Bacon Jam

baconjam4I live in a meat-centric town. Bacon is a staple on just about every menu and my vegetarian friends consider bacon their “vacation meat” so they can splurge on the best food ever created.
This last summer, I was introduced to a phenomena called Bacon Jam. This sweet savory spread melted instantly on my tongue leaving the lingering flavor of bacon behind.
From that day on, i decided I would make it. I started researching recipes and most are just varieties of the same, some asking for ketchup, others required maple syrup. I settled on a combination of recipes and developed my own to share with you!

baconjam3Bourbon Bacon Jam

makes about 3-4 cups
2 lbs of Bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic sliced
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbs chili powder
1 cup bourbon
1/4 cup stone ground mustard
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar

In a large pot, fry bacon. Remove bacon and add onion and garlic to drippings and saute for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add remaining ingredients and bacon to pot and bring to boil. Turn down heat and simmer for 1 hour. Using an immersion blender, blend jam into chunky texture and bring back to a low simmering boil until liquid thickens. cool and store for 2- 3 weeks in the fridge.baconjam2baconjam