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Bacon Jam

"A magical cross between ketchup and fruit preserves—but with bacon—this jam just might be the king of all condiments. The rich flavor of bacon is complemented by hints of coffee, citrus, maple syrup, and bourbon." -Breakfast for Dinner cookbook
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon jam
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 32 1-tablespoon servings (total yeild 2 cups)
Calories 77 kcal
Author Toni Dash

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sliced bacon , cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 large yellow onion , chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar , packed
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper , or to taste
  • 1/4 cup bourbon

Instructions

  1. Heat a large heavy skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook bacon until it starts to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. 

  2. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a paper-towel-lined plate. Drain off all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat in skillet.

  3. Reduce heat to medium. Add onions and garlic and cook until onion begins to soften, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently so garlic does not burn. 

  4. Return bacon to skillet and add coffee, vinegar, orange juice, maple syrup, brown sugar, orange zest, ginger, and pepper. 

  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes. Transfer mixture to a food processor and pulse briefly until finely chopped. 

  6. Return mixture to pan and cook for another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

  7. Add bourbon and gently simmer for 30 minutes more, or until jam is thick, syrupy, and dark in color. NOTE: if at any point the mixture starts to stick to the bottom of the pan and starts to look more like paste than jam, add water, 1/4 cup at a time. 

  8. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Refrigerated in an airtight container, bacon jam will keep for 3 to 4 weeks.

Recipe Notes

Recipe excerpted with written permission from Breakfast for Dinner cookbook (Quirk Books)

Nutrition Facts
Bacon Jam
Amount Per Serving
Calories 77 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 94mg4%
Potassium 52mg1%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 2.3mg3%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.