Bacon Infused Vodka

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Introduction: Bacon Infused Vodka

About: Just a SF local tinkerer, entrepreneur, and artist.

If you have a deep love or general obsession with bacon, or if you're one of the vegetarians turned carnivore again because you couldn't refuse the tasty deliciousness of bacon anymore, then this Instructable is for you.

This how-to will give you a simple way to infuse vodka with the savory flavor of freshly cooked bacon. Oh yeah, and you can have this scrumptious flavor in less than an hour! There are other ways to get bacon infused vodka, but this one is quick and gets you the same taste without having to wait a week or two.

What you'll need to for this project to bring your taste buds and Bloody Marys to a whole new level:

- 1 package of bacon of your choice (I recommend thick cut because it equals more bacon grease)
- Skillet
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife
- Stove top or hot plate
- Glass pitcher, NOT PLASTIC, or sizeable equivalent (pitcher will really help when it comes time to pour)
- Freezer
- Some sort of filter - like a mesh strainer or a grease guard that you put on top of bacon while it's cooking. I suppose you could also use a coffee filter too.
- Glass container of sufficient size to hold your final product

Step 1: Cut Bacon

Open up your package of bacon, and begin to slice it into smallish pieces, about 1/2" x 1/2"

Step 2: Cook Up Bacon

Cook up the bacon in a skillet

Step 3: Pour Bacon and Grease Into Pitcher

Pour the bacon grease and bits into a glass pitcher or sizable equivalent

Step 4: Mix in the Vodka

Mix in the vodka!!!!

Step 5: Put Vodka Into Freezer

Put the vodka into the freezer for at least 30 minutes

Step 6: Remove Bacon Fat

Take the vodka out of the freezer, and remove what I like to call the moon pie of bacon fat that has congealed at the top of the pitcher.

Step 7: Filter Out the Bacon Bits

Filter the bacon bits and other floaty pieces out of the vodka by pouring it through a strainer of some sort. I started with a mesh strainer to remove all the bigger pieces, then I started pouring it through a finer filter to get out the small stuff. I used the grease guard that I normally put over skillets when I'm cooking things that shoot off hot grease.

I recommend repeating this step several times to remove as many particulates as you possibly can.

Step 8: Pour Vodka Into Container

Pour your vodka into a fancy glass container, and then enjoy!

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    47 Discussions

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    danny.omoore
    danny.omoore

    5 years ago on Introduction

    that there bacon fat sure would cook up some nice stir fry, flambé style.

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    mlucius
    mlucius

    6 years ago

    If you run the bacon grease through a coffee filter while it is still hot it will filter out all the small stuff and leave you with clean grease. Just put a coffee filter loosely in a mason jar and screw the ring on the jar (without cap). Pour it in carefully. Then mix with vodka.. This might work.

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    deadmeat010
    deadmeat010

    10 years ago on Step 8

    is this any good? does is make the vodka taste like bacon or what?

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    csnowman00
    csnowman00

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    No, not good at all. Mine was greasy no matter how much I filtered and skimmed off the fat. The saltyness was unbearable. I hate to say I wasted two of the best inventions on earth - bacon and a bottle of vodka!

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    valorielyng
    valorielyng

    Reply 8 years ago on Step 8

    in other recipes they just used the bacon and did not include the bacon fat - so maybe try it that way. I am getting ready to do my first "bacon" infusion but I am adding apple.

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    Batness
    Batness

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    It makes it taste like bacon, yes. Is it good? Well that's a personal taste preference. :)

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    Kaizer70
    Kaizer70

    8 years ago on Step 4

    Do you pour the whole bottle of vodka in with the bacon? Or a certain amount?

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    lemonie
    lemonie

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Several people have done this, but this is the best posting I've seen. Does it settle out to clear with time? And have you considered mixing it with Advocaat? L

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    Pseudoreid
    Pseudoreid

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    @lemonie The color does not settle out with time, it remains a nice golden brown color.

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    lemonie
    lemonie

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I meant the cloudiness. This is something I am going to have to try... L

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    NachoMahma
    NachoMahma

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    . ve2vfd's coffee filter idea should remove a lot of the cloudiness. First thing I'd try.

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    GaRy GNUb
    GaRy GNUb

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

     There are several "fining" products that one may add to their final stage. Irish Moss, Whirlfloc, or Polyclar are several that I've used on beer and mead making; most work pretty well with Polyclar being my favorite. Basically, fining binds all the bits that are too small to be filtered, which then drops to the particles to the bottom. The time taken to settle all the "cloudyness" out will be dependent on how much unwanted haze there is to begin with (from a week with some beer to a month or more with some meads). After fining is complete,  pour slowly into another container for your final product; rinse the settle container.

    Of course, I've not tried this bacon thing yet, so I'm going to give it a go and report back.

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    iminthebathroom
    iminthebathroom

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    What about pouring through a charcoal based filter for water purification. Thinking back to the time on mythbusters where they filtered vodka 4-6 times to make rot-gut vodka taste better to a accredited vodka judge. Might help reduce the cloudiness. Otherwise cool idea!!!

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    chefguru
    chefguru

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Actually, on Mythbusters, they had mixed results... their vodka tasting expert (using 6 different filtered samples, each being filtered a different number of times, and using a top-shelf vodka, and a well vodka as controls) could tell the difference, and ranked them EXACTLY where they belonged.

    The other tasters couldn't tell a consistent difference.

    Their expert's decision was this: Filtering a cheap vodka might slightly lessen it's bad qualities, but it will not improve the vodka. It's still going to be a cheap vodak, and it STILL won't taste as "good" as a better quality vodka. The expert's advice is to just buy a better quality vodka to begin with.

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    iminthebathroom
    iminthebathroom

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    for sure, I was thinking it might increase the translucency of the bacon vodka, being a little murky and all. I wonder if you removed to much of the fine solid particles, would also lose most of the flavour?

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    Wolf Seril
    Wolf Seril

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I seem to remember them saying that it didn't really make any difference in the taste in that episode.

    Makes sense for the cloudiness though.

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    Batness
    Batness

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Using just bacon FAT helps it stay slightly "clearer."