How to Make Bacon Jam
Bacon jam is a recipe that many people can enjoy greatly, due to the rich and delicious flavors that bacon jam offers. Indeed, for anyone who enjoys the flavor of good quality bacon, taking the time to make some bacon jam could be a great way to create a delicious snack or meal.
What Is Bacon Jam?
When a person typically thinks of jam, they normally think of some sort of fruit conserve. Jams are usually sweet and fragrant and this can make the thought of bacon jam sound a little unpleasant. Bacon jam just doesn’t seem like something that should exist, but it truly is a delicious ingredient that can enhance the flavors of any meat based dish or snack.
More specifically speaking, bacon jam is a term that is actually somewhat unrepresentative; in reality; bacon jam is actually a type of relish that is made with a little added sugar in order to make it an official jam product.
Homemade Bacon Jam Recipe
If you are looking to make your own homemade bacon jam, you should always follow a bacon jam recipe in order to give you the best possible results. A good homemade bacon jam recipe will be rich in flavor and have a strong and meaty flavor, which will help you to make sandwiches, crackers, and other such dishes delicious and highly delectable.
The first step in a bacon jam recipe should be to cook the bacon. Bacon should ideally be cooked in an oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit; place 1lb of bacon in a broiling pan and cook for around 15 to 20 minutes at this temperature, until the meat has browned and has begun to crisp up; this will largely depend on your personal preference for bacon, but the bacon should always be fully cooked through at this stage to the point that it does begin to crisp up for the best possible flavor from your bacon jam. At this point, you should cut the cooked bacon into small pieces—the ideal size for these pieces is approximately ¾ inches in size.
Next, you need to prepare the other ingredients for the bacon jam. Start by sautéing 2 chopped up, medium onions in the same frying pan that you just used to cook the bacon, ideally using the bacon fat as grease; if you have disposed of the bacon fat then oil can suffice as an alternative, but this will not give the same rich and wholesome flavor (so the meat juices should always be retained for the sautéing process if possible). Stir this mixture frequently on a medium-high heat for approximately ten minutes at this point, add in an additional 4 cloves of minced garlic and continue to sauté for another minute or two. By the time that this is finished, the onion should be fully translucent and easy to see through.
The next step is to add the rest of the ingredients—the cooked and chopped bacon pieces, ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar, 1 cup of strong coffee, and ½ cup of brown sugar—to the mixture. This should then be heated until the mixture is boiling, and then left to simmer on a medium low heat for an hour. The mixture will need stirring every ten minutes or so, until the liquids that have been released have been reduced down into a thick sauce.
At this point, you are probably wondering how on earth this concoction could become something that even remotely resembles jam. This is actually incredibly easy to do; to make your homemade bacon jam, the next thing that you need to do is blend the entire mixture in a food processor, to break up the larger pieces and create a paste.
This paste is your very own homemade bacon jam/bacon relish, and will likely have a slightly chunky texture still; don’t worry about this, as it all adds flavor and texture to the final bacon relish. Bacon relish should not be entirely smooth; instead, this somewhat rough texture is just how you want it!
Storing and Using Your Bacon Relish
Your homemade bacon relish can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks in a refrigerator if you can resist eating it all of your bacon relish in one goes, that is!
Bacon jam is most commonly used to spread on bread for sandwiches or on crackers. Some people also like using it with pasta or scrambled eggs, as well. The possibilities are almost endless!