Really, is there anything better than the smell of bacon cooking? I don’t think so. I’ve been making this jam for a while now, I make it for brunch to put on my toast or for dinner to put on my burger. I give it as gifts and I also use it in some of my marinades. It’s such a versatile recipe that you can stash in your fridge or freezer to break it out for any dish you’re looking to jazz up with this sweet, savory and salty mix.
The bourbon is very subtle but it can be omitted if you’re not into that, if you are, bourbon away! Tonight we’re putting this on bison sliders with manchego cheese and all the toppings. It’s going to be a good night indeed.
I use Daily’s Thick Cut Peppered Bacon, which is the best. This bacon is from Missoula, MT and it’s a true testament to good meat coming from the Northwest. It is nationally distributed so you can find it in your local grocery stores.
Get creative and enjoy this on everything…and I do mean everything.
What do I mean by everything? I’m glad you asked….
Make grilled cheese! Serve with Roasted Tomato Soup and it will make your year. I promise.
Before serving, warm in the microwave for a few seconds. And just in case, put it on a paper towel to prevent a mess in your microwave, got to be prepared!
Maple Bacon Bourbon Jam
Quick and easy Maple Bacon Bourbon Jam that you can use on everything from toast in the morning to your burgers at a BBQ. Make a big batch and give as gifts during the holidays. Enjoy!
- 6 slices Thick Cut Bacon, sliced into lardons
- 1 whole Sweet Onion, sliced
- 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
- 1/4 cup Bourbon, plus 2 tablespoons
- 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- Step 1 Heat a heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat, add the diced bacon. Render fat and crisp over medium heat. Remove crispy bacon to a paper towel lined plate to drain and drain out the remaining fat.
- Step 2 Add sliced onion to the pan. Cook over medium heat until onion is caramelized and golden brown, about 10 -
- Step 3 15 minutes.
- Step 4 Spoon caramelized onions and bacon into a blender or food processor, blend until roughly smooth. Add back to the pan.
- Step 5 Mix the maple syrup, 1/4 cup bourbon, apple cider vinegar and brown sugar together in a bowl. Add the liquid mixture to the pan with the bacon and onion. Bring to a boil over medium heat and reduce to a simmer for about 10-15 minutes until mixture looks thickened.
- Step 6 Turn off heat and add the 2 tablespoons of bourbon to the pan. Mix and allow bacon jam to sit for 10 minutes to cool slightly before putting in an air tight container. Store in the fridge for 2 weeks or freeze.
Savor and Enjoy!