Top Five Things to Make in Your Aging Barrel Besides Alcohol

The process of barrel aging isn’t limited to just alcohol – lots of different things can benefit from it, gaining layers of flavor and richness over the period of a few weeks. Here are a few of our favorite things to make using our oak aging barrels that don’t involve alcohol.

1. Balsamic Vinegar

A gourmet cooking essential, perfect for salad dressings and as a dip for breads, aged balsamic vinegar can be very expensive to purchase in store. Make your own by aging inexpensive balsamic in a barrel for a minimum of twenty days.

2. Hot Sauce

Many people know how the hugely popular Tabasco Company ages their hot sauce – in oak barrels. You can replicate this by mixing up your usual homemade hot sauce recipe and pouring it into your mini barrel. Letting it age for two weeks to a month imbues it with a depth of flavor that is out of this world.

Aged hot sauce with new layers of flavor

3. BBQ Sauce

In the same manner as the hot sauce, mix up your favorite homemade BBQ sauce recipe and add to your aging barrel (that you have used before to age spirits in). Wait at least two weeks, then taste.

BBQ Sauce

4. Bourbon Barrel-Aged Syrup

There is nothing better than really good maple syrup on pancakes or waffles. Add an even richer twist by infusing your maple syrup with bourbon. Just add good quality maple syrup to a barrel that you have used to age bourbon in, and wait for two weeks or up to a month.

Maple syrup with a bourbon twist

5. Vanilla Extract

By adding a combination of vanilla beans, vodka and corn syrup to your barrel, and waiting a month, you will be rewarded with deliciously flavorful vanilla extract, perfect for baking.

Vanilla beans