Bacon is My Jam

January 3, 2013

in crockpot recipe, recipe, snacks

When Erin asked what she could bring to the New Years brunch, I replied, “Meat!”

She took it literally.

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Obviously there was enough food, so the bacon wasn’t necessary. We also had plenty of coffee leftover, so I decided to make Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker Bacon Jam, discovered on Reeni’s blog.

FYI – this is my first time making bacon. Ever. As you know, I’m married to a vegetarian so I never cook meat. This guy was REALLY interested.

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Precautionary measures…I was so nervous!!!

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Couldn’t even get it open correctly…

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…sliced the entire pound still in its package, so as not to contaminate the cutting boards.

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FYI, if you’re totally clueless like me – you just shove the whole thing in a dry skillet…

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…no oil/butter/nonstick surface needed – let it fry in its own fat.

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About 10 minutes on medium high, you get crispy bacon! Drain it on a plate lined with paper towels…

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…and save that leftover grease – now sitting in my fridge, wondering what it’s doing surrounded by miso paste and Ume Plum Vinegar.

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Chop up 2 red onions…

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…and sautee for about 5-7 minutes with garlic in the residual bacon drippings.

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When those are translucent, add 1/2 cup cider vinegar, 3/4 cups coffee, 1/2 cup brown sugar (I dissolved it in the brew)…

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…and about 1/4 cup honey.

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Bring the whole thing to a boil, using a spoon to scrape up all the browned up bits…

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…then add the bacon, remove from heat…

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…and transfer to a crock pot.

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Let it cook on high – uncovered – for 3.5 – 4 hours. I had breakfast and ran errands…

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…when I returned, the house smelled heavenly. (Well, Abe probably wouldn’t think so.)

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Puree in a blender till smooth…

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…I put aside a few jars as gifts for my fellow meat-eaters…

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…and enjoyed a taste test with my homemade pita chips.

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I apologize to my vegan readers…this stuff is incredible.

Bacon and Onion Jam

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of bacon
  • 2 red onions
  • Heaping tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey

Instructions

Slice the bacon and place in a skillet. Fry for 10-15 minutes until brown and crispy over medium high heat. Place the meat on a plate lined with paper towels. Drain the fat.

Chop up two red onions and sautee for about 5-7 minutes with garlic in the residual bacon drippings.

When those are translucent, add 1/2 cup cider vinegar, 3/4 cups coffee, 1/2 cup brown sugar (I dissolved it in the brew) and about 1/4 cup honey.

Bring the whole thing to a boil, using a spoon to scrape up all the browned up bits, then add the bacon, remove from heat, and transfer to a crock pot.

Let it cook on high – uncovered – for 3.5 – 4 hours. Puree in a blender till smooth. Let cool before canning.

{ 12 comments }

1 Tamara January 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm

This looks great, Lynn! Can you think of a good sub for the coffee? I don’t do caffeine in any way, shape, or form. Thanks for sharing!

2 Lynn @ The Actor's Diet January 3, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Hmmm. Maybe a decaf “robust” tea or something non caffeinated coffee-ish like teeccino???

3 KaraHadley January 3, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Yup. Totally making this. Next time I have a pound of bacon to spare, which is rare. I eat so much bacon.

4 Mavreen January 3, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Mouth watering….. Bookmarking that recipe! Thanks!

5 Cindy January 3, 2013 at 6:17 pm

OH MY BACON!

6 purelymichelle January 3, 2013 at 7:05 pm

I just started eating bacon again, this sounds wonderful

7 elise January 3, 2013 at 8:42 pm

ive never had real bacon and i dont like red onions so im not too offended. :P
if you say its good, then im glad you get my share.

8 Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) January 3, 2013 at 10:05 pm

I will be making this. Likely tomorrow :-)

What else do you suggest serving it on/with?

9 Lynn @ The Actor's Diet January 3, 2013 at 10:59 pm

I think it would go well with anything, even a shoe!!!

10 Jenny Darling January 4, 2013 at 4:47 am

Ah! Love this post. Seriously, nothing is better than Bacon. Well, except for this minor detail: http://healthydarling.com/2012/12/tainted-pork-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria-fecal-contamination-salmonella-more/.

11 Cinnamon Girl Recipes January 10, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Thanks for making the jam! I love your comment down below about eating it with a shoe! Haha. It does have that ability. How cool is it that it's your first time cooking bacon! I hope it won't be your last.

12 Lynn @ The Actor's Diet January 10, 2013 at 11:13 pm

I hope so too – I want to make some of your recipes!

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