My precaution got the better of me tonight when I got home from work, and I pulled out the long pieces of charred wood and chopped them smaller. It didn't seem to make a difference in terms of how much wood was covered by whiskey, but at least it made me feel better.
After reviewing the recipe, I'm confused at how it's all supposed to go together. That much charred wood, plus other dried herbs, only covered in two cups of bourbon? Seems highly unlikely.
This is my skeptical face.
Then again, I tripled the amount of whiskey and still only cover half of the wood. Maybe I'm doing something wrong?