Everything's better with a little smoke and bourbon. Juicy, smoked cherries are simmered into a sugary bourbon reduction and folded into a creamy homemade vanilla ice cream. Don't miss out on this punch of flavor.
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When ready to cook, set grill temperature to 180℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke if available.
Lay cherries out on a sheet tray and place directly on the grill grate. Smoke the cherries for 30 minutes. Remove from the grill and set aside.
Place cherries, water, and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook 10 minutes until liquid has reduced and is syrupy. Remove from heat, stir in bourbon and set aside.
Place milk, cream, sugar, salt, egg yolks and vanilla bean in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer whisking constantly. Cook until sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
Remove from heat and strain into a heatproof bowl placed over an ice bath. Cool completely.
Place ice cream base in your ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer's instructions.
Remove from ice cream machine and fold in the cherry mixture before transferring to the freezer. Let chill at least 2 hours before stirring. Serve with extra bourbon cherries and sauce if desired. Enjoy!
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