Don’t hate us. We spent last evening eating five wonderful barbecue courses, each paired with a fine, small batch or single barrel Bourbon (NOT Jack Daniels – the good stuff). The highlight of the evening? Besides the brisket, which I loved, Mark won a blind test where he had to identify by smell each of the five bourbons tasted last night. Very impressive. Here’s the menu and some pictures. Hope Earl’s does it again next year! Keep an eye on the calendar for Earl’s next Tasty Thursday event on August 25, 2011. The theme will be a beer dinner with Victory Brewing Company as the host, also five courses, each paired with a different beer.

Jumbo Shrimp with Orange Blossom Honey & Lime BBQ sauce,
Cheesey Oak Grove Grits & Mustard Greens
Basil Hayden (80 proof)

Bolton Farm Grilled Chicken
with Sweet Potatoes & Goat Cheese
Jim Beam Devil’s Cut (90 proof)

St. Louis Ribs with Earl’s BBQ sauce
Horseradish-spiked Cole Slaw
None Such Farm Corn on the Cob
Maker’s Mark (94 proof)

Beef Brisket with Vanilla Coffee BBQ sauce
Creamy Potato Salad and Watermelon Salad
Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve (120 proof)

Tropical Bread Pudding with Hard Sauce
oWowCow Creamery Banana Ice Cream
Booker’s (121+ proof)

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