I am a southern backwoods country girl and, as old folks would say, I love “liquor house” cooking! Liquor house cooking is cooking and marinating your meats with fresh herbs and liquor ranging from gin, rum, moonshine. And honey, if you are grilling, nothing tastes better than meat cooked over an open flame that has been marinated in some good ole smooth Tennessee Whiskey.
When you think about Tennessee Whiskey, the first name that comes to mind is Jack Daniels. But did you know that Jack Daniels would not have become Jack Daniels without the teachings of the world's greatest whiskey-maker, a Black man, legendary master distiller, Nathan “Nearest” Green of Lynchburg, Tennessee? Let me introduce to you Mr. Green’s namesake, the Black-owned premium Tennessee whiskey brand, “Uncle Nearest.” (Check out the Uncle Nearest Nile Listing).
As a slave, "Nearest" Green taught Jack Daniels the "Lincoln County Process" the unique African filtration method of turning sugar maple timber into charcoal to filter the impurities from 140 proof whiskey. This process is still used today and arguably distinguishes Tennessee whiskey from bourbon.
The “head distiller” Nathan “Nearest” Green was a historical “open secret” to the Jack Daniels’ legacy until his name was popularized throughout the world in 2016 by Brown Foreman, owner of Jack Daniels Distillery. The distillery embraced the story and changed its tours to reflect the significant legacy of “Nearest “ Green, the slave, a Black man who in part created the world-renowned Jack Daniels Whiskey.
The Uncle Nearest brand, inspired by this legendary Black distiller, is wholly owned by Uncle Nearest, Inc., a Black-owned business that introduced itself to the world in 2017. The company distills, ages, bottles, and hand-labels “Uncle Nearest” premium whiskey in the state of Tennessee.
The Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey distillery sits on 270 acres in Shelbyville, Tennessee, and the Black-owned premium whiskey product is sold around the world. Named one of the top 5 whiskeys in the world and the recipient of the 2020 “World’s Best” World Whiskies Awards, it is the most awarded new American premium brand in the United States, befitting for the now “opened secret” of the great Uncle Nearest.
Come sit on the porch, get you a plate, pour you a glass, and let this rich smooth Black history marinate deep within your soul.
Find my recipe for Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey Marinade and BBQ on my blog at fabfoodieclub.com. Watch the video below and visit their website www.unclenearest.com to discover more about the glorious legacy of Nathan "Nearest" Green and this premium whiskey brand.
Vimeo Video embed: Story of Nearest Green 10 mins 17 sec