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