more success in making a well infused whiskey bacon by smoking the bacon with spent whiskey barrels.
 
2014-05-09 01:25:46 PM

JoieD'Zen: I'll try the bacon but do not get the bacon in my bourbon glass.

If you need to put flavored mixer in your booze you shouldn't be allowed decent booze.


Thank you for stating what so clearly needed to be said.

I personally don't even want to flavor my bourbon with ice. But I will allow an exemption to people for that. Or a very small splash of water.
 
2014-05-09 01:26:50 PM
*summons inner tickle*
Well its just a natural progression of things ya know. i mean first you gotta make the mash for the still, then you start making the whiskey. but your gonna wanna age that whiskey, and on toppa that you got all this leftover grain from yer mash. well getcha some little hogs and start feeding em the left over grain that way nothin goes to waste then when them hogs are big enough your whiskeys aged good so you take the hogs to the butcher. but now you got all this whiskey and hog so you gotta do somethin with it well soak some bacon from that hog in the whiskey for a bit and fry it up sheet. and then to top it off drinkin so good whiskey why eating bacon cooked in whiskey that whats feed off the grain that made the whiskey...
 
2014-05-09 01:33:50 PM
I've dated some whiskey pigs.
 
2014-05-09 01:35:56 PM

hobnail: gopher321: those whisky producers are somehow confused that the bacon produced from these pigs will taste of whiskey. They will not. If anything, they will taste of grains.

Despite what you may think, the pigs are not drinking any whiskey. Instead, they're eating a distinct diet that incorporates the dry distillery grain, from the whiskey-making process, into the feed.

This does not produce whiskey pigs. I had some fig newtons earlier; I'm pretty sure I don't taste like figs.

Somehow I'm thinking this is a publicity stunt.

It is a publicity stunt.  Kentucky farmers have been feeding their livestock spent mash for years.

In this case, it's really stupid since they have to truck the mash from Indiana (where the whiskey is actually distilled) back to Iowa to feed their pigs.


This.  Even my country bumpkin grandpa from Arkansas fed his mash to the hogs...then again, he buried his still under the hog pen as well, just to keep the revenuers' at bay.   And yes, while what he made technically falls under the term "moonshine,"  he sold blended, filtered, and aged spirits that WERE whiskey, it just didn't have government oversight, and the subsequent taxes, added to the price.
 
2014-05-09 01:36:57 PM
Pretty sure people have been feeding pigs grain mash since... forever.
 
2014-05-09 01:40:17 PM
Army buddy of mine has a jar of home made bacon infused bourbon.  Its an affront to bourbon and an affront to bacon.  Whenever one of us looses a bet, a warm shot of this is the loser's default.

/end csb
 
2014-05-09 01:45:06 PM
That sounds scarily similar to how mad cow disease got started.
 
2014-05-09 01:45:21 PM
Jesus, just how drunk, bloated, and greasy do you need to be??
 
2014-05-09 01:47:33 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Jesus, just how drunk, bloated, and greasy do you need to be??


Hey, don't knock it till you try it!
 
2014-05-09 01:48:47 PM
BACON
BACON
BACON
BACON

I hope a plague decimates the pig population and causes the price of bacon to skyrocket. The resulting bacon-hipster anguish will be more delicious.
 
2014-05-09 01:51:14 PM

AspectRatio: BACON
BACON
BACON
BACON

I hope a plague decimates the pig population and causes the price of bacon to skyrocket. The resulting bacon-hipster anguish will be more delicious.


Dude(tte)...I just like bacon.  Why you gotta be all mean about it?
 
2014-05-09 01:51:26 PM

AspectRatio: BACON
BACON
BACON
BACON

I hope a plague decimates the pig population and causes the price of bacon to skyrocket. The resulting bacon-hipster anguish will be more delicious.


You mean like porcine epidemic diarrhea?
 
2014-05-09 01:54:59 PM

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: Cook up your bacon in a pan.
When you've cooked it all, put it all back in the pan.
Add a shot of Laphroig or Lagavulin (nice, peaty stuff)
Cover with a lid and let it steam.


I'm sorry, but no...

I will not be wasting my good scotch to ruin my good bacon.

If they should meet in my stomach, they can sort it out for themselves.
 
2014-05-09 01:56:44 PM
JoieD'Zen: If you need to put flavored mixer in your booze you shouldn't be allowed decent booze.

garandman1a: Thank you for stating what so clearly needed to be said.  I personally don't even want to flavor my bourbon with ice. But I will allow an exemption to people for that. Or a very small splash of water.


