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Chef John's Bacon Jam

Chef John's Bacon Jam

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Chef John

This takes some time to make, and there is expert-level stirring involved, but what a small price when you consider the final results. Whether you do this for your Super Bowl® party or another festive occasion, I hope you give this amazing bacon jam a try soon.

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  • Calories:
  • 154 kcal
  • 8%
  • Fat:
  • 9.3 g
  • 14%
  • Carbs:
  • 9.8g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 7.5 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 22 mg
  • 7%
  • Sodium:
  • 634 mg
  • 25%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Place bacon in a large, heavy-bottomed pot and cook over medium heat until bacon is crispy and the rendered fat is foaming, about 10 minutes. Pour bacon and rendered fat into a strainer placed over a bowl to drain fat. When fat is drained and bacon is cool enough to handle, remove bacon to a cutting board and finely chop.
  2. Return pot to medium heat; drizzle 2 teaspoons reserved bacon fat and butter in pan. Saute onions and 1 teaspoon salt until soft and translucent, 7 to 10 minutes.
  3. Stir brown sugar, sherry vinegar, 1 teaspoon thyme leaves, black pepper, and cayenne into onion mixture; add bacon. Stir water into bacon mixture and cook until jam is a brick-brown bacon color and has a jam consistency, 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon thyme into jam; stir until shiny and heated through.
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Larry C
22
6/6/2014

this guy is a master. made it for promotion party. I remember how good it was don't remember who got promoted.

Lisa
18
6/6/2014

This is going on my to-do list, but I just have to say how much I enjoy Chef John's videos! He is my favorite food entertainment! Keep it rockin' Chef John! This recipe looks YUMMY!!!!

Sherillynn
14
7/9/2014

I won first place at the bacon competition at the fair so that makes it a 5 star recipe in my book!