Take your food to the next level with this Sweet and Smoky Bacon Jam. I mean, who doesn’t LOVE bacon?!? This is sure to be a crowd pleaser and if it’s not, kick them out!
• 1 pound Chopped Bacon
• 2 Medium Onions, finely chopped
• 1/3 cup Black Coffee
• 1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
• 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
• 3 cloves Garlic, minced
• 1 tsp Fresh Thyme
• 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
• 3/4 tsp Black Pepper
• 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper, or to taste, optional
• Sea salt, to taste
• Crostini, assorted cheeses, and crackers, to serve
Cook bacon in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat until the bacon is crispy and the rendered fat begins to foam, about 10 minutes.
Transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined baking sheet and discard all but about 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat. – **Don’t throw away your bacon fat – put it in a container, refrigerate it and use it whenever you’re making eggs or vegetables or whatever else you’re frying up. Bacon grease is good to cook with and it adds a nice flavor to the food!**
Return the skillet to medium heat and pour over the onions. Cook until soft and beginning to brown, about 10 minutes.
Add in the brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, coffee, garlic, thyme, smoked paprika, black pepper, and cayenne pepper– if using. Stir and cook until the mixture is a warm brown and somewhat thickened, about 5 minutes.
Finely chop the bacon. Then add the bacon back to the onion mixture and continue to cook until the mixture is dark reddish-brown and is jam-like in consistency, about 10 more minutes. If the mixture dries out as it cooks, add a couple of tablespoons of water at a time, as needed. Taste and season with kosher salt and adjust seasonings, as desired.
Remove from heat. If too chunky or not jam-like, pulse briefly in a food processor or blender or emersion blender. Transfer to a large bowl or jar, garnish with a sprig of thyme, and serve at room temperature with crostini, assorted cheeses, and crackers.
Here’s the recipe, from https://hostthetoast.com/sweet-smoky-bacon-jam/