Best Bourbon for Pecan Pie (+ Lazy Recipe)

Bourbon pecan pie is richer, with a more complex flavor than your typical pecan pie. When I made my lazy bourbon pecan pie for Thanksgiving, I loved the result.

My super easy recipe is a boozy twist on a classic! With a rich, spicy flavor and complex filling–you never want it any other way!

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So, what is the best bourbon for pecan pie?

My favorite bourbon for baking pecan pie is Wild Turkey 101. It’s all-Kentucky, all the time. Don’t worry, the alcohol burns off in the oven. I don’t get tipsy when I eat a slice. I love that it retains that amazing Wild Turkey flavor though.

Why I LOVE Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon for Pecan Pie…

Wild Turkey Bourbon is the perfect bourbon for an BOLD pecan pie. Lower proof bourbons can fade from baking, but I find that Wild Turkey 101 bourbon doesn’t get lost in the pie.

Tasting Notes and Finish

Wild Turkey bourbon is a high-proof flavor bomb with an initial taste of vanilla and caramel–cinnamon and baking spices in the middle–and a signature citrus finish. Making this bourbon perfect for a delicious pecan pie everyone will love!

The long baking time cooks the sting of alcohol–and leaves behind sweet, smoky goodness. I like the festive turkey on the bottle too!

More Top Bourbons For Pecan Pie

When choosing a bourbon to make pecan pie with, experiment to find what you like.

I took a deep dive, and the folks over on Reddit LOVE Buffalo Trace and Makers Mark (for a drinkable bourbon cocktail). Knob Creek and Four Roses were also recommended for bourbon that pairs well with pecan pie.

  • Buffalo Trace: Pecan pie benefits from the boost this bourbon brings. It has a balanced flavor profile with notes of vanilla and caramel.
  • Maker’s Mark: Tasting notes on this bourbon include a spice-forward flavor profile with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and ginger. Vanilla and caramel are also evident.
  • Knob Creek: The initial tasting notes include maple, caramel, vanilla, and pepper–but it finishes smoky. Cinnamon, molasses, and brown sugar appear as underlying notes.
  • Four Roses: The most prominent notes are dried apricot, light peach, citrus blossom, and lavender. There is a hint of light spice that’s also present, along with a touch of fresh oak. 

I’ll try a splash of Maker’s Mark with my next bourbon pecan pie. I’m into lazy baking recipes these days–it makes dinner more fun.

If you love bourbon pecan pie like me–but don’t want the holiday kitchen mess–try my lazy recipe instead 👇.

My Lazy Pecan Pie Recipe

Lazy Pecan Pie Recipe

Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

45

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

With an ooey gooey, bourbon-kissed filling, this is my favorite lazy pecan pie recipe. Bake and cool the pie. Then top with whipped cream for the ultimate homestyle dessert.

Ingredients

  • 1 store-bought frozen pie crust

  • 1 jar (21 oz) Grandma Hoerner's Pecan Pie Filling

  • 2 tablespoons Wild Turkey Bourbon

  • optional: 1/2 cup whole pecans

  • optional: whipped cream

Instructions

  • Place pie crust in a 9-inch pie dish
  • In a bowl, gently mix Grandma Hoerner's Pecan Pie Filling with Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • Pour the bourbon pecan filling into the pie crust
  • Arrange whole pecans on top in a decorative pattern
  • Bake at 375°F for 40-45 minutes until crust is golden and filling is set
  • Cool for 2 hours before serving

Notes

  • I top my bourbon pecan pie with whipped cream or ice cream, after it's cooled.

Who doesn’t love a foolproof pecan pie recipe? Bursting with bourbon flavor, this super easy 3-ingredient recipe is genius!

This bourbon pecan pie is one of my all-time favorites! I made it for Thanksgiving this year–and added a splash of Wild Turkey Bourbon.

I used Grandma Hoerner’s Pecan Pie Filling in a jar ($7.77). Premium bourbon is in the filling–but I add extra Wild Turkey 101 bourbon! I also added fresh eggs and butter.

Why I LOVE this lazy pecan pie recipe

  • 3-ingredient recipe, without any complicated ingredients
  • Deliciously sweet, bourbon-spiced filling
  • Nostalgia-filled, comforting flavor
  • Out-of-this-world whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Filling in a Jar: This shortcut to bourbon pecan pie can’t be beat. The bourbon will leave delicious spicy notes when you bake the pie, and you’re left with an ooey-gooey, sticky sweet pie.
  • Pie Shell: Let’s start with the pie crust. I used a store-bought 9 inch pie shell. Couldn’t have been easier. Or you can make your pie crust from scratch if you’re so inclined.
  • Eggs: Eggs set up the pecan pie filling. They give it a rich, luxurious texture.
  • Butter: Use melted, unsalted butter.

My Tips for Bourbon Pecan Pie Perfection

Remember that baking is more science than art. Eyeballing ingredients or making substitutions isn’t good practice for baking!

Here are few more of my best tips and tricks for baking bourbon pecan pie.

  1. Use an oven thermometer: Some ovens have hot spots. With baking pecan pie, it’s critical to use the correct temperature.
  2. Don’t over beat your eggs: This can cause issues with your filling.
  3. Cover your crust edges: Don’t use the brownness of pie crust to judge done-ness. Cover the crust edges with foil to avoid burning.
  4. Adjust temperature in high altitude: Reduce the oven temperature if you live in a high altitude.
  5. Cool before slicing: Cutting a hot pie will cause a hot mess.
  6. Do not place a hot pie into the fridge: The temperature difference is too drastic. Cool for at least 2 hours on wire rack before serving.
  7. Push down your pecans to avoid burning: Pecans float in the unbaked filling.
  8. Simmer the filling: To make the unbaked filling less runny, try simmering it on medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens (about 6-8 minutes).

Special Tools (Optional) 

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Baking Sheet  
  • Aluminum Foil or Pie Crust Shield 
  • Cooling Rack 
  • Serrated Pie Knife

Freezing Instructions

Bourbon pecan pie freezes well, up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before heating or serving. I store my pies in plastic wrap and then in a layer of aluminum foil.

I’m telling you, this easy bourbon pecan pie recipe is the BEST ever! I finally I cracked the pecan pie code–and now I make Bourbon Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving every year without the mess.

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