Bourbon bacon jam is a salty-sweet spread with big bacon flavor that’s perfect for an appetizer with some cheese and crackers or on burgers or sandwiches or in salad dressings or soups!
It's been a strange week of ups and downs.
Got some good news (J was evaluated for speech therapy and found to be A-OK and right on track for a 3-year-old), some bad news (a close family member is sick), had 3x as much work going on at my day job but also had a fun girls night out with some other mamas at J's preschool, have half of my house packed into the other half of my house (hardwood floors being refinished this weekend), and hubby and I are packing up for a little weekend getaway, just us.
(We're headed to D.C. to visit some friends and I'm SO excited!)
But needless to say, I'm a little out of sorts and you know what? That kinda goes with today's recipe.
This is a little different than my normal healthy, easy family food fare, but you guys, I have literally had this bourbon bacon jam on my “to make” list for AGES.
Seriously, I have a post-it note that I move in my planner from week to week of things I need to make beyond our regular dinners. Like, if we’re almost out of whole wheat pumpkin muffins or spinach banana mini-muffins for the kids, I’ll write that down. Or if I need to do another double batch of my easy whole wheat cinnamon raisin bread for the kids’ breakfast, that’ll go on the list.
Other times, I’ll have a recipe I’m just dying to test and it’ll go on the list so I don’t forget. My memory these days is the WORST!
And this bourbon bacon jam? It got written on the post-it note every week. And not made. Then written on the next week’s post-it note. And neglected once again.
(And y’all know it’s not because I didn’t have any bourbon in the house! #bourbonlover 🥃)
Poor bourbon bacon jam, I’m sorry I ignored you for so long.
But you were worth the wait and then some! 😍
This bacon jam has such a deep, smoky flavor, a nice hint of sweetness (hence the jam) that’s balanced by the acids. And my version gets some serious background flavor from the bourbon, Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Seriously delicious friends! 🙌
Notes on making bourbon bacon jam:
- You gotta cook a lot of bacon for this recipe. The whole 1-pound pack. I used two pans to make this go faster because you only need two tablespoons of the bacon grease for the recipe, which you’ll definitely have in one of the pans by itself.
- As always, I prefer to use thick-cut bacon but you could substitute your favorite kind.
- You might think there’s way too much onion and shallot in this recipe, but I promise it cooks down and practically melts into the recipe by the time it’s done cooking.
- I used just maple syrup cause I do like naturally sweetened best. You can add some brown sugar if you would like through, as it’s pretty traditional to have both in most bacon jam recipes. (Either replace ¼ of the maple syrup and add ¼ cup brown sugar or add an additional ¼ cup sugar to this recipe to sweeten it up more.)
- You can also add ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper to spice this up a little - I plan to do that next time!
Serving ideas for bourbon bacon jam:
- Spoon it on top of some burgers or even grilled chicken.
- Serve on its own with crackers or a baguette or pair with cheese — and pimiento cheese for an extra decadent, Southern twist!(Or combine both of those and serve it on top of my easy pimiento cheese crackers!)
- Also would be yummy with slow roasted cherry tomatoes on a baguette for a massively flavorful crostini bite.
- You could also spoon this on top of my easy microwave baked brie. 👍
- I love bacon and sweet potatoes together, and I think I’m gonna have to try this on my sweet potato toast. Breakfast deliciousness!
- It would also be good as part of a dressing for a spinach salad, part of a turkey sandwich or grilled cheese, with poached or fried eggs and an English muffin, as a garnish for soup, with pasta and sauce, and on and on.
So put this on your list and do better than me and actually make it before 3 more months go by.
In fact, it’d be great for all the March Madness games coming up! Perfect guy food for a crowd and for game watching. 👍
Have a wonderful weekend and happy cooking!
- 1 pound thick-cut bacon, cut in half
- 1 large sweet onion, finely diced
- 1 large shallot, finely diced
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup bourbon
- ¼ cup water
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Working in batches, cook the bacon in a large pan over medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon to paper towels to absorb the extra grease and drain all but 2 tablespoons of bacon grease from the pan.
- Return the pan to medium heat and add onions and shallot. Sauté until tender, about 4-5 minutes.
- Add the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil then cook over medium for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Crumble the reserved bacon (or chop it) and add to the pan. I like to reserve a couple of tablespoons of bacon pieces for serving, but that’s not necessary.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and cook another 10-15 minutes, until the mixture is syrupy and thickened, stirring occasionally.
- Let cool then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
If you want your bacon jam to be smoother, you can transfer the cooled mixture to a food processor and pulse it until it’s more combined. I happen to like the bigger bacon chunks in mine.
Bacon jam will keep stored in the refrigerator for up to a month.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 351Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 1013mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 20g