When I heard Jack Daniel’s was throwing a Thanksgiving event, I was immediately ecstatic and found myself fumbling to order an Uber. Thanksgiving? In Australia? Sign me up, please.
The event was hosted by Three Blue Ducks in Rosebery. It was completely decked out and set up for a good ol’ Southern-style feast. Long tables and a sit-down dinner were waiting for us.
The very friendly waiters were so hospitable. An apricot-purée rosemary cocktail was served to us on arrival, setting up a night full of expectations.
The entrée was fresh crab and fried prawns. It was so refreshing and just too good as a starter.
As the smoky air filled our noses, we got a chance to talk to the pit master himself, Zach Parker, who was flown in from the U.S. He talked us through the process of his world-famous whole hog recipe. The sleep-deprived Tennessean emphasised the family tradition that he’s known since he was a little boy.
He was smiling from cheek to cheek and was very proud to tell us that he had only had an hour’s sleep. ‘I slept on that bench right behind you,’ he said in his thick Southern accent, pointing to a wooden bench.
The hog did not disappoint us. Melting in your mouth every bite, Mr Parker’s fame was no joke. The Jack Daniel’s barbeque sauce bottles also caught my eye, never letting it go all night.
The band playing was also great for the event, rocking and jiving for the many ecstatic faces celebrating Thanksgiving.
As part of the event, Jack Daniel’s are also promoting the new 250mL can ‘American Serve’ that will be available in liquor stores across Australia.
The smaller serving comes with double the alcohol content. It’s a better alternative to those wanting a lesser sized drink, but with a good hit.
The night ended with some classic American desserts: s’mores and pumpkin pie. Thanks to Jack Daniel’s, I’m now a Thanksigiving convert.
Kevin Rodrigueza is a 21-year-old craft beer enthusiast and lover of greasy burgers. Follow his adventures at @kevinr___.
Learn more about Jack Daniel’s and their new American Serve cans.