2 ingredients and a little time are all you need to make homemade Bourbon Salt. It’s a wonderful whiskey flavored salt that you can can use to finish both sweet and savory dishes. It also makes a fun foodie gift.
Feeling salty? Flavored salts are one of my favorite ways to add a little extra zing to finished dishes. It’s like that one special accessory that goes with your little black dress (or suit) that makes it sing. Bourbon salt can be used on either sweet or savory dishes. I’ve been obsessed with sprinkling a pinch on my desserts (cheesecake, PANNA COTTA) as well as on a perfectly cooked STEAK. So versatile, you’ll be surprised how many ways you’ll find to use this. PS, it also makes an excellent homemade gift for the foodie in your life.
What method do you use to make flavored salts?
There are THREE methods used to make flavored salts.
- Reduction Method
- Dry Method
- Wet Method.
We’re using the reduction method for this bourbon salt recipe.
What can you flavor salt with?
The combinations for flavored salts are virtually endless and left to your imagination. Think herbs, spices, hot sauces (Sriracha salt would be incredible), citrus zest, etc.
My friend happens to have an amazing RED WINE SEA SALT if you’d like to try that as well.
What are the Ingredients needed for Bourbon Salt?
There are only two ingredients needed to make bourbon salt.
Bourbon – For this particular batch, I selected JTS Brown. It’s a wonderful budget bourbon. You may use whatever bourbon you prefer.
Coarse Salt – coarse salts have larger crystals than regular salt making it ideal to use as a finishing salt. Coarse sea salt, kosher salt or Maldon would work well. I opted for coarse kosher salt.
How to use Bourbon Salt?
Sprinkle a pinch on grilled meats, or desserts like chocolate (on top of homemade CARAMELS would be divine). A little goes a long way.
- 1 1/2 cups bourbon
- 1/2 cup coarse kosher salt
- Place bourbon into a heavy bottom sauce pan over medium heat, bring to a boil. Immediately, reduce heat to low and simmer until bourbon has reduced to a syrup like consistency and can coat back of spoon. Keep an eye on and stir often. This process should take approximately 20-30 minutes. Once reduced, remove pan from heat.
- Add salt to pan. Mix to coat.
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Evenly spread salt mixture onto baking sheet. Transfer to oven.
- Cook until mixture is completely dry, approximately 1-2 hours. Stirring frequently, every 15-30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow salt to cool completely on baking sheet. Once cooled, transfer to an airtight container.
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MORE DIY RECIPES TO TRY
If you’re feeling inspired by my bourbon salt recipe, you’ll love these other DIY recipes:
- DIY Vanilla Extract
- Homemade Italian Seasoning
- Homemade Tomato Paste
- Rosemary Infused Olive Oil
- Herb Compound Butter
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