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Bourbon Bacon Jam

I have been meaning to make this recipe for a long while now.

Bourbon Bacon Jam

Ever since Kevin on Top Chef and Lisa at Homesick Texan made their versions of bacon jam I have been dreaming of the day when I would make mine.  Like any jam you can make it any flavor you like best.  I like bourbon and I like maple syrup. Those flavors, with their earthy caramel notes and natural sweetness, are the perfect foil to salty, smoky bacon.

Bourbon Bacon Jam

I recommend you get the best quality bacon you can find. If you can find thick cut Applewood smoked I would suggest you use that because it has a nice smoke flavor that will not overpower the jam as the bacon mixture reduces.   Good quality bourbon is also a suggestion I would make.  Don’t go crazy and use best quality, but please do not use anything in a plastic bottle for this.  The maple syrup, however, should not be the very best quality.  Any B grade will be fine here because you want the deep maple flavor and the sweetness, but since it is not the star don’t spend the money.   Serve this jam on toast, in a panini, on a buttermilk biscuit, with sliced apples, or with some sharp cheddar cheese.  I will not disappoint.

Bourbon Bacon Jam     Yield 1 1/2 cups

1 pound thick-cut applewood smoked bacon, cut into 1″ pieces
1 large sweet onion, cut into 1/4″ thick slices
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch fresh grated nutmeg
Pinch ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon dry chipotle powder
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup good quality bourbon
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon hot sauce

Bourbon Bacon Jam

In a large skillet over medium high heat cook the bacon pieces until the begin to crisp at the edges but are still soft in the center, about 1 – 1 1/2 minutes per side.  Set aside to drain.  Pour all but one tablespoon of the bacon drippings from the pan.

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Lower the heat to medium-low and add the onion and brown sugar.  Cook until the onions are well caramelized, about twenty minutes.  Add the garlic and spices and cook an additional five minutes.

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Add the liquid ingredients and the bacon to the pan.  Increase the heat to medium heat bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about two hours.  Check the mixture every 30 minutes.  If the mixture becomes too dry add a few tablespoons of water.  You want the final mixture to be moist and very sticky.

Bourbon Bacon Jam

Let the mixture cool slightly them put it into the bowl of a food processor, or blender, and pulse about 20 times, or until it reaches your preferred consistency.  (I prefer mine slightly chunky so you really notice the bacon)

Bourbon Bacon Jam

Enjoy, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Bourbon Bacon Jam

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39 Responses to “Bourbon Bacon Jam”

  1. UNREAL!!! This is by far the best thing I have ever found on a blog. You know the way to my heart.

  2. Lisa says:

    Be careful, bacon jam is addictive!

  3. Eliana says:

    Wow – incredible!!!! A bacon lovers dream come true.

  4. ValleyWriter says:

    Mmm… bacon… what’s not to like!?

  5. How can you go wrong with bacon! Then add the bourbon and you have a masterpeice. This is a must make. TY for sharing.

  6. Cherine says:

    This look so tempting!

  7. you have reminded how much i want to make this in the very near future. i’m pretty sure i’ll be having a jam day sometime soon, and this will have to be included. thanks for the mouth watering reminder!

  8. Victoria says:

    Ooooooh bacon :) I too have been waiting for a chance to try to make this. Thanks for sharing, this looks great!

  9. Brad says:

    What a great recipe, sounds really tasty with a little zing from the chipotle. Thanks for the intense recipe, now you have me dreaming of your jam all day.

  10. Wow, that is so unusual and I am sure amazing to eat. Thanks!

  11. A bacon jam sounds so good!

  12. joanne says:

    This is going to rival fig jam for my most favorite thing to spread on sandwiches. Or eat out of the jar with a spoon. Who am I kidding. Or pour into my mouth out of the jar. Unabashedly. Awesome.

  13. Pete says:

    I didn’t think you could improve on bacon, but I was wrong. Add bourbon and you have an almost perfect food!!!

  14. Jodi says:

    I made this jam on Wednesday for a dinner party I was hosting. Our parish priest was coming to bless our new house. Everyone that tried it LOVED it, and this weekend after mass, Father commented on how good the meal was and especially, the Bourbon Bacon Jam. Even my dad, who has become kind of picky in his old age, really liked it. I even forgot the part of running it through the food processor, and other than being really chunky, it’s just fine, and of course, my guests knew no different. Make it–you won’t regret it!

  15. Thomas says:

    Nice, I’d like to try this on top of some bacon and cheddar cookies, ha.

  16. Becks says:

    I’m making this for a bacon cook off some friends of mine have every year..last year was the first and a 12 year old made bacon brittle and won…this year I hope to win with this jam…sounds amazing!!!!

  17. Jean says:

    What do I need to do to this recipe to be able to can it? It sounds wonderful and I want to send it to my family!

  18. Travler2130 says:

    I made this for our SuperBowl party. It is delish!!! Was so worth the time and effort. I used about 1/2 tsp as a garnish for deviled eggs. YUM.

  19. Scott_D says:

    OMG, OMG, OMG. I made this today and it’s so good.

  20. Allison says:

    Can you make the jam with really crispy bacon?

  21. Chelsea says:

    This is the BEST THING EVER!!!!!!!!!!! My husband and I can’t stop eating it. I may even attempt to pressure can some of the next batch.

  22. Erika says:

    Well I saw this and either thought, experiment or amazing. I’ll go with amazing. May add dark chocolate to the mix as well next time to go with the coffee. Or not. But this was a hit at breakfast this morning! and it made my kitchen smell wonderful the day before. Mmmm.

  23. BB says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Going to make it for the second time today and serve it over goat cheese. It’s so good on burgers, eggs, or by itself. Thanks for sharing your recipe!


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