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12 Days of Edible Gifts: Bacon Jam


Sweet edible gifts not your thing? Then how about something savory? Even better, how about something bacon-y, like this to-die-for bacon jam. It's so good that I could only give one jar away. (I gifted myself with the other jar.) It's smoky, sweet, porky, and spicy. A long, slow cook ensures that the onions caramelize and the bacon melts. It has the chunky texture of tapenade and is easy to spread.

I've enjoyed it on toast, crackers, pasta, burgers, and simply and devilishly by the spoonful. If you want someone to fall in love with you, then I highly recommend giving them bacon jam. The words themselves are magical — say it with me: bacon jam. Bacon jam. You get the idea; now

Photo: Nicole Perry
Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam

Ingredients

1 pound smoked bacon
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
5 cloves of garlic, minced
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons Sriracha, plus more to taste
1 cup coffee
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, plus more to taste
1/4 cup maple syrup, preferably grade B
Freshly cracked black pepper

Directions

  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot or straight-sided sauté pan cook the bacon in batches over medium high heat until it's lightly browned and just starting to crisp. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and cook over medium heat until soft and translucent, 10-12 minutes.
  3. While the onion cooks, slice the bacon into 1-inch strips.
  4. Return the bacon to the pan and add the brown sugar, Sriracha, coffee, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
  5. Simmer over low heat, stirring every now and then to prevent sticking, for 3-4 hours, or until it has a thick, jam-like consistency and deep rich brown color.
  6. Let cool for 20 minutes than transfer to a food processor. Pulse for several seconds to finely chop and blend the jam. Season to taste with additional vinegar, Sriracha, and salt.
  7. Allow the solids to settle, then skim off as much of the fat as possible, and split between two 4-ounce glass jars.
  8. Serve at room temperature with crackers, crostini, or on a burger.
manintre manintre 2 years 32 weeks
sounds great so I am cooking it right now. However, the ingredients mentions two tbs of srircha sauce, but no where in the description does it mention it except at the end. There is says to add a squirt more to bump it up. My question is....is the squirt they mention the 2 tbs of the sauce?
3 years 37 weeks
I don't think anyone answered question about where you add Sriracha. I'm going to assume, if I no one else responds, that it must go in with the paprika towards the end.
3 years 38 weeks
Bacon, Bacon, Bacon!
4 years 35 weeks
Made this for New Years Party...it was a big hit. Dinner guest were asking about on Saturday too. LOL
4 years 38 weeks
Thank you for posting this! I am intrigued by the idea of bacon jam, so I just had to try this. My first attempt was sad. I over cooked it, it was too spicy, chalky, and generally nasty. I nailed it on my second attempt. Delicious! I recently made it for a third time with a few of my own modifications. It's incredible. Would you mind if I posted a link here to my adapted recipe on my blog? The blog isn't food related and no one reads it, so it won't scalp your traffic.
4 years 39 weeks
^^^ BWAhahahahahahahahahahaha. SHE USED GROUND COFFEE!!! Seriously, it seems like it would be good until you your kitchen and everything in your life is covered in bacon grease. Then it becomes just o.k. What is the shelf life? Thanks
4 years 39 weeks
I just made 6 small jars of this as Christmas gifts for family. It tastes so good! My apartement smelt like a diner all night last night, but it turned out great and wasn't too complicated. I wish the receipe specified that the coffee had to be brewed, and not just "coffee". Give it a go!
animatedpunk animatedpunk 4 years 39 weeks
This sounds AMAZING. MUST TRY!
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 4 years 39 weeks
This sounds absolutely swoon-worthy! I think I'll try this, and if it is as delicious as all are saying, it is going in the holiday goodie basket for the family gift basket exchange!
POPSUGAR-Food POPSUGAR-Food 4 years 39 weeks
Rabbit88, any Asian grocery store -- or check the Asian aisle of your supermarket.
snowak snowak 4 years 40 weeks
This sounds amazing. Can't wait to try it!
Rabbit88 Rabbit88 4 years 40 weeks
where can i get Sriracha??
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 4 years 40 weeks
I am making this right now! My house smells like bacony goodness.
POPSUGAR-Food POPSUGAR-Food 4 years 40 weeks
I didn't even realize it had coffee in it until I read the recipe!
partysugar partysugar 4 years 40 weeks
Smacks83: surprisingly the coffee flavor is not strong at all. I recommend making it!
Smacks83 Smacks83 4 years 40 weeks
I really don't like coffee ( I don't drink it, even the frou-frou concoctions), the the coffee flavor very present?
4 years 40 weeks
if you can't/don't want to make your own, there's a little place in seattle that makes a great version you can get over the internet. they make great gifts (already bought some for my SIL for xmas). http://skilletstreetfood.foodzie.com/skillet-bacon-jam.html
4 years 40 weeks
Thanks so much for the shoutout and I'm so glad that you like the recipe. I never got close to giving away any myself-hubby ate every lot I made hehe :)
Read2me Read2me 4 years 40 weeks
This sounds divine! When is the 2 tbsp of Sriracha added? Along with the brown sugar and coffee or only at the end if desired?
flyowsley flyowsley 4 years 40 weeks
Sriracha is an Asian hot sauce. Yes, we will be making this this weekend, you can bet on that!!
Iveenia Iveenia 4 years 40 weeks
ok - found it - a football club - and a hot chilly sauce ;)
Iveenia Iveenia 4 years 40 weeks
yes and another question: what is Sriracha? - never heard of that :) otherwise - i think it will make my dad's day, too ;)
4 years 40 weeks
can you can this like regular jam so it can sit on a shelf un-opened for a while?
4 years 40 weeks
looks delicious... but how long will this keep refrigerated?
POPSUGAR-Food POPSUGAR-Food 4 years 40 weeks
I was the lucky recipient of the other jar, and it made my day. I liked it even better than Nduja!