This bacon jam is so good; you'll want to smear it on everything.
If you think the word "jam" is linked to something fruity, you are about to get a shocking revelation. Jams are a perfect condiment. They go well with a variety of things like sandwiches, pancakes, crackers, etc. Let's be honest; we all have grown up eating jams. At least one of your favorite childhood memories includes jam. For me, it was the only thing that comforted my midnight cravings. A toast and raspberry jam, yum yum. But as I grew up, I discovered that the world of jam has a lot to it than apples, raspberries, or oranges.
As time has changed, the culinary world has changed as well. Today, you will find a couple of unusual flavors related to jam. Take lemon jam, for instance. It is adrift from the typical sweet flavor.
In other words, today, the word "jam" is not restricted to sweet only. In fact, you can link it to savory as well. So, to expand your connotation for the word "jam," I bring you a highly unusual and exciting jam recipe. This utterly delicious jam is called "The Bacon Jam." Yes, that's right! Bacon and jam. Quite unusual, eh? But believe me, it is utterly delicious. Especially if you are a bacon-lover, you cannot pass this one!
Ingredients of Bacon Jam
Here are the main ingredients of my Bacon jam recipe that set the pace for deliciousness.
- Bacon Strips: The hero of the show is the crispy bacon. 20 minutes in the oven, and the crisp is to die for!
- Sugar: Something sweet to balance out the flavors and give the bacon a new dimension. You can either use white or brown sugar, and the choice is yours. Furthermore, if you don't want to use sugar, you can use maple syrup instead. It will taste just as delicious.
- Herbs: Herbs go perfectly well with the bacon and add new flavors that don't let sugar overpower the jam. These add complexity to the jam and gives it an umami flavor.
- Balsamic vinegar: The best thing about Bacon jam is that it is not overloaded with sweetness. Why? Because of the vinegar. Balsamic vinegar cut through the sweetness, balancing out every single flavor.
- BBQ sauce: Now, this ingredient is the game-changer. BBQ and bacon is a match made in heaven. So, adding BBQ sauce makes all the difference. This one ingredient makes this jam sweet and savory at the same time.
How can I use bacon jam?
You can use bacon jam in a variety of ways. For instance, it goes perfectly well on a toast. Simple and delicious. No hard work at all! Secondly, you can add it to your burgers and pancakes. It will complement every other ingredient perfectly well and kick your burger. Thirdly, serve it alongside nachos or crackers. It is a perfect way to bypass dips and sauces on a game day! Lastly, dress your salads with Bacon jam to enjoy new flavors. In short, get creative! You have endless possibilities!
How long can Bacon Jam Last?
Well, depending on if you’ll have any leftover after tasting this incredible blend of caramelized onion and bacon 🙂 All jokes! You can pop the bacon jam in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 2 months. Make sure to store in an air-tight container for longer shelf life. Defrost or leave it at room temperature before serving.
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Delicious BBQ Bacon Jam
- 1 lb bacon strips
- 1 large sweet onion, chopped
- 2 shallots, chopped
- ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground garlic
- 1 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary (about 3 sprigs)
- Salt to taste
- ⅓ cup lightly packed brown sugar or maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons barbecue sauce
- ⅔ cup balsamic vinegar
- Preheat oven to 400°F
- Line bacon strips in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the strips are crispy but not burnt.
- Drain the bacon fat from the pan and set aside. Chop the bacon into chunks (don’t worry, it’ll be puréed in the food processor later)
- Place a heavy bottom skillet on the stovetop. Add about 3 teaspoons of the bacon grease to the pan. Set the stove on medium-low. Add the onion and shallots. Cook for 15 minutes, staring occasionally.
- Add the pepper, garlic, salt, sugar, rosemary, and barbecue sauce. Stir until combined. Allow cooking for another 15 minutes, occasionally stirring to avoid it from burning. Add the balsamic vinegar, scraping each side of the pan. Finally, add the bacon bits, and combine—Cook for another 7 mins. Adjust seasoning.
- Remove from the stove and allow to cool slightly (unless your food processor allows hot food). Add the mix into the food processor and pulse for a few minutes or until it reaches your desired consistency.Transfer into a clean jar and store in the refrigerator for 4 days or into a freezer-safe container for up to two months.