Last week, I was invited along to American-inspired restaurant Southern Joe’s in Covent Garden to try out their newly launched limited edition, Jim Beam-infused BBQ menu. As you may know from reading my blog, I am a mega BBQ addict, so as you can probably guess, I was thrilled to try out the delicious-sounding Tastes of Kentucky three-course dinner.
The unique menu features an array of dishes that have been infused with Jim Beam’s most popular flavours – Jim Beam Apple, Jim Beam Red Stag and Jim Beam Honey. Each dish is also expertly paired with a refreshing Jim Beam cocktail, made with complementary bourbon flavours. It’s safe to say if you’re a bourbon-lover, then you’re in for a real treat with this menu.
A super knowledgable Jim Beam brand ambassador gave us the run down on why Jim Beam is so special. First off, it’s one of the best selling bourbons in the world and each and every bottle is produced in Kentucky, USA. Jim Beam has been around since 1795 and seven generations of the Beam family have been involved with its production. You may be thinking, why Kentucky? Well, interestingly enough, the process of creating every bottle starts with naturally filtering water though limestone, which is predominantly found in Central Kentucky. This process plays a huge part in the overall taste of Jim Beam’s bourbon and it is pretty darn good if I do say so myself.
Dinner kicked off with these pretty Smoked Chicory Apple Sours, made with Jim Beam Apple, fresh lemon juice, sugar syrup, angostura bitters and chicory essence. The drink itself was sweet and although it was a bit too sugary for me, paired really well with the delicious Pulled Pork Buns infused with Jim Beam Apple.
Three mini Pulled Pork sliders were presented and to be honest, I really couldn’t get enough. The Pulled Pork was perfectly smokey and tasted as if it had been made in a real smoker. I loved the Apple-infused BBQ sauce, in fact, I’d love some to have at home as it was a really unique and tangy sauce. It was one of my favourite dishes of the evening.
Next up was a Honey & Vanilla Bourbon Milk Punch that I would gladly drink again and again. Made with Jim Beam Honey, vanilla syrup, milk and garnished with a honeycomb, this libation was hands down my favourite of the evening. It’s super simple to make and we’ll definitely be re-creating it for cocktail hour at home! They also tasted fantastic paired with Jim Beam honey-infused Southern Fried Wings, that were finger-licking good.
These sweet and succulent wings were some of the best I’ve had in London and I was really happy to have had such a hefty portion! I am normally not a wing-on-the-bone kinda gal, but these were incredibly flavourful and cooked to perfection. They fell right off the bone and melted in your mouth. A must-try if you visit Joe’s Southern!
Our final tipple of our lovely Americana evening was a Black Cherry Old Fashioned, made with Jim Beam Red Stag, Demerara sugar syrup, whisky bitters and orange zest. Typically Old Fashioneds can be a bit on the strong side for me, but the Black Cherry added a hint of sweetness and I really enjoyed topping off the evening with this sipper.
We finished off our dinner with a Joe’s BBQ beef burger with Jim Beam Red Stag glazed bacon. The bacon was delicious and the salty flavour combined with the sweetness of the cherry made it the perfect accompaniment to the burger.
Overall, the limited edition menu is great if you are craving some American comfort food in Central London. I highly recommend the pulled pork as well as the chicken wings and definitely try out the Honey & Vanilla Bourbon Milk Punch if you get a chance – it’s a real winner.
The Tastes of Kentucky Menu in partnership with Jim Beam is running for the next five weeks at Joe’s Southern, so get in and get your bourbon fix before it’s too late.
Joe’s Southern | 34 King St | London | WC2E 8JD | Book Now
I was a guest of Jim Beam, but all views and opinions are my own.