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Bourbon Bacon Jam

If you love untraditional spreads then you need to whip up this deliciously easy Bourbon Bacon Jam. Sweet, spicy and absolutely delicious.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 1293kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bacon reserve bacon grease
  • 2 medium onions sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup coffee brewed
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce chopped
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Place cooling racks on a rimmed baking sheet and layer bacon over top.
  • Cook bacon for 15-20 minutes or until crispy.
  • Remove from oven and set aside to cool, once cool crumble.
  • Taking about 1-2 Tbs of the bacon grease add to large pot.
  • Cook onions in bacon grease until tender.
  • Add in the garlic and cook for about 1 minute.
  • Add crumbled bacon and remaining ingredients and heat on medium-low until the liquid has reduced some and thickened about 1-2 hours.
  • At this point you can add your bacon mix to a food processor to break it down to smaller chunks or you can leave it chunkier.
  • Place into 2 1/2 pint jars or 4 4 oz jars, seal and refrigerate!

Notes

  1. You can use thick or regular cut bacon for this, we have used both.
  2. We prefer sweet onions as referenced above.
  3. You can use any bourbon brand that you like, we usually use Jim Beam as it is our favorite.
  4. If you want to cut down the heat on this omit the chipotle pepper, it isn't essential but adds amazing flavor to this recipe.
  5. Make sure you cook low and slow, this makes sure that everything cooks together nicely and breaks down.
  6. Use pure maple syrup and not the fake bottled kind.
  7. If you want a richer flavor use dark brown sugar instead of light brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 1293kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 90g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 1617mg | Potassium: 826mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 1.6mg