Vanilla Bourbon Pecan Butter
With Fire Roasted Pecans
by Andrea Alden
- 1½ cups of raw pecans
- ½ cup of raw peanuts
- salt to taste
- 2 tbsp. bourbon
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat your grill to 450°F and prepare for indirect grilling.
Prepare a sheet pan with parchment paper, then spread the pecans and peanuts evenly over the pan. Grill for 4 to 8 minutes over indirect heat, until they’re fragrant. If you’re very adventurous, add a smoker tube filled with soaked chips while the grill is preheating to add extra smoky goodness.
Place all of the nuts into a food processor or very high quality blender. Blend at high speed in pulses that last 30 seconds to 1 minute. You don’t want to overheat the blender or the nuts that are still warm from the grill. They could start to burn. Remember to scrape down the sides every time you stop.
Add the vanilla, and bourbon, the heat will get rid of that alcohol burn and the liquid helps the process. Keep blending in bursts until the nuts start to liquefy. You will know when you’re there by the texture. This is where you can get really creative and have something thicker than normal, or get a little thinner and spreadable. Add the salt, and cinnamon, mixing with one final zip. Be careful you don’t go too liquid-y, this causes the solids and oil to separate. This will never look like a jar of Jiff or Kraft peanut butter, there are preservatives and stuff in them that give the texture. Have a look at a jar of natural peanut butter if you need to know the look you’re going for.
Fill some nice jars with your homemade nut butter; serve in, and on your favorite foods.
Ready to serve
Perfect for toast
Spread it on thick
A little extra cinnamon never hurt
It's so pretty
My Vanilla Bourbon Pecan Butter is so good. It’s not too heavy on the bourbon, and adds that nutty punch to my toast that I love. Try a dollop of it in your oatmeal as you cook it, for an extra protein punch! So good! What would you make with it if you had your own jar of Vanilla Bourbon Pecan Butter? Leave a comment and tell me! I may just make something you suggest!