- 1 1/2 lb
- sliced bacon, cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
- medium yellow onions, cut into smallish dice
- 3 clove
- garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
- 3/4 c
- strongly brewed coffee
- 1/2 c
- cider vinegar
- 1/2 c
- packed dark brown sugar, or less to taste
- 1/4 c
- maple syrup (the real deal, please)
How to Make Bacon Jam
- 2Pour off all but 1 tablespoon drippings from the skillet and reserve for another use. Add the onions and garlic to the skillet and cook until the onions are translucent, about 6 minutes. Add the coffee, vinegar, brown sugar, and maple syrup and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring and scraping up any browned bits from the skillet, for 2 minutes. Add the bacon and stir to combine.
- 3If making this on a stove top, reduce the heat to a bare simmer and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the liquid almost completely evaporates and turns syrupy, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
If making this in a slow-cooker, transfer the mixture to a 6-quart slow-cooker and cook on high, uncovered, until the liquid almost completely evaporates and turns syrupy, 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
- 4Let the bacon concoction cool slightly before transferring it to a food processor and pulsing until coarsely chopped. Spoon the bacon lusciousness into individual jars or other resealable containers and refrigerate for up to 4 weeks. Transfer to a pan and rewarm gently over low heat prior to indulging.