Salt is a critical ingredient in most recipes but it does not have to be boring. You can create your own infused bourbon salt. The process brings out the sugary caramel aromas from the bourbon. The aromas combined with the brown color will make you think it is brown sugar.
It is still salt but the bourbon salt has a deep rich flavor. If tasting it alone it reduces the dryness in your mouth. In food, it brings out the flavors of the bourbon. It is great for red meats such as steaks, burgers, and brisket.
Specific bourbons can make a difference in the flavor of the salt but not the meal. The bourbon salt, regardless of the bourbon used, provides the same flavor to the food.
It is possible to place the salt on a smoker to dry it and provide some extra flavor. I do not because I use coarse salt and most things I use this salt for are smoked.
2.5 cups Bourbon
Salt as needed (approximately 1 cup of coarse salt)
How to make Bourbon Salt
Pour 2.5 cups of bourbon into a saucepan. You want to bring it close to a boil, without boiling it. Be careful we did have a high proof bourbon catch on fire once. Let the bourbon simmer until reduced to the essence and very little liquid. Remove the pan from the heat.
Now you start adding the salt. Start with half a cup. Mix well. Continue adding salt a little at a time until you have absorbed the liquid. If there are clumps of dark-colored salt you can add more salt.
Cover a baking sheet in parchment paper and transfer the bourbon salt mixture. Spread out the salt as evenly and flat as you can on the baking sheet. Place in an oven set at 170 degrees. After 20 minutes stir the bourbon salt and spread out again before returning to the oven. In 20 minutes check the salt again. At this point, it should be dry. Cooking times may vary, please keep in the oven until it is dry.
Break up the sheet of salt and place it in an airtight container. You now have bourbon salt.