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Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam

[Photographs: Joshua Bousel]

About the author: Joshua Bousel brings you new, tasty condiment each Wednesday and a recipe for weekend grilling every Friday. He also writes about grilling and barbecue on his blog The Meatwave whenever he can be pulled away from his grill.

Adapted from Martha Stewart

Bacon Jam

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About This Recipe

Yield:makes 2 cups
Active time:2 hours
Total time:2 hours
Special equipment:Food Processor
This recipe appears in: Sauced: Bacon Jam

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup

Procedures

  1. 1

    In a large skillet or dutch oven, cook bacon over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until fat is rendered and bacon is lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain.

  2. 2

    Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat from skillet; add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in coffee, vinegar, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Bring to a boil, stirring and scraping up browned bits from skillet with a wooden spoon, about 2 minutes. Add bacon and stir to combine.

  3. 3

    Reduce heat to a bare simmer and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until liquid is syrupy, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

  4. 4

    Transfer to a food processor; pulse until coarsely chopped. Let cool, then refrigerate in an airtight container up to 4 weeks.

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