Jam, Jam, BACON JAM!
Ok, can you see how excited I am about this Crockpot Thursday? Bacon Jam is so wonderful, I just can’t understand why I was so afraid to try it before! It is SO simple to make. You can just whip it up, one afternoon when you have nothing else in your slow-cooker. It’s supposed to last for up to 3 weeks in your fridge, but I’m not thinking it will hang around that long.
Bacon Jam, The Recipe ~
- 2-3 lbs. bacon cut into small pieces
- 2-3 medium-sized onions, chopped (I use Vidalia for sweetness!)
- 3-4 cloves minced garlic
- ½ Cup brown sugar
- ½ Cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 Cup brewed coffee
- ¼ Cup maple syrup
- ¼ Bourbon (or Sugarlands Shine Maple Bacon Flavor Moonshine!)*Optional! You can add water instead
- *Optional - Tabasco or other hot sauce according to personal taste
- Fry up your bacon in a skillet, just until it starts to crisp. Transfer to a plate to cool a little.
- Fry up the onion and garlic in the rendered bacon fat, until soft and translucent.
- Transfer the bacon, onion and garlic to your slow-cooker.
- Add all the other ingredients, stir and spread evenly across the bottom.
- Cook on high, uncovered for 3-5 hours, stirring occasionally to cook evenly.
- When it's thick and syrupy, let it cool a little, and use an immersion blender (or food processor) until it's easy to spread, but still a little lumpy.
- This will keep in your fridge for about 3 weeks, but it never lasts that long for us. The fat gets hard in the fridge, but a quick zap in the microwave (30 seconds & stir!) will bring it back to spreading consistency.
Sugarlands Distilling Company
See? Easy Peasy! I don’t know why I wasn’t making this way before now. So, now let me tell you about my secret ingredient, Sugarlands Shine Maple Bacon Moonshine from Sugarlands Distilling. When Trista told me about this product coming for the Holiday Gift Guide, I knew it would be great for Bacon Jam. I can hear a lot of people out there screaming about me having alcoholic beverages in my home. I like using alcoholic beverages for cooking, because they help my recipes have even better flavor. Alcohol helps meat break down a little and helps cuts that would normally be tough, become oh-so-tender. That is why I use alcohol in many entree slow-cooker recipes.
Now, I want to tell you a little more about the Sugarlands Distilling Company. They are located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. You really need to check out the website, because the history of the place is so very interesting. The moonshine and whiskey made there are wonderful for your recipes. I did try a little sip of the Maple Bacon Moonshine Sugarlands Shine, and it does have a sweet Maple Bacon flavor. It’s that amazing flavor that makes this Bacon Jam the BEST!
Does your family love bacon? What is their favorite bacon recipe?