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Sweet & Savory Bourbon Bacon Jam

Bold enough to serve at your tailgate yet nuanced enough to include at your dinner party, our Bourbon Bacon Jam recipe is one recipe everyone will ask you to share. Try it on a baguette or spread some on a burger; it’s mostly savory with just a touch of sweet.

Ingredients

1-1/2 lb bacon, diced

2 cups shallots, finely chopped

1 cup Vidalia onion or any sweet onion, finely diced

3 tbsp minced garlic

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp smoked paprika

4 oz bourbon

1 cup Aunt Sue’s Honey

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Directions

For the bacon:
Over medium heat, cook the bacon until brown.

(Pro tip: Cook in small batches for best results. You’ll want the bacon to be nice and crispy.)

Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain excess fat, leaving 2 tbsp of fat in the pan for later use.

 

To make the jam:
Pulse shallots and onions in food processor, or cut by hand.

Add shallots and onion to pan with leftover bacon fat.

Cook over medium heat until they start to caramelize.

Add garlic, cook for about 1 more minute.

Add chili powder and smoked paprika, stir to combine.

Increase heat to high, slowly and carefully adding bourbon and honey.

Bring to a boil, stirring often (about 3 to 5 minutes).

Add balsamic vinegar and continue to boil for about 4 minutes.

Add bacon and reduce heat to low.

Simmer for 10-15 minutes until the mixture thickens and starts to resemble jam.

Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Aunt Sue's Pro Recipe Tip: For every 1 cup of sugar, substitute 1/2 to 2/3 cup honey.
Aunt Sue's Pro Recipe Tip: For every 1 cup of sugar, substitute 1/2 to 2/3 cup honey.