Took some home smoked bacon and mad some bacon jam.


Sliced bacon and then cut into 3/4 - 1" pieces

Brown bacon over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until most of the fat is rendered off.

Drain the bacon and save the bacon grease for cooking other stuff.

Chop onions and cook in a tablespoon of bacon grease until they start getting translucent.

Combine all the remaining ingredients and cook on high, uncovered, until liquid is syrupy, 4-5 hours.

Here is is reduced and thickened

Transfer to food processor and give a few pulses

Put in air tight containers

Store in fridge for up to 4 weeks.

Recipe I used:
• 2.5 pounds sliced bacon, cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
• 3 large yellow onions, diced
• 2 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled ( I used granulated as I was out of fresh)
• 3/4 cup cider vinegar
• 1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
• 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
• 1 1/2 cup brewed coffee
• 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
• Pinch or two of red pepper flakes

I did it all in a slow cooker so not as much clean up or tending.

Think it would be great on a burger or grilled cheese. Tried it on crackers and it was super!
Next time I will use store bought bacon, I doubt it paid to use good bacon for this.
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This looks amazing! I have all the ingredients and I think I am gonna try it very soon. Have you considered canning it or does it not make enough. Curious if I should double it so I can gift some.
I doubled the recipe I had and it only made about about 20 ounces. I sure it could be pressure canned but you would have to make a pretty big batch.
I don't think mine will last the recommended 4 weeks Smiler
That looks great Rich. We love bacon jam and always have a container in the refrigerator. The recipe and method I use is the same as yours, though I also have a more savory version which includes fish sauce and chipotles en adobo among other things.

There's a multitude of uses for the jam, which are limited only by your imagination. For openers, it makes a killer PBJ sandwich.

Enjoy. It won't be around long.
That was the first time I have made it but it does have a pretty strong flavor so I don't know if you would notice it with the vinegar, coffee and all the sugars in it. Might be worth a try though.
Originally posted by Pags:
Once you've rendered the fat from the bacon, have you ever thought about adding some smoke?

I was thinking about this today and I think next time I will make this in the FEC during a brisket or butt cook down at 225º that should be in the same range as my slow cooker was.
Does anybody have experience in pressure canning this jam? Id like to make some of this up for future Christmas gifts but don't know the safest/best method.

I would think that you could do this in a hot water bath. Everything in this has already been cooked, so basically you just want to get as much air out of the jar as possible and get a good seal on the jar. I have jam around here that was made 3 and 4 years ago that never saw a canner. I put the jars in boiling water while the jam is cooking down. The lids go in another pan of hot water. When the jam is done, it gets ladled into the hot jars, the lid and ring go on, and the bottle sits on a towel with the lid side down for 5 minutes, and then is turned right side up. I would contact your County Agriculture Agent and ask them what they think? they are a good resource for this kind of thing.
Thanks for the suggestions. I have a slab of pork belly curing and am going to give this a try.

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