Some people suggest that the only time you should use steak sauce is when you have an inferior cut of beef.  Likewise, some people suggest that the only time you should use a mixer is when you have an inferior spirit.  I can see both of those points, but I don't necessarily agree with them.

Instead, I follow the "don't drown your food" rule.  If I do add something to my bourbon, it is only a splash.  You should still be able to taste the key flavors of the spirit.

What I don't like is the trend to use flavorings to mask substandard booze.  In the beer world, you see it with the overuse of hops.  In the hard spirits world, you see it with the overuse of spices or other flavorings.  Even with a crap load of cinnamon or honey, I can tell if you left in a bunch of fusel alcohols because you're using a continuous still.  It is still garbage in, garbage out.
 
2014-05-09 02:19:31 PM

LandOfChocolate: Meh.  Bacon is

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Over?
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"It ain't over til WE say it's over!"
 
2014-05-09 02:27:30 PM
Pigs will grow eating the spent grains from distilleries and breweries but their fat is going to be softer than if they're finished on ground, whole grains.  Soft fat makes lousy bacon.  Soft fat is bad for any kind of charcuterie.

Pigs will also drink beer.  Not sure if they'll drink whiskey.  But most beers they like.  It doesn't come through in the taste of the meat, however.  It is a wonderful adjunct to their regular diet, however.

If you want pork to taste like whiskey, brine it in whiskey before you cook it.
 
2014-05-09 02:37:43 PM
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2014-05-09 02:38:19 PM
No bacon in it, but crown royal maple is amazing
 
2014-05-09 02:41:47 PM
Since whiskey's primarly flavor comes from the wood chemicals it leaches out of the charred barrels, I am pretty sure someone is getting taken for a ride here.
 
2014-05-09 03:22:26 PM
That's it;  "Great bacon and whiskey!" (which is how I read the first part of this headline for some reason) is my new exclamation.
 
2014-05-09 03:53:52 PM
Yawn
 
2014-05-09 03:54:51 PM

Dinjiin: gopher321: Somehow I'm thinking this is a publicity stunt.

It is.  Many breweries and distilleries already sell off the spent grains from their mash to farmers for feed or compost. Nobody has really bragged about the unique flavor it imparts to the meat, so there probably isn't any.

Also, try tasting wort after you've mashed your grains.  It doesn't taste anything like whiskey.


at the brewery I work at, we have an agreement with the farmers we deal with to remove our grain that we get a couple of the wee beasties for the pub come harvest time.

while we do promote the specialness of how the beast was raised on a diet of our spent grain, we don't ever try to convince anybody that it has any kind of unique flavor because of it..

if someone wants to infer that it does, than, more power to them.
 
2014-05-09 03:56:48 PM

gopher321: those whisky producers are somehow confused that the bacon produced from these pigs will taste of whiskey. They will not. If anything, they will taste of grains.

Despite what you may think, the pigs are not drinking any whiskey. Instead, they're eating a distinct diet that incorporates the dry distillery grain, from the whiskey-making process, into the feed.

This does not produce whiskey pigs. I had some fig newtons earlier; I'm pretty sure I don't taste like figs.

Somehow I'm thinking this is a publicity stunt.


"Whiskey Pigs." You, sir, have just named the band that I must now form.
 
2014-05-09 03:58:04 PM

That Guy What Stole the Bacon: gopher321: those whisky producers are somehow confused that the bacon produced from these pigs will taste of whiskey. They will not. If anything, they will taste of grains.

Despite what you may think, the pigs are not drinking any whiskey. Instead, they're eating a distinct diet that incorporates the dry distillery grain, from the whiskey-making process, into the feed.

This does not produce whiskey pigs. I had some fig newtons earlier; I'm pretty sure I don't taste like figs.

Somehow I'm thinking this is a publicity stunt.

"Whiskey Pigs." You, sir, have just named the band that I must now form.


Never mind. Already taken.

/initiate childish pouting
 
2014-05-09 04:55:06 PM

GDubDub: I think you'd have more success in making a well infused whiskey bacon by smoking the bacon with spent whiskey barrels.


You might be on to something there, but since whiskey is generally aged in charred barrels, you might pick up more burned flavor than you want.
 
2014-05-09 05:20:26 PM

jdjoker: GDubDub: I think you'd have more success in making a well infused whiskey bacon by smoking the bacon with spent whiskey barrels.

You might be on to something there, but since whiskey is generally aged in charred barrels, you might pick up more burned flavor than you want.


once again, you'd just pick up the flavors of the oak smoke. not really the barrel.. I know folks like jack danials like to sell smoker chips made from thier barrels, but, yeah, what you get off that wood is more "campfire" than anything..

but hey, if rubes want to pay more for it because, more power to them.
 
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