plate of southern bread pudding with pecans and buttery bourbon glaze

Butter My Bourbon & Smoke My Pudding (Bourbon Bread Pudding)

Butter My Bourbon & Smoke My Pudding

This bourbon bread pudding is the ultimate dessert, bar none. You will melt into a puddle of pleasure with each irresistible bite. BE WARNED that you may GROWL when asked to share … SERIOUSLY it’s THAT GOOD.

ingredients for bourbon bread pudding

Love Bread Pudding

In this Bourbon Bread pudding recipe, there are two kinds of chocolate, pecans, challah bread, and BOURBON!!!! With ingredients like these how can you not scream with pleasure! And you will notice there are NO raisins.  Apparently that’s a thing.Bourbon is the answer

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Cook with spirits that you enjoy drinking.  Even though the alcohol does cook out, the better bourbons have distinct undertones of warm flavors like  vanilla, caramel, spices like nutmeg and pepper. 

 Some in the recipe… Some in the glass…



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Why Challah bread?

It’s a bread whose dough is enriched with eggs and oil and a few tablespoons of sugar that adds some sweetness. This allows you to use less sugar in the pudding.  I’ve also made this recipe with a brioche bread instead – which also has some sugar and is a bit richer as it is made with butter vs oil.

Mix together the bread mixture and let it get happy in the refrigerator for at least 30 mins to an hour.  Let stand -This is not a quickie.


In a 4 QT buttered dutch oven, put the happy bread mixture in and THE SECRET INGREDIENT: semi sweet chocolate chips sprinkled over the top. Next, spread the topping of softened butter, pecans, and brown sugar over the top. 

Hot and Sexy!

I like to use my Big Green Egg to smoke/ bake the bourbon bread pudding.  Add in pecan and apple chips to the fire and bring it up to 325 degrees. That extra level of smokiness adds a POP of smoking love. 

Alternatively, baking in the oven is acceptable and no less pleasurable. It does take a little less time since you have better temperature control. But as any lady can tell you, slow and low is always worth it.

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The bread pudding is ready when it is bubbling and cooked through. While it is resting / cooling off, make the sauce for Bread Pudding.    The bourbon glaze in a small sauce pan. Add more bourbon and/or melted butter to get the glaze to your taste.

Make Bread Pudding

Southern Bourbon Bread Pudding

Southern Bread pudding with a buttery bourbon glaze
4.95 from 71 votes

Butter My Bourbon and Smoke My Pudding

Smoked bread pudding is covered with a boozy butter bourbon sauce. Just a touch of heaven.
Prep Time25 minutes
Active Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 55 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Big Green Egg, Boozy Bread Pudding, Boozy Dessert, Bourbon, Bourbon Bread Pudding, Bread Pudding, Bread Pudding with Bourbn glaze, Bread Pudding with Bourbon sauce, white chocolate
Yield: 16 people
Calories: 952kcal
Author: Brown Water B*tch



  • 2 cups Sugar
  • Tbsp Vanilla
  • 6 Eggs
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 12 oz White Chocolate
  • ½ cup Bourbon (substitute water for non alcoholic version}
  • ½ cup Coarsely Chopped Pecans
  • 6 cups Bread - Challah (day old) stale bread
  • Butter


  • ½ cup Light Brown Sugar
  • ¾ cup Softened butter
  • 1 cup Coarsely Chopped Pecans

Bourbon Glaze

  • 1 cup Butter
  • ½ cup Bourbon
  • 1 cup Sugar


Make the Pudding

  • In a large mixing bowl combine: sugar, vanilla, eggs, 1½ cups heavy cream, ½ cup chopped pecans.
  • Cut or tear day old bread into ½ inch bread cubes.
  • Toss bread into mixture. Careful to coat but not break bread.
  • In a small sauce pan, melt ½ cup of heavy cream with the white chocolate. Stir
  • Fold carefully the chocolate mixture in with the bread.
  • Cover and place bread mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes
  • Transfer bread mixture to a buttered Dutch Oven
  • Combine ingredients for the topping.
  • Layer the mixture on top of the bread

Baking Method - Oven

  • Pre-heat oven to 325° oven
  • Bake Pudding for 55 minutes to 1 hour

Baking Method - Big Green Egg or Smoker

  • Setup your smoker up for indirect heat
  • Choose smoking chips of Pecan and Apple
  • Bring smoker up to 325°
  • Bake pudding for 1.5 - 2hrs. until bubbling and cooked through.

Buttery Bourbon Glaze

  • In small sauce pan combine butter, brown sugar, bourbon and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 2 mins
  • Remove from heat, season with a pinch of salt.
  • Drizzle each serving of bread pudding with glaze minutes before serving.
  • Bread Pudding with Bourbon sauce is always delicious- but bread pudding is best served warm


  • If you are running out of time and aren't able to get day old bread, just pop the pieces into a 350 degree oven for 6 minutes or so to dry out the bread (not toasted).  The day old bread or dried out bread will soak up more of the chocolate cream deliciousness.
  • If you are baking your bread pudding on the Big Green Egg (or other smoker), use a cast-iron dutch oven to reduce the soot buildup on your pretty ceramic coated dutch oven.
  • For the glaze you can add more bourbon and butter as needed. Decadent Dessert
  • Whipped cream is an optional garnish


Calories: 952kcal | Carbohydrates: 102g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 205mg | Sodium: 571mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 1346IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 173mg | Iron: 3mg

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10 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    This bourbon bread pudding is delish. We all wanted to dive into it and eat our way out! It had just the right amount of bourbon flavor.

  2. 5 stars
    Both fancy and delicious. Class up a steak dinner or any function by pulling out the burbon bread pudding and watch the compliments roll in!

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