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Cheddar’s Bourbon Glaze Recipe

Cheddar’s Bourbon Glaze is a delightful offers you a delectable twist to your favorite dishes.

You can easily create this versatile sauce in your kitchen by using essential ingredients such as brown sugar, whiskey, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, and lemon juice.

Whether I’m looking to enhance grilled meats like chicken, steak, or pork chops or hoping to add a bold taste to fish dishes, this is one of my go-tos.

How to Make Cheddar’s Bourbon Glaze

Cheddars Bourbon Glaze Recipe

Ingredients List

To make Cheddars Bourbon Glaze, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup bourbon (mid-range quality is sufficient)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

Step-by-step process

Here’s a simple and easy process to make Cheddars Bourbon Glaze:

Step 1 

Measure out all the ingredients so they’re ready to use.

Ensure you have a measuring cup, spoons, and saucepan handy.

Step 2

Combine the bourbon, maple syrup, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, ground cayenne pepper, and light brown sugar in the saucepan.

Step 3

Place the saucepan on the stove and set the heat to medium.

Stir the mixture frequently using a wooden spoon to ensure that the sugar dissolves and the ingredients are well combined.

Step 4

Keep an eye on the saucepan throughout the cooking process.

Adjust the heat as needed to maintain a controlled simmer, not letting the sauce boil over or burn.

Cooking times may vary, but the sauce should thicken and reduce to create a perfect base for your Bourbon Glaze.

Step 5

Once the glaze has reached your desired consistency, remove it from the heat and let it cool.

Transfer the cooled Bourbon Glaze to a glass jar and store it in the refrigerator for future use.

Remember to brush the Cheddars Bourbon Glaze onto your favorite grilled meats, such as chicken, pork, or beef, during the last few minutes of cooking.

The Bourbon Glaze will provide a deliciously rich and smoky flavor, suitable for casual weeknight meals or special occasions.

Enjoy!

Side Dishes for Cheddars Bourbon Glaze

Cheddar’s Bourbon Glaze is quite versatile and can be used to elevate the flavors of various dishes.

This section will discuss a few side dishes that pair well with meals featuring Cheddar’s Bourbon Glaze, such as Bourbon Glazed Salmon, Bourbon Glazed Cajun Shrimp, cooked bacon, and green onions.

Bourbon Glazed Salmon

Pairs beautifully with light and refreshing side dishes.

A simple cucumber salad adds a pleasing crunch and tangy taste.

Combine thinly sliced cucumbers and red onions with a vinegar dressing for a quick and easy cucumber salad.

Another option for the salmon is a side of fluffy garlic mashed potatoes, which can help mellow the bold bourbon flavors and provide a comforting, creamy texture.

Bourbon Glazed Cajun Shrimp

Offers a burst of flavors, making it perfect for pairing with milder or more neutral sides like steamed vegetables or brown rice.

Grilled asparagus or sautéed green beans can offer a pleasant contrast in texture.

Additionally, a side of seasoned, slightly charred corn on the cob can complement both the shrimp’s spiciness and the glaze’s sweet and smoky note.

The rich flavors of a dish featuring cooked bacon and Cheddar’s Bourbon Glaze go well with a bright, acidic side dish to cut through the richness.

Experiment with the suggested sides to find your perfect pairing.

Ingredients Substitutes

Maple Syrup substitutes 

If you don’t have maple syrup, you can substitute it with honey, agave nectar, or molasses.

Each sweetener will bring a different flavor profile to the bourbon glaze, so adjust the amount to suit your taste preference.

Soy Sauce substitutes 

You can use Worcestershire sauce, tamari, or coconut aminos as a soy sauce substitute.

Keep in mind that Worcestershire sauce has a more complex flavor, tamari is gluten-free, and coconut aminos are soy-free.

Black Pepper substitutes 

If you lack black pepper, you can use white pepper, cayenne pepper, or a pinch of red pepper flakes to give a similar heat and flavor to the bourbon glaze.

How to Store Cheddars Bourbon Glaze

Storing Cheddars Bourbon Glaze correctly is essential for maintaining its flavor and quality.

Following are some guidelines on how to store Cheddars Bourbon Glaze effectively:

Refrigerator

To preserve the freshness and flavor of Cheddars Bourbon Glaze, storing it in an airtight container is essential.

This will help prevent the glaze from absorbing other odors and flavors from your fridge or pantry.

Choose a glass or food-safe plastic container and ensure it has a tight lid.

Once the glaze is cooled to room temperature, pour it into the container, seal it tightly, and store it in the fridge.

If you don’t have an airtight container, you can use a piece of foil to cover the glaze.

Make sure the foil has no tears and is large enough to cover the entire surface of the glaze.

Place the foil over the glaze, pressing it down gently to eliminate any air pockets, and fold the edges to create a seal.

Regarding storage duration, Cheddars Bourbon Glaze can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Remember that the glaze’s freshness and flavor may decline over time.

To maximize its shelf life, be sure to store it in a clean, airtight container and promptly return it to the refrigerator after each use.

Freezer

In case you need to store the glaze for a longer period, you can also freeze it.

Pour the glaze into a freezer-safe container, leaving adequate headspace for expansion, and seal it tightly.

Label the container with the date and contents, and store it in the freezer.

Frozen Cheddars Bourbon Glaze can be stored for up to three months.

When you’re ready to use it, simply defrost it in the fridge or microwave and give it a good stir before using.

In order to keep your Cheddars Bourbon Glaze at its best quality, always use clean utensils while serving the glaze and avoid cross-contamination with other foods.

Cheddars Bourbon Glaze Recipe

Cheddar's Bourbon Glaze Recipe

Cheddar's Bourbon Glaze is a delightful addition to your culinary repertoire, and learning how to make it at home can offer a delectable twist to your favorite dishes.
This versatile glaze adds a savory sweetness and smoky flavor, elevating the taste of your meats and giving your meals an impressive flourish.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Equipment
  • 1 saucepan
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • 1 Glass Jar
Ingredients
  
  • 1 cup bourbon mid-range quality is sufficient
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
Instructions
 
  • Measure out all the ingredients so they're ready to use.
    Ensure you have a measuring cup, spoons, and saucepan handy.
  • Combine the bourbon, maple syrup, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, ground cayenne pepper, and light brown sugar in the saucepan.
  • Place the saucepan on the stove and set the heat to medium.
    Stir the mixture frequently using a wooden spoon to ensure that the sugar dissolves and the ingredients are well combined.
  • Keep an eye on the saucepan throughout the cooking process.
    Adjust the heat as needed to maintain a controlled simmer, not letting the sauce boil over or burn.
    Cooking times may vary, but the sauce should thicken and reduce to create a perfect base for your Bourbon Glaze.
  • Once the glaze has reached your desired consistency, remove it from the heat and let it cool.
    Transfer the cooled Bourbon Glaze to a glass jar and store it in the refrigerator for future use.
    Remember to brush the Cheddars Bourbon Glaze onto your favorite grilled meats, such as chicken, pork, or beef, during the last few minutes of cooking.
    The Bourbon Glaze will provide a deliciously rich and smoky flavor, suitable for casual weeknight meals or special occasions.
    Enjoy!

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