Crockpot Recipe: Bacon is My Jam

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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Crockpot 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
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Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Chop up two red onions and sautee for about 5-7 minutes with garlic in the residual bacon drippings.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Let it cook on high - uncovered - for 3.5 - 4 hours. Puree in a blender till smooth. Let cool before canning.
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I apologize to my vegan readers…this stuff is incredible.

12 thoughts on “Crockpot Recipe: Bacon is My Jam

  1. Tamara

    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. elise

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

  3. Cinnamon Girl Recipes

    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.

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