December 23, 2013

Bacon Jam

BACON!  JAM!  YEAH!



Let's face it; unless you are a vegan, vegetarian, or a near-vegetarian (or perhaps Jewish), you're most likely a fan of bacon.  And if you're a fan of bacon, you're likely going to be a fan of bacon jam.  Even if neither of these statements are true, you will want to know about this for yourself or to share with a fellow bacon-lover.  Because it's just that good.

Note: Do not be intimidated by the number of ingredients.  Also, note that this isn't something you can whip up in 20 min without compromising the taste. Needless to say, the time (and love) spent will all be worthwhile.

"Boozy Bacon Jam" Recipe adapted from Spoon Fork Bacon.
Yield: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. smoked bacon
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. Rudy's dry rub (or other rub that includes salt, chili pepper, paprika, etc.)
  • 3/4 cup sweet bourbon, brandy, or whiskey
  • 2/3 cup brewed coffee (can be lukewarm)
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. maple syrup (doesn't have to be Hello Kitty brand)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Sriracha
  • black pepper and sea salt to taste

Instructions 

  1. Slice bacon in 3/4'' slices.  Place in medium saucepan and cook on medium-high heat for about 10 min.  Remove from pan.
  2. Drain all but 1 tbsp. of bacon fat and add butter to melt.
  3. Add sliced onion, brown sugar, and cook for 10-15 min. until onions become translucent.  
  4. Add sliced shallot, garlic, and spices and saute for another 5 min.  
  5. Add bacon to the onion mix.
  6. Pour boubon/ brandy into the bacon mixture; reduce heat to medium and cook liquid down for 5 min.
  7. Add the coffee, vinegar, maply syrup, and Sriracha and stir until well-combined.  Reduce heat to low and simmer (uncovered), stirring occasionally.
  8. After about 1 hour, turn off the heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  9. Pour the cooled mixture into a food processor and process until desired consistency.  Add salt or pepper to taste.
  10. Serve warm (best!) or store in an airtight container, in the fridge, until ready to use. Stores up to one month.

BACON!

ONION!

BOURBON!

Simmer down baby, simmer.

Ta da!

Serve hot on freshly toasted bread.

Store in air-tight container/ jars.

A fancier version of pb+j sandwich.

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