Now I figured with a name like Bacon Jam, that THIS would be a recipe that I would really like…Man, was I wrong! I am IN LOVE with bacon jam…I mean really in love.
This is our new go-to condiment. It goes on burgers, in grilled cheese, with cream cheese on crostini, in chicken salad, on baked potatoes and we’ve only had it in the house less than a week! I would venture to say that it would be amazing with a little vanilla ice cream! Yum!!
I brought a jar to a family cook out and made everyone try it! Unless everyone was just being polite…the reviews were (as I suspected…) “where can we get some?!?”
(My husbands bacon jam filled dinner plate! Ha, ha)
Looks like I’ll be putting Bacon jam on my Christmas gift list!
Want some of your own…
Here ya go!
After my family filled their plates the first night right out of the crock-pot I filled 3 jelly jars and 4 smaller jars
3 lbs bacon
4 medium onions sliced
8 cloves garlic
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup (the real stuff)
1.5 cups brewed coffee
1/4 cup molasses
2 bay leaves
Chop the raw bacon into small pieces and cook in a skillet (render out the fat) until the bacon is nice and crispy.
Remove the bacon and set aside. Cook onions and garlic in remaining bacon fat until translucent.
In the meantime, put the rest of the ingredients in a crock pot. Transfer the onion and garlic mixture and the bacon bits into the crock pot and set on high for 3-4 hours or until you have a runny jam like consistency.
I got impatient and put it into a wok and reduced it that way (the smell was intoxicating and I just couldn’t wait anymore!)
Pull out the bay leaves and zip it all in the food processor until the bacon is broken up, just a few spins.
Put it into jars and refrigerate. Add to everything!!
My favorite so far is store-bought natural rotisserie chicken, pulled and mixed with mayo and bacon jam! Delish!!
I would think you could can in a pressure canner, but I will ask the experts before I make that claim for sure. 🙂
Next time I think I’ll experiment with a savory bacon jam. This one is on the sweet side, I can just imagine one with a bit more garlic and rosemary….Mmmm….