I mean, I LOVE bourbon; I drink it straight up; neat or on the rocks, in coke, etc. But, honestly, IMHO, it SUCKS on BBQ. Just my $0.02. I sure wouldnt waste good bourbon by putting it in a brine solution. If I were just hell bent to get that flavor on my Q, I'd put it in the sauce...
<--- that above from a guy who always does Patron shots [for the entire team, and in MBN the team gets quite large] before every category (whether blind turn-in or on-site). But, not IN BBQ... Nasty, IMHO. and a complete waste of good hooch.
Hance - Lake Dogs Cooking Team - MiM/MBN/GBA CBJ and comp cook
Lake Sinclair, GA (strategically about an hour from darn near anywhere)
Started competing in chili cookoffs back in the 1990's and have competed in more than I care to count. I became a CBJ in MiM in 2005, then MBN and in GBA in 2010. I've probably judged 130+- BBQ comps (sanctioned and unsanctioned) over this time. That said, I really enjoy competing more than I enjoy judging, and hope to get back to doing 4 or 5 a year in the near future.