Bacon Jam

 Bacon jam is a versatile condiment that will add a pop of flavor to any dish.  It's perfect for spreading on toast, crackers, a burger and layering in grilled cheese sandwiches.  If you’re entertaining calls for a quick and easy appetizer, top crostini with a slice of Brie and bacon jam for a delightful treat.  During the holidays season it's an ideal condiment for your entertaining menu and for gift giving. Be sure to make an extra batch to send home with your guest as a party favor. They'll thank you.

The jam is ready when the liquid thickens to a syrup like consistency and coats the back of a spoon.

Bacon Jam

Servings: 2 cups

1  lb. sliced bacon

2 Tablespoons bacon drippings

4 cups yellow onions, diced

1/2 cup brewed coffee

3/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 1/2  cups dark brown sugar, packed

2 Tablespoons fresh garlic, minced

2 teaspoons chili powder

2 teaspoons dry ground mustard

1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves

1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

1. In a large skillet on medium heat, place bacon slices in a single layer and cook in batches until bacon is crisp and fat is rendered. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to cool. When cool enough to handle, finely chop the bacon and set aside.  Pour the rendered fat into a strainer placed over a bowl.  Clean the skillet.

2. Return the skillet to medium heat, and add 2 Tablespoons of bacon fat and onions.  Cook until the onions are translucent, 8-10 minutes.  

3. Add coffee, vinegar, syrup, brown sugar, garlic, chili powder, mustard, thyme and black pepper.  Bring to a boil and let boil for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.  

4. Add the chopped bacon and reduce to a simmer.  Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid reduces to a syrup like consistency, 55-60 minutes.   Pour into airtight container, and store in the refrigerator up to 4 weeks.