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BACON JAM

BACON JAM

What can be said of bacon jam? It is just amazing! Spicy, sweet, salty, smoky...it ticks all the boxes. You can use it wherever you would use bacon, jam or both. In grilled cheese, on a burger, smeared onto a cracker with a bit of fruit compote, you could even use it in your favourite cream cheese icing recipe...the possibilities are endless.

Here's what you'll need

  • 1 pound cooking bacon (chopped)
  • 1 medium onion (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 whole head garlic (peeled and chopped)
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup whiskey
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 jalapenos (more or less depending on the spice level of the pepper and your preference)
  • 1 cup coffee
  1. cooking bacon is something I've just discovered here in Britain. All the supermarkets and local butchers have them. It's basically the bacon ends, the rough bits that you can't sell as proper bacon. Well this is ideal for this recipe. Don't splash out for good quality bacon, you're just going to boil the crap out of it and pulverize it. You just want good bacon flavour and this works great

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  3. give the bacon a rough chop

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  5. brown the bacon (about 10 minutes), then toss in the onions, jalapenos and garlic and cook until they're cooked (about 5 minutes or so)

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  7. add the rest of the ingredients and simmer on low for at least 2 hours (and stir it once in a while)

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  9. you'll know it's ready when it's thick and sticky and the bacon is almost all broken down but leave it a bit runny because it'll thicken as it cools

  10. Sometimes I run through a food processor, but I didn't have one when I made it once and it turned out just fine, maybe a bit chunky and rustic (as is on trend these days), whatever your preference

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