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    Bourbon with steak

    Does anyone out there have a favorite bourbon or Tennessee whiskey to enjoy with steak? Does it change if the steak in charcoal vs. gas grilled? Alternatively, any American whiskey that you have found goes poorly with steak?

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    Re: Bourbon with steak

    I virtually never drink bourbon WITH a meal, but I frequently have it ON a steak. I almost always marinate beef with bourbon -- usually Old Forester 86, because it's fairly inexpensive but still pretty good bourbon.

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    Re: Bourbon with steak

    When we go out to party with friends. I watch to see what everybody drinks. Not that I am counting or prying into thier life but I just take note what bourbon they choose, how they drink it and when. I have noticed that when we are at a big "sit down meal" or grilling steaks for a home picnic, they alomost always drink the bourbon before and after the meal. This happens every time. Not one of my friends or family will drink their bourbon, "during" a big meal.

    Hmmmmmmmmmm...blew my cover...now when I go out with my friends they will know that I am "REALLY" watching them

    Another thing I noticed, I was curious to see the results. During the bourbon festival my special guest was Craig Beam... I "grabbed" him and escorted him to the center of Gazebo (Straighbourbon.com party headquarters) to introduce him to everyone. Before I started, I asked Craig, did he want a drink? (On the table at the Gazebo, there looked to be at least a "jillion" bottles of bourbon available for tasting)

    Craig's first reflex was to drink "HIS BOURBON" but I asked him to try something different and tell me his opinion. He looked me dead in the eye...and scanned the table for a bit. He said, give me some of that Pappy. I've been wanting to try that for awhile. I fixed him a pour (neat) he swirrled it...sniffed...then tasted...

    I could tell by the look in his eye, he like it. His response was, It's pretty good stuff...Then...somebody stole him from me. I didn't get to see him again

    Bettye Jo

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    Re: Bourbon with steak

    Enjoy your bourbon while you're grilling. Try a dry woody brand like Knob Creek. And if the BBQ or weather is hot, drink it with ice or lots of branch water. Then make sure you've used a good bourbon BBQ sauce like the Elijah Craig, Evan Williams, Jim Beam, Wild Turkey or Buffalo Trace (all of whom have their own packaging etc.) and enjoy your meal with a cold beer or red wine. But I wouldn't know about the Steak part as I haven't had steak in over 20 years. How about bourbon and tofu. Anyone?

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    Re: Bourbon with steak

    I must be in a minority on this. I have enjoyed for many years the taste of a good steak along with either JD black, Gentleman Jack, or, occasionally, Wild Turkey 101. Relatively unconsciously, I developed a pattern of a bite of steak, a very small sip of whiskey, and then one to two more bites of steak.

    Thanks for the marinating tip. I have done the whiskey marinade before, but I think my choices may have been suboptimal.

    As for whiskey during grilling, before the meal, after the meal or during the meal...luckily, these choices are not mutually exclusive to the remaining ones!

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    Re: Bourbon with steak

    I like a rye bourbon for red meat typically...WT, OF, OGD. However, I had a great 10 year Dickel with a lamb burger recently. Nice match.

    As for whiskey during grilling, before the meal, after the meal or during the meal...luckily, these choices are not mutually exclusive to the remaining ones
    I agree. I'm hoping to plan a nice dinner this summer with bourbon used in about everything, marinade, side dishes, dessert. Should be fun!

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    Re: Bourbon with steak

    It must be a Va thing. I drink Bourbon and Coke (not Pepsi or any other impersonator)while cooking and eating heavy meats. I say it aids in digestion but the truth is, it's what I like. My last drink of the night or during the quiet times is only time I qualify as a Straight Bourbon Drinker (well maybe a little ice). It's a great way for me to slow down and coast to a stop.

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    Re: Bourbon with steak

    It has been ages since I mixed with soda, but years ago I used to mix with ginger ale. Consequently, I could imagine how an ice cold soda spiked with bourbon could taste quite pleasant out by a hot grill.

    I say we're in good company regarding bourbon with a meal:

    "If you've never had baked country ham, sliced thin, wedged between beaten biscuits and washed down with Old Fitz - honey, you've never lived!"

    -Helen Cromwell


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    Re: Bourbon with steak

    "If you've never had baked country ham, sliced thin, wedged between beaten biscuits and washed down with Old Fitz - honey, you've never lived!"

    -Helen Cromwell

    There you go. Gillman and I had this conversation last weekend. Bourbon really goes well with anything very savory and flavorful. It's a perfect match with country ham.

    Is Helen Cromwell the "Dirty Helen" of Sally Van Winkle's book? (I suppose I could go into the next room and look.)

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    Helen Cromwell quote

    Yes, you are (as usual) correct. I was revisiting the Van Winkle book the other day, and this quote is printed in large type in the margin of page 111. It jumped out at me as I was flipping through the pages. I thought, wow - that sounds great! According to "Dirty Helen," I still have not "lived," but Old Fitzgerald, probably BIB, with ham biscuits is now on my list of things to try.

    Earlier in this thread it seemed as though most responders didn't really have much enthusiasm for actually enjoying whiskey during a meal, so I thought I was in a small minority. Since I don't drink wine, whiskey seems to be a good complement with a meal for me. In my humble opinion, steak is probably the quintessential "whiskey meat," especially if it is charcoal grilled; however, I have had some enjoyable combinations with ham, salmon and tuna. Even though I'm partial to "woodier" whiskey, I think younger whiskeys go better with fish.

    Though not a bourbon, I once tried Copper Fox with pork chops. It was an interesting and not unpleasant combination, but I doubt I'll repeat it frequently.

 

 

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