Decadent: Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam.

Bacon what?

You read it right. Bacon Jam or Marmalade. So good.

Great on a tomato sandwich or a cheeseburger or just swiped on a crostini.

This is love.

I loved it best with a nice good cheddar on a cracker. Heavenly.

There are a ton of recipes out there for bacon jam, but since Julie's recipes are tried and true, I went with hers.

The only thing I did differently was I simmered the jam for an hour (instead of the half hour that she suggests) and I added more vinegar.

Pure decadence.

Bacon Jam: (adapted from Dinner w/ Julie)

1 lb. smoked bacon (I used Oscar Meyer), roughly chopped
1 small onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup brewed coffee
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tbsp grainy mustard
3 tbsp balsamic or cider vinegar

In your heaviest stockpot, cook the bacon pieces for a few minutes, rendering the fat, until just starting to get crisp. Remove the bacon w/ a slotted spoon and pour out most of the fat.

Saute the chopped onion and garlic for 5 minutes in a little of the bacon fat leftover, until turning golden.

Add the bacon back into the pot and add the rest of the ingredients.
Turn the flame down and simmer the bacon mixture for about an hour until it looks like it has a jammy consistency.

Let cool and pulse for 3 seconds only in a food processor to chop it just a bit.

This made about enough to fill an 8 oz. glass jar, and kept in the fridge for 2 weeks.

Oh my!


Ginny Lee said…
I can actually see a smidgen of this on some vanilla ice cream...or even better, peanut butter ice cream. Or straight from the jar, with a spoon.
The JR said…
Since I'm in full canning mode (blueberries/fig/zuchinni relish), I'll just have to try this one too!
Anonymous said…
How does one wear TWO bikinis?
Unknown said…
I've heard of bacon cupcakes, but bacon jam is a whole 'nother thing. I'll have to try this! Although I might try using honey instead of maple syrup.

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Anonymous said…
Is there supposed to be brown sugar in it? I see a picture of brown sugar but it's not on the recipe.
Dentist said…
Bacon jam. That is absolutely creative brilliance!

Stacey Snacks said…
Yes, 1/2 cup brown sugar.
Thank you for noticing my typo!

I just revised the recipe to include the sugar.

Joanne said…
This sounds like a pretty dangerous recipe to have around!
Julie said…
I love when I see something totally new (to me) and this is! Makes me think of baked beans without the beans :)
Anonymous said…
Something totally different that i have never thought of or seen before!
Oui, Chef said…
Love indeed. I am speechless at this one, my mind racing with all the possibilities. - S
Jonny said…
if it isn't already, bacon jam should be the name of a band, perhaps one that makes tunes for use in pornos, because this is incredibly sexy, downright dirty, in fact. for heaven's sake, it's a bacon condiment.
Anonymous said…
Bacon jam is my favorite along with pimento cheese.
Anonymous said…
Holy moley! I finally made this and I'm sad I wasted all of those years without it. This was lick the plate, fork, pot it was made in, spoon that stirred it, anything that touched it, delicious! Thank you!