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Chef John's Bacon Jam

Rated as 4.62 out of 5 Stars
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"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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Ingredients

45 m servings 154
Original recipe yields 12 servings

Directions

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  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.

Footnotes

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  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 154 calories; 9.3 9.8 7.5 22 634 Full nutrition

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

Most helpful critical review

I use only the bacon grease to cook everything in and I pre-cut my Apple Wood smoked bacon before I fry it. I use Apple juice and apple cider vinegar instead of the Balsamic vinegar and I use Sh...

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

I use only the bacon grease to cook everything in and I pre-cut my Apple Wood smoked bacon before I fry it. I use Apple juice and apple cider vinegar instead of the Balsamic vinegar and I use Sh...

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

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!!!!

I tried this the first time and doubled the recipe to 3 pounds of bacon. I ended up with 2 1/2 pints. I gave most of it away but savored what I kept for myself because this stuff is pure gold! F...

This is wonderful! Thanks Chef John. I wouldn't even consider changing anything about this recipe.

I love the sweet-savory thing going on here, and also that it coordinates well with the rest of the burger trimmings. It is delicious!

I made just as the directions dictated and have been laid numerous times as a result at multiple parties!

Just made this for a Belmont party- what great flavor!! And a glass of champs is the perfect pairing.. The next day, I