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Chocolate Bourbon Bacon Jam Recipe

Bacon Jam

Bacon jam is the dark and moody cousin of bright, cheery fruit jams.  Slather bacon jam on burgers, crackers, toast, sandwiches, over maple ice cream, or use it the the surprise dessert recipe that I’ll be posting soon.

Skillet Bacon Spread

Bacon jam was popularized by Skillet in Seattle.  If bacon jam sounds amazing but not something you'd ever take the time to make, buy theirs.

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There are many bacon jam recipes online and most follow the same formula.  Cook the bacon, cook some onions in bacon grease, add some liquid and something sweet – typically coffee, water, vinegar, and maple syrup – simmer on low heat for hours, and blend or food process a little bit.

My chocolate bourbon bacon jam recipe is most closely adapted from Allison Eats’ chocolate bacon jam recipe.  She uses her chocolate bacon jam as a filling for macarons –  I must try this sometime!  For my version, I added more chocolate (why not?), switched the maple syrup out for molasses for a heavier feel, and swapped the coffee for bourbon.  If you are eating bacon jam, you may as well make it as sexy as possible.  This bacon jam recipe takes about four hours to make, but most of that time is spent doing nothing but stirring the pot every 30 minutes or so.

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Chocolate Bourbon Bacon Jam Recipe

Yield: About two pounds of bacon jam

Chocolate Bourbon Bacon Jam Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds 4 ounces bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped (chips are also fine)

Instructions

  1. Cook the bacon in a small dutch oven or heavy-bottomed stock pot over medium heat until brown, but not yet crispy. It will release lots of grease.
  2. Remove the cooked bacon from the pot and set aside on top of paper towels to absorb excess grease.
  3. Pour off all but approximately 1 tablespoon of the grease from the pot and discard.
  4. Add onions to the pot with the remaining bacon grease and cook until translucent, about 6 minutes.
  5. Add in bourbon, vinegar, water, molasses, and brown sugar, and bring to a boil, scraping down the sides to release browned bits.
  6. Add in the chocolate and cooked bacon, and stir to combine.
  7. Reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook for two hours, stirring every 20-30 minutes. You're halfway done!
  8. Use a hand blender or food processor to puree the jam until you reach a smooth texture that still has some bacon bits remaining. You don't want a puree.
  9. Continue to simmer on low heat for another 2 hours, stirring every 20-30 minutes, until jam has reduced to a thicker consistency. When you're done, the jam will resemble a thick, meaty pasta sauce. It will get much thicker after it cools.
  10. When the jam reaches room temperature, refrigerate it for a few hours.
  11. A large quantity of the grease will rise to the top of the bacon jam and congeal in the fridge. Unless you are a glutton for grease, scrape it all off and discard it.
  12. Warm the jam in the microwave right before serving.
  13. My best guess (I haven't tested it) is that bacon jam would last for a week in the refrigerator. I'd freeze it if I wanted it to last longer than that.
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4 Responses to Chocolate Bourbon Bacon Jam Recipe

  1. Wilma August 6, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    Oh dear. I just found the filling for the maple bacon cupcakes I’m making tomorrow. This sounds delicious!

  2. Emily August 7, 2013 at 6:30 am #

    My husband is a bacon fanatic! I actually put a container of the skillet jam in his stocking last Christmas. Now, bacon + bourbon + chocolate?!? must try! Thanks for sharing!

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