Bacon Jam is made by combining cooked bacon, caramelized onion, coffee, maple syrup, brown sugar, and slowing simmering it until it is jam-like! This bacon jam recipe is super simple to make and has so many uses!
The first time I had bacon jam was when I was living in Seattle at the end of grad school. I remember vowing to make it because it was so dang good and now, 12 years later, I'm finally posting about it! I've made it a few times and now I think I have finally perfected my recipe. This bacon jam is pure heaven and is so good you can eat it with a spoon! BUT there are so many other delicious things you can do with it..
Bacon jam is quite simple to make, but it does require a little hands on time. As one would say, it's putsy. To start, cut the bacon into small pieces. I estimated ¼"-½" pieces but it doesn't need to be exact. Once the bacon is cut, add it to a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook the bacon until it's cooked, but not super crispy. Remove the bacon, along with all but 2 tablespoon of bacon grease, from the skillet.
To the bacon grease, add the sliced onions. The onions should be quartered and then cut into slices. Cook the sliced onions for about 5-7 minutes, until they are slightly softened. Then add the brown sugar and mix well. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook the onions until they are caramelized, about 20 more minutes.
Once the onions are caramelized, add the remaining ingredients - maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, coffee, water, and salt. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook for about 20-25 more minutes, until the liquid has mostly evaporated and it's a thick jam-like consistency. you can use it immediately, or store it in a jar in your refrigerator! The bacon fat does solidify once it's refrigerated, so I like to put how much I'm going to use in a small bowl and microwave it for 20-30 seconds before I use it so it's warmed up.
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