Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam Ingredients

  • 1 lb thick cut bacon. Please buy an excellent cut of bacon; try The Farmer's Larder for local {Washington,MO} and naturally raised pork. Find them on Twitter @FarmersLarderMO

  • 1/2 medium white onion (thinly sliced)

  • 1 garlic clove (minced)

  • 2 to 4 tablespoons coffee concentrate {Secret Squirrel cold brew coffee} or 2 tbsp of finely ground espresso

  • 1/3 cup of maple syrup

  • 1/4 cup of Bourbon or Whiskey


  • Cut raw bacon into 1 inch pieces, then place in large pan to cook over medium-high heat. Cook until bacon is crisp. When done cooking, place bacon on paper towels to remove excess grease. Remove grease from pan, reserve about 2 tablespoons.

  • Add garlic and onion to pan with 2 tablespoons of bacon grease. Cook over medium heat until onions caramelize. Add bacon back to the pan, toss to combine ingredients.

  • Add maple syrup to the pan, cook about 5 minutes. Add coffee, start with 2 tbsp, if mixture is dry, add an additional 2 tablespoons. Cook another 5 minutes.

  • Reduce heat to low, add Bourbon, cover, cook another 20 minutes. Occasionally check mixture, there should be liquid in the pan, if not add water (few tablespoons).

  • Allow mixture to slightly cool before transferring to a food processor. Pulse bacon mixture about 5 to 10 times. It should have small pieces of bacon present, not completely smooth.

  • Place in a refrigerator and microwave safe container. Allow to cool at room temperature prior to placing in the fridge.

  • Once jam is refrigerated, it tends to thicken. Bacon jam is best served warm, so add a teaspoon of water when reheating.

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