Bacon Jam

A little while ago I wanted to try making bacon jam.  Maybe “jam” is a misnomer for this, but let’s just call it a jam to make our lives easier.  I failed miserably while cooking the jam because I was distracted by a stupid phone conversation and burnt the bacon… I was upset and disappointed because 1. I don’t like stupid mistakes like this and 2. that was an expensive slab of bacon!!

Anyway, I was still determined to turn this into a success story so I readied myself yesterday to tackle this jam!!

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My inspiration came from Martha Stewart’s website and I did tweak a bit here and there.  Instead of slow cooking I used the stovetop and played around with the ingredients.

  • 1 pounds sliced bacon, cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 medium yellow onions, diced small
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder

  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until fat is rendered and bacon is lightly browned, about 20 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain.

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  1. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from skillet (reserve for another use); add onions and garlic, and cook until onions are translucent, about 6 minutes. Add vinegar, brown sugar, maple syrup, coffee, and chili poweder and bring to a boil, stirring and scraping up browned bits from skillet with a wooden spoon, about 2 minutes. Add bacon and stir to combine.

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  1. Bring the mixture to a boil again and cook on medium-high heat for about 10 minutes.  Bring it down to medium-low until the mixture reduces as the sauce becomes more syrupy.  Watch the mixture carefully and stir it occasionally.  This may take up to an hour (depending on your stovetop). 

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Transfer to a food processor or use immersion blender; pulse until coarsely chopped. Let cool, then refrigerate in airtight containers, up to 4 weeks.

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My opinion:

Wow!  This was like eating slow cooked roast pork and BBQ pork on a toast!!  Seriously, it was like a gentle and subtle blend of these 2 flavors.  I didn’t feel they were competing to assert the flavor.   What a nice way to start out this morning’s breakfast!!  If you are pork lover you’ll love this!!

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