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Smoking with retired Maker’s Mark Bourbon Barrel tops and bungs adding flavor and depth on the grill at Varanese Restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky. Chef and Proprietor John Varanese shows us how in this video episode. The BBQ rub and the caramelizing sugars…mmmm watch.

Special thanks Chef John Varanese, Dave Allen, Stephen Dennison and Cinephreak Pictures


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One Response to “Bourbon Barrel Smoked Pork, using retired Maker’s Mark Barrels”

  1. Barrelmaster

    Come see where the bourbon barrels are born. Kentucky Cooperage, on Main Street in Lebanon, Ky., gives free tours. In fact, you can book the Heart of Kentucky Bourbon & Barrels Getaway at You’ll have a great Bourbon Country experience. Maker’s Mark Distillery is just outside downtown Lebanon.


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