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Bacon Old-Fashioned Cocktail

Bacon Old-Fashioned Cocktail

By Jeffrey Morgenthaler

An "Old-Fashioned" twist on a timeless classic. Bourbon approved and bacon-infused, you'll never go back to the old way.

Prep Time

5 Minutes

Cook Time

20 Minutes




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Units of Measurement:
8 Slices bacon
1/4 Cup warm water (110°F to 115°F)
750 mL bourbon
1/4 Fluid Ounce maple syrup
2 Dash Angostura bitters
1 fresh orange peel


  • 1

    Smoke bacon prior to making Old Fashioned using this recipe for Applewood Smoked Bacon.

  • 2

    To Make Bacon: When ready to cook, set the Traeger to 325℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

    325 ˚F / 163 ˚C

    • 8 Slices bacon

  • 3

    Place bacon in a single layer on a cooling rack that fits inside a baking sheet pan. Cook in Traeger for 15-20 minutes or until bacon is browned and crispy. Reserve bacon for later. Let the fat cool slightly; you’ll use the fat to infuse the bourbon.

    325 ˚F / 163 ˚C

  • 4

    Combine 1/4 cup of warm (not hot) liquid bacon fat with the entire contents of a 750ml bottle of bourbon in a glass or heavy plastic container.

    • 1/4 Cup warm water (110°F to 115°F)

    • 750 mL bourbon

  • 5

    Use a fork to stir well. Let it sit on the counter for a few hours, stirring every so often.

  • 6

    After about four hours, put bourbon fat mixture into the freezer. After about an hour, the fat will congeal and you can simply scoop it out with a spoon. You can fine-strain the mixture through a sieve to remove all fat if desired.

  • 7

    Combine ingredients with ice and stir until cold. Strain over fresh ice in an Old Fashioned glass and garnish with reserved bacon and orange peel. Enjoy!

    • 1/4 Fluid Ounce maple syrup

    • 2 Dash Angostura bitters

    • 1  fresh orange peel

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