Grilling With Jack Contest Winners: Smoked Jack Daniels Twinkies Wrapped in Bacon & The Ultimate Jack Daniels Dinner
Wow. You guys really outdid yourself on this one. So much so that I had to pick 2 winners!! See all the comments on the original contest post to see all the honorable mentions including a whiskey cream sauce, cedar planked salmon with Jack, and some great Jack infused BBQ sauce recipes.
Drum Roll please, AND THE BOTTLE OF JACK GOES TO: Meat,Inc’s Smoked Jack Daniels Twinkines and Jacked Up Grills Ultimate Jack Daniels Dinner which includes: Jack Daniels Chipotle Flank Steak, Bacon and Grilled Peach Cocktail and Keylime Pie with Whiskey Cream. OMG OMG!! Here are the two recipes to make your mouth water!!
The Ultimate Jack Dinner, courtesy of The Jacked Up Grill
Tonight we had the ultimate Jack Daniels Sunday Dinner!
It started with a cocktail: Grilled peach and Bacon infused Jack Daniels Old Fashioned.
Mix 1 ounce bacon fat with 4 oz. Jack Daniels
Add 4-6 grilled peach slices
Stir thoroughly, then let sit at room temperature for 6 hours
Remove peach slices and strain into freezer safe bowl
Let freeze overnight, then strain again to remove solidified fat
In a cocktail shaker, add whiskey, ice, juice of 1/2 Meyer Lemon, a few dashes of bitters, and 2 tsp honey. Shake and strain into chilled glasses (2 servings). Garnish with grilled lemon and bacon strip.
For dinner, Jack Daniel’s Honey Chipotle Marinated Flank Steak.
- 1/2 cup honey
- 4 chipotle peppers in adobo, chopped
- juice of 2 limes
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/4 cup Jack Daniel’s Whiskey
Mix and seal with meat in a ziploc bag for at least 6 hours.
For steak sauce, heat in a saucepan until thickened to a honey-like consistency
On the side, a Jack Daniel’s Apple, Red Pepper, Snow Pea Salad
- 1 red bell pepper, julienned
- 1 granny smith apple, julienned
- 20 snow peas
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp Jack Daniel’s
Blanch peas, then place in ice bath. Finely julienne red pepper and apple.
For vinaigrette, stir all ingredients together, and then whisk very quickly while adding olive oil. Mix peas, apples, peppers and vinaigrette until everything is coated.
And for dessert, a Key Lime Pie with Jack Daniel’s Honey Whipped Cream
Pie crust recipe from Paula Deen, except instead of ice water, I used ice cold Jack.
Pie recipe came from another great blogger called Pie It Forward http://www.stlworkingmom.com/
For the whipped cream,
- 1 cup Whipping Cream
- 2 tbsps confectioner’s sugar
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp Jack Daniel’s
In a mixer, combine all ingredients and gradually increase mixer speed until cream is puffed up and firm enough to hold its shape. Spoon out as desired onto pie.
So there you have it! A subtle flavor of Jack from start to finish, and I can still type semi coherently at the end! Happy Grilling!
Smoked Jack Daniels Twinkies Wrapped in Bacon, courtesy of Meat, Inc
Jack Daniels is one of the easiest and tastiest ways to “help” get the grill going. If it’s cold out – a medicinal shot will get you through the cook. If it’s hot out, then mixing it up with some cola will hit the spot. If it’s perfect weather out, then mixed with some 7-up and a splash of Malibu Rum helps make a great day perfect. But using Jack as an ingredient? Best way I’ve used it is Smoked Jack Daniels Twinkies.
That’s right – Smoked Jack Daniels Twinkies – wrapped in bacon!
Wrap a full piece of Farmer John Thick Cut Maple Bacon around a Twinkie, Inject about 1oz of Jack Daniels into the center while slowly pulling the needle out – so you get even distribution of the Jack, and then smoke on an indirect fire at 250 – 300 F until the bacon is done. The Jack soaks into the cake adding the perfect balance of flavor to the filling and maple bacon, while the bacon gets crisp, so does the exterior of the twinkie.
To keep the kids quiet, just throw a few twinkies on – no bacon – and they’ll be done in about 10 minutes and while they’re busy eating theirs, the adult version will be finishing up and ready to enjoy!