Bacon Jam
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5 from 1 vote

Chocolate Bourbon Bacon Jam Recipe

If you've never had bacon jam, you're in for a real treat. Chocolate and bourbon take the flavor up even more.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon jam, bacon jam recipe, chocolate bourbon bacon jam
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 267

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

  • 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.
  • Remove the cooked bacon from the pot and set aside on top of paper towels to absorb excess grease.
  • Pour off all but approximately 1 tablespoon of the grease from the pot and discard.
  • Add onions to the pot with the remaining bacon grease and cook until translucent, about 6 minutes.
  • Add in bourbon, vinegar, water, molasses, and brown sugar, and bring to a boil, scraping down the sides to release browned bits.
  • Add in the chocolate and cooked bacon, and stir to combine.
  • Reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook for two hours, stirring every 20-30 minutes. You're halfway done!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When the jam reaches room temperature, refrigerate it for a few hours.
  • 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.
  • Warm the jam in the microwave right before serving.
  • 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.

Notes

Yield 2 pounds of jam

Nutrition

Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 257mg | Potassium: 233mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.1mg