MONDAY, AUGUST 8, 2011 Bourbon Barrel Rehab
I first want to say that I’ve had a hard time writing this piece for Bourbon Barrel Rehab. The reasons behind this problem are based solely on my writing abilities to comprehend what I’ve tasted the past two days. Having the privilege of meeting Jeff and Liz, the driving force behind the Louisville based company Bourbon Barrel Rehab, I have decided they have a very unique gift. The gift of barrel resurrection.
When asked to review Bourbon Barrel Rehab, I was extremely excited of the fact I get to indulge myself in Kentucky culture such as the bourbon barrel. When I met Jeff and Liz, they immediately handed me two bags of Bourbon Barrel Smoking Chips right out of their collection. Being true believers of their product, I could tell I was in for something great. I was right.
Jeff explained exactly how to use the smoking chips and even told me what they have tried. Meats such as Brats, Hamburgers, grilled chicken, and even hot dogs, I was excited at my opportunities coming my way. The two choices that I thought would be wonderful were Red Snapper and Bison. Once the chips were in foil and on the hot coals, the fish went on. The aromatic response was immediate to those around me. The smell of the oak barrel and the bourbon that once spent most of it’s delicate life in that barrel was now fusing with the Red Snapper on the grill. The taste of the fish was amazing. The smoked bourbon taste wasn’t overwhelming, yet I knew it was there. The tastes were slightly sweet, yet had the smoked flavor that I love. Needless to say the Red Snapper was an instant favorite and didn’t last long at dinner.
With one more option to try, I wanted to stay with a lean meat such as Bison. My last bag of Bourbon Barrel Smoking Chips were prepared the same way as before and put on hot coals. Once the thick cuts of Bison were added and the cover closed, once again the aroma was something so wonderful you have to experience it yourself. The bison meat stayed on longer allowing more time with the bourbon barrel chips. When dinner was served, things got quiet at the dinner table. The taste was perfect. I could taste more of a smokey bourbon flavor than in the Red Snapper due to the length of time on the grill. I highly recommend these Bourbon Barrel Chips with both fish and bison. Needless to say, there was nothing left on any plate those two nights when cooking with the Bourbon Barrel Smoking Chips.
Having the pleasure to review Bourbon Barrel Rehab and their Smoking Chips, I can promise I will be a repeat customer. Jeff and Liz are great people and their love for the Commonwealth and our unique culture shows in all they do. Making art out of bourbon barrels is something all Kentuckians can appreciate and it’s something all Kentuckians envy. I can’t wait to cook again with Bourbon Barrel Rehab.