How to make bacon jam

Oct 4, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. ET

Sweet and salty, bacon jam is the best thing to happen to food since bacon!

Bacon jam
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How to make bacon jam

Have you been saying you're not getting enough bacon in your life? Are you still looking for a "go with anything" condiment that really will go with anything? Are you ready for bacon jam?

Sure, it sounds crazy. When most people hear "jam," they think about toast or biscuits covered in a rich lather of sweet fruit spread, but jam can be so much more. For instance, this bacon jam is still a sweet spread, but it's salty, meaty and just a little bit spicy to go along with the sweetness you expect from a jam. Even better, it goes on the normal toast and biscuits like real jam, and it even works with fish, chicken, steaks, vegetables and just about everything else, too!

Ready to make it? Here's how!

Bacon jam recipe

Yields about 1 cup

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 16 strips bacon
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1-1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder

Directions:

  1. Pour oil into a skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the bacon and slowly cook out the fat.
  2. Once the bacon has cooked for about 10 minutes, drain the grease and remove the bacon.
  3. Finely chop the bacon and add it back to the skillet with the apple juice, sugar and raisins.
  4. Bring the juice to a boil, then add the black pepper and espresso powder.
  5. Stir to incorporate and remove the jam from the stove.
  6. Add as much or as little bacon grease for flavor as you want and chill.
  7. Serve when cold.

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