Adapted from Everyday Food.
The taste of this jam is truly outrageous. Each bite contains layer upon layer of flavor, from the caramelized onions and garlic; to the sweet bourbon and maple syrup; to the smoky, salty, porky bacon. Try it on toast, in place of mayonnaise in a sandwich, or slathered on pancakes. It will keep for a month in the fridge.
- Yield:Makes 3 cups
- Active time: 40 minutes
- Total time:4 hours, 40 minutes
- 1 1/2 pounds regular, supermarket variety bacon, cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
- 2 medium onions, diced (about 2 cups)
- 3 medium cloves garlic, peel and coarsely chopped (About 2 teaspoons)
- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 6 tablespoons brewed coffee
- 6 tablespoons bourbon
Divide bacon between two large skillets and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until fat is rendered and bacon is lightly browned and starting to crisp, about 20 minutes.
Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Discard fat from one skillet. Pour off all but one tablespoon fat from remaining skillet. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are softened and translucent, about five minutes. Add vinegar, brown sugar, maple syrup, coffee, and bourbon. Bring to a boil and cook for two minutes, stirring and scraping browned bits from bottom of skillet with wooden spoon. Add bacon and stir to combine.
Transfer mixture to a six-quart slow-cooker and cook on high, uncovered, until liquid has reduced and thickened slightly and bacon is a deep burnished brown, 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
Transfer mixture to food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Let cool, then transfer to airtight jars. Store in refrigerator for up to one month.