This Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe with Brown sugar and Bourbon is a super simple appetizer that you should definitely whip up at your next party. I mean seriously, it’s only 5 ingredients and ridiculously delicious. Bacon Wrapped Dates is an appetizer tradition that goes back longer than I’ve been alive. It’s that same old traditional palette pairing of salty and sweet and man does it deliver every single time. In addition, man is it just so easy to make and not just from an ingredient standpoint, but from a procedural point of view as well. Before I get into making these tasty little treats I also have to point out that these guys have no season, because they are ALWAYS in season :-).
Dates or date palms, also known as phoenix dactylifera, come from a plant in the palm family. Yes, that’s right, think palm trees. Dates hang off the trees in big huge clusters and when ripe are picked and dried. However, they can certainly be enjoyed fresh, but you may have a hard time finding them. Dates are a big time staple food in the middle east and have been for thousands of years, and man am I so thankful they’ve made their way here to the US. In fact, dates are grown in Arizona big time so if you are looking for some fresh and in large quantities that is the state to head to. If you’ve never eaten a date before I would consider it a large sweet raisin with a slightly different texture, but delicious none-the-less.
As I stated earlier making bacon wrapped dates is incredibly easy. You wrap the dates in bacon, I prefer thick cut, you skewer it with a tooth pick and you can either fry them up in a pan or bake them in the oven, just make sure the bacon is cooked crisp. I’ve had bacon wrapped dates plenty of times and they are always good, but the addition of the butter, bourbon and brown sugar sauce just puts it over the edge. Think of it like a caramel sauce that further caramelizes the bacon while adding more sweetness to the date. I have no excuse for adding the bourbon other than for a bit of boozy flavor and to be cool… Hope I succeeded :-). To go one step further, if you wanted to make a simple caramel sauce that you already have a recipe for then I would honestly suggest cooking them in it rather than the mixture I came up with simply for ease. If you want to do caramel instead of mine just simply cook together 1 cup of brown sugar with 1 stick of unsalted butter and a ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream. Yup, it’s that simple!
This Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe with Brown sugar and Bourbon are sticky, gooey, not easy to eat but are far worth it. The best work around for this would be to use longer tooth picks so you can pick them up without your fingers getting stuck to everything.
In the spirit of the Christmas season I wanted to play another song from my buddies band March of Morn, you can pick up some of their music at >> HERE. They are the same group that sang the Christmas song in my Mexican Champurrado with Homemade Marshmallows SOIGNE video. Since this video is going live on Christmas Eve, I’m not sure you’ll have time to gather the ingredients to make them for Christmas day but at the very least they’d be perfect for a New Year’s Eve shindig. However, don’t forget that this bacon wrapped dates recipe is always in season so feel free to make these as an appetizer at any get together and not just over the winter holidays.
In any event these Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe with Brown sugar and Bourbon are worth a make, and honestly the bourbon brown sugar sauce alone makes this one worth your while because you could at the very least pour it over some ice cream!
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- 16 pitted dates
- 16 half slices of bacon
- ½ cup of good bourbon
- 6 ounces of unsalted butter
- ¾ cup of light brown sugar
- In a medium sized pot on high heat add in the bourbon and cook until the alcohol has been cooked out.
- Next, whisk in the butter until melted and then add in the brown sugar and whisk until combined. Set aside.
- Wrap each date with a half slice bacon and sear them until golden brown in a large saute pan on medium-high heat.
- Once the bacon is golden brown on all sides, pour the butter bourbon and brown sugar sauce all over them.
- Finish cooking them by adding the pan to the oven on 325° for 10 to 15 minutes.