Outback Steakhouse is bringing together barbecue and un-aged whiskey, a current beverage trend, with its limited time Moonshine BBQ menu, introduced May 21 at its 767 domestic locations.

The menu, available until July 8, includes:

• Moonshine BBQ Wood-Fire Grilled Wings: Chicken wings tossed in Moonshine BBQ sauce, served with ranch dressing, $8.99

• Moonshine BBQ Combo Platter: Moonshine BBQ Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, a third of an order of Moonshine BBQ Ribs, and Grilled Chicken on the Barbie, served with choice of a side, $16.99

• Sirloin steak with Moonshine BBQ Bacon Wrapped Shrimp: Sirloin with Moonshine BBQ bacon-wrapped shrimp with choice of a side: $17.99 for a 9-ounce steak, $20.99 for 12 ounces or $23.99 for a 7-ounce Victoria’s Filet.

• Moonshine BBQ Ribs: Smoked and wood-fire grilled ribs brushed with Moonshine BBQ Sauce and served with Aussie Fries, $10.99 for a half order or $17.99 for a full order.

• Double Moonshine Burger: Two beef patties, American cheese, bacon, lettuce, pickles, mayonnaise, fried onions and Moonshine BBQ sauce on a grilled brioche bun, served with Aussie Fries, $10.99

• Moonshine BBQ Chopped Salad: Grilled chicken, mixed greens, roasted corn, bacon, red onion, tomatoes and tortilla chips tossed in BBQ ranch dressing and drizzled with Moonshine BBQ sauce, $12.99.

Outback also recommends beer pairings with two items: Samuel Adams Boston Lager with the sirloin-and-shrimp dish, and Foster’s Lager with the burger.

The chain is also offering three Moonshine cocktails, priced at around $5.50 each:

• Huckleberry Hooch: Ole Smokey Blackberry Moonshine shaken with muddled seasonal berries, orange juice, pineapple juice and cranberry juice

• Watermelon Hooch Punch: Ole Smokey Blackberry Moonshine, watermelon and lemonade topped with a watermelon wedge

• Just Peaches: Georgia Moon Peach Moonshine with Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, peach purée, apple juice and orange juice, served with a cinnamon sugar rim.

Prices for all items vary by location.

To promote the new additions, Outback has introduced a Moonshine Name Generator at www.outback.com/name, as well as two promotional videos that can be viewed at www.outback.com/shine.

Few restaurant chains have achieved national success with permanent barbecue offerings, although Dave & Buster’s is currently trying it with its Maker’s Mark Wings and Maker’s Mark Smokehouse BBQ Burger, which were recently added as permanent menu items. The wings are available bone-in or boneless and are glazed with barbecue sauce. The burger is smothered in barbecue sauce and topped with smoked ancho pulled pork, caramelized onions and cheese.

Barbecue limited-time offers often do well, the most notable standout being McDonald’s McRib, which has a cult-like fan base. Noodles & Company is currently offering a Backyard Barbecue Chicken Salad, pulled chicken breast tossed in barbecue sauce and served with corn, Roma tomatoes and red cabbage, served over mixed greens with coleslaw dressing.

Au Bon Pain also has a BBQ Chicken Salad, with chicken marinated in barbecue sauce and served on romaine with roasted corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, three-Cheddar blend and light ranch dressing.

Contact Bret Thorn at bret.thorn@penton.com.
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