Bacon Jam, who knew this amazing, wonderful, fantabulous tasty treat existed, I sure didn't, until I was watching the Food Network the other day. Diner's Drive Ins and Dives was on, one of my favorite shows on that channel and I can't remember what the name of the restaurant was because I wasn't really paying to much attention, I was working, on another blog. And then I heard the words "Bacon Jam", what? Now I was on a mission to find this wonderful thing I just heard about. Of course I headed to Google, the keeper of all wisdom, at least all wisdom that I am always having to look up.
There were so many recipes for Bacon Jam, couldn't find the one that I halfway saw on TV, but there were many to choose from. I compiled a few of the recipes that looked the closest to what was on the show and between my mom and me, we came up with this wonderful, amazing concoction of goodness. Okay, you've waited long enough, here it is, and by the way, you can't rush goodness, this recipe will take about 3 hours total to create, but trust me, it is worth it.
By the way this yummy bacon jam would be good on pretty much everything, even a shoe, but I can't wait to try it on a pork loin, and it was amazing on some cream cheese and a cracker.
Bacon Jam (Makes 2 Cups)
24 oz Bacon, roughly chopped
2-4 Large onion, roughly chopped (I used 2, not a big onion fan)
4 Cloves of garlic, crushed
1 Bay leaf (I broke it into pieces, big enough to pull out)
2 Tsp smoked paprika (had no idea this even existed, I will be using it on everything too)
1 Tsp Salt (I only used 1/2 tsp, the bacon was already salty enough)
1/3 Cup balsamic vinegar
1 Cup Soft brown sugar
1 Cup apple juice
1 Cup water
1. Fry the chopped bacon and onion together until they start to stick to the bottom of the pan and start to caramelize slightly. (I had to use 2 pans because there was so much, but I combined it once it started to shrink up)
2. Add the garlic and bay leaf and fry it for another minute.
3. Add the smoked paprika, salt and balsamic vinegar and stir it until combined.
4. Add the brown sugar, apple juice and water.
5. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and allow it to simmer on high heat for 5 minutes.
6. Turn the heat down and let the jam simmer for 60 minutes uncovered until the liquid has reduced and thickened slightly. (The liquid that remains in the pot should be able to coat the spoon but not be syrupy or thick).
7. Poor the mixture into a large mixing bowl.
8. Remove the bay leaves.
9. With a hand blender, blend the jam until there are no big chunks left.
10. Transfer the mixture to sterilized jars and store in the refrigerator for 2-4 weeks, you can also freeze it for a longer period of time.