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Bacon Jam

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  • Makes

    1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs (681 g) thick cut bacon
  • 2 large sweet onions (Vidalia)
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) minced garlic
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) canned chipotle chili peppers
  • ½ tsp (2.5 ml) cinnamon
  • ½ tsp (2.5 ml) ground allspice powder
  • ½ cup bourbon (125 ml) or strong coffee
  • ½ cup (125 ml) maple syrup
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) balsamic vinegar
  • brown sugar to balance sweetness if necessary

Directions

  1. Cook bacon over medium heat in a large sauté pan. Cook until nice and golden brown and crispy. Remove and drain on a paper-towel lined tray.
  2. Pour off all but one tablespoon (15 ml) of the bacon fat.
  3. Chop the onions into a small dice.
  4. Place pan over medium heat and add the onions and cook until caramelized.
  5. Add garlic and the spices and sauté one minute.
  6. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for 20- 25 minutes over low heat until reduced like jam.
  7. Add the bacon (roughly chopped) and cook a further 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat check the sweetness. If necessary add brown sugar to balance.

Note: Keeps for 1 week

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