Friday, September 20, 2013

Too Damned Easy Bourbon Apple Butter

     My in-laws both have access to a fairly large collection of apple trees. This means that each fall we find ourselves in the possession of 40-60 pounds of apples. One of our go-to methods of working those apples is to render them into apple butter. Years ago I found a recipe online for how to do it and have tweaked it out for my own use. For the life of me I can't recall where I got this. If anybody knows, let me know and I'll give credit for the inspiration where credit is due. This variation uses brown sugar and bourbon and gives a sweet and mellow taste. About 35 medium apples will yield a little over 4 pints of apple butter. These can be processed in a boiling water bath for long term storage. If you are doing pint jars, give them 15 minutes in the bath. (Once again, please defer to the National Center for Home Food Preservation for clear instructions) As always, any notes are in blue.
Too Damned Easy
Bourbon Apple Butter
per 10 apples

  • 10 medium apples peeled, cored and thickly sliced*
  • 5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water 
  • 1/4 cup bourbon 
  1. Load the apples in a large pot over medium heat. Add cinnamon, water, bourbon, and sugar. Cook until the apples get soft.
  2. Use an immersion blender to blitz the apples until they are the desired consistency (if you don't have a hand blender, you're going to have to mash the apples up by hand. Good luck)
  3. Load the sauce into a large slow-cooker (if you're like me and used 30+ apples, you're going to need at least a 5 quart slow-cooker). Prop the lid slightly off the lid. Cook on low overnight. 
    In the morning, you'll wake up to something like this.
    The same thing applies if you ate Taco Bell.
*NOTE: If you have a food mill, you can do this a lot quicker. When I used a mill I simply quartered the apples and boiled them for about 10 minutes. I then loaded them in the mill and basically made applesauce. If you do it this way the directions will change. Just load the milled apples into the slow cooker and mix in the remaining ingredients. You will need to cut the amount of water you use by half if you do it this way. Don't cut the bourbon. NEVER CUT THE BOURBON.

If there is an easier way to do something, I will certainly use that method.
Good times!


  1. Thank you for linking up to our Spooktacular Halloween link party. This Burbon Apple Butter look delicious! I've never made it before but I will now :)

  2. Yum! looks amazing! Who can pass on Bourbon Apple Butter? Not me! Thanks for sharing!

  3. WOO HOO! Pass the 7-up kind of bourbon and 7!