Bacon is one of my top favorite foods of all time. A few years ago I had one of my dearest friends (who happens to be vegan) change my life forever because she made me a gift basket filled with pickled and canned creations that she had made. One of the jars contained bacon jam. It’s like bacon candy people, and if you love bacon, you’re going to want to try this recipe out soon.
That jar of bacon jam quickly disappeared and I soon found myself on a quest to make a batch of my very own jam. After tweaking the recipe a couple of times over the years, I’ve found my favorite way to create it. And, of course, I want to share it with you.
What do you put bacon jam on?
Since bacon jam is sweet, yet still full of bacon flavor, the opportunities are endless as to what you use it for. Oftentimes I’ll use it as a spread for crackers, but you can also add it to ingredients when cooking, serve it on your breakfast toast, or just eat it plain out of the jar.
How to make the jam:
- 1 pound of bacon
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 cup coffee
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/3 cup whiskey
- 2 shallots, diced
Cut the bacon into one-inch pieces and then cook it in a skillet over medium heat (I prefer a cast-iron skillet). Cook them for approximately 15 mins, or until crisp. Remove bacon and set aside onto paper towels to cool.
Pour all but one tablespoon of bacon grease out of the pan, then add the shallots and cook until translucent. Add the coffee, whiskey, and garlic powder.
Add maple syrup and dark brown sugar, Bring mixture to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about one hour, until the mixture thickens.
Remove from heat and let the mixture cool. Place into a food processor (or a smart hand blender) and add the bacon.
Combine until the mixture has a spreadable consistency.
Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
I personally use a stick hand blender like this Cuisinart hand blender.
It takes a little time to cook this down, but, you know the saying, all good things take time, right? The best part is that it can be stored in your refrigerator for quite some time after it’s cooked.
Have you ever eaten bacon jam before?