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.
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!