Saturday, November 9, 2013

Bourbon Brownies with Brown Sugar Bacon

This is the one and only time anything really good has come out of Nick purchasing alcohol. When he walked in with this I was a bit excited. I enjoy drinking Bourbon. The taste, and smell, the sweetness, and something just feels warm about it. So after having a sip or two of Bourbon I started to think of how I was going to get more out of this bottle.

I spent a while looking for a recipe that I really loved, but all of the brownies appeared to me as very cakey, and had about 6 eggs in them and two different kinds of chocolate. I needed something that I didn't have to go to the store for. After a long search with no results, I figured I would have to figure this out myself. I started off with a base recipe for some fudgey brownies and adapted it to really get a bourbon brownie.

These brownies are not for whoosies! They have a strong bourbon taste, verk oaky mixed with a rich chocolate taste. They are definitely for a mature palate - and someone with an acquired taste for bourbon. I like to think of them as man brownies, I mean, come on, they have bacon! This recipe could easily be changed into bacon brownies sans the bourbon and substituted with water.

  • 1 and 1/3 cup of flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup bourbon, you could also use 1/4 cup
  • 1 package of bacon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper leaving enough for an overhang. Line a baking sheet with foil for the bacon.
  2. Place bacon onto your baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  3. Now, In a saucepan melt your butter. Once melted add your sugar, vanilla, bourbon and if you're feeling extra fun, a teaspoon of bacon grease once your bacon finishes. 
  4. In a large bowl sift together your cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Add your bourbon mixture to the flour mixture and mix till just combined being sure not to over mix.
  6. Add your eggs and using a whisk, mix well. You should now have a smooth batter
  7. Chop your bacon into thin slices. Add half of the bacon into the batter and stir. 
  8. Pour your batter into prepared 8x8 pan. Sprinkle the last half of bacon onto the top of the uncooked brownies. Set aside.
  9. Using the same baking sheet, add three pieces of bacon (or however much really, this is the crispy topping) sprinkle your bacon with brown sugar and pecans. 
  10. Place brownies and bacon in the oven. Bake brownies for 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out with moist bits of brownie, but not wet. Cook bacon until crispy.
  11. Once done, cut the brown sugar bacon and pecans then sprinkle onto brownies. Drizzle with caramel sauce. Enjoy!


  1. Mm this sounds so good! The bacon on top makes it perfect!

  2. Bacon makes everything better. These look delicious!

  3. Oh. My. Goodness... this looks so amazingly delicious!

    And ditto to Jayne's comment, bacon makes everything better!! :)


  4. I've nominated you for an award!

  5. Looks amazing!!


  6. I made these the other day and everyone loved them. Okay one guy didn't but I've decided that person lacks taste buds

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  8. Hands down the best recipe I've ever made! One minor change...i made dulce de leche instead of Carmel just because its a bit thicker and adds a less obtrusive flavor in order to compliment all the other flavors in this. Thank you for sharing!