Apple Bacon Jam

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I am not a very good follower of Instagram. I am mostly a pinner (Pinterest). Which is why I couldn’t believe I had missed the Bacon Jam movement. Not sure if it is really a movement or probably more like the new flavor craze. Anyway, I knew nothing about it until a good friend of mine posted on IG that she had it at a wedding. It was a rare moment that I checked my Instagram to find her post and then immediately hopped over to Pinterest to search for a recipe. There were so many different ones. Which one should I chose? Some had bourbon and coffee in the recipe and some had neither of those. Some had just a few ingredients and some got rather lengthy. When it came time for me to try it out, I assessed what I already had in the kitchen. I finally settled on a recipe by Martha Stewart right here. Her recipe seemed to have the closest of my ingredients that I had on hand plus I did not really want to add coffee. I thought the spices that she had in her recipe seemed odd, but perhaps it was just what the recipe needed sans coffee. Her recipe called for shallots and bourbon. I did not have those things. What I did have was a bag of yellow onions that were longing to be chopped.

Bacon Jam
Bacon jam and toast

Due to a Whiskey Flight night party my husband had last week, I had a pantry full of whiskey that each of his friends had brought over. I wondered if the bourbon could be swapped for whiskey. I understand why the bourbon is in the recipe. I knew that it was because of the flavor it produces especially in dishes with bacon. So I looked to find which whiskey might work with this dish. Could I have just gone to the store and bought bourbon? Yeah I could’ve but I guess a part of me was curious to make something a little different–to experiment a little. My eyes landed on the Crown Royal Apple. Neither my husband nor I drink Crown Royal. A friend of his brought it over for us to try. It smelled as delicious as apple jolly rancher. I am not a Crown Royal drinker and the apple flavor was no exception. Though I recall it having a sweetness to it. So I thought “hmmm, perhaps Apple bacon jam might be good!”. I was very unsure of how this would go. I had gotten 2 pounds of bacon on sale. Even though Martha’s recipe called for 1 ½ lbs, I just threw it all in the pot. I followed Martha’s directions but added or omitted items I did not have. So you can go by Martha or see my directions here. I took pictures as I went along but probably missed a few shots as I got into the cooking. I did not use any fancy bacon or even thick cut.

This can be served on hamburgers, crackers or whatever you like to eat jam with. I had it on small baguettes for a party, but I probably won’t eat it like that again, especially since I had it the next morning on my spinach and egg white english muffin! it tasted delicious! Just like a egg mcmuffin with jam and bacon! Yum!

*I have heard that there is a Crown Royal Maple, I imagine this would be just as delicious! So if you got it, try it and tell me how it turns out!

 

 

Ingredients

2 pounds of bacon, cut into one inch pieces with kitchen shears

2 onions, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp chili powder

½ tsp ground ginger

½ tsp ground mustard

½ c crown royal apple

¼ c maple syrup

⅓ c apple cider vinegar

⅓ c brown sugar

 

  

 

Directions

  1. Place bacon pieces into a skillet or non-stick pot ( I used a 4 quart pot)
  2. cook bacon until all pieces are crispy, stirring often to make sure all pieces have a chance to brown ( depending on your type of bacon this could take 15-23 minutes)
  3. after bacon is crisp, turn off heat and use a slotted spoon to transfer bacon a paper towel
  4. drain bacon grease, leaving only about a tablespoon in the pan
  5. turn pan to medium heat and add onion and garlic, cooking until translucent
  6. add spices and stir
  7. increase heat to high, add in crown royal and maple syrup and bring to a boil
  8. carefully add vinegar and brown sugar and return to a boil
  9. once boiling bring down to low heat and add back bacon pieces; simmer and stir occasionally until it turns into a thick glaze ( mine never really turned into that thick of a glaze, i just took it off the heat after about 10 minutes)
  10. you can food process the mixture for chunky jam consistency or leave it as is. I decided to food process mine for about 3 seconds. Then put into a container of your choosing, preferably glass since it will be hot. Let cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

 

 

 

 

Tags: Bacon, Bacon Jam, Crown Royal Apple, Jam, Martha Stewart, Recipe

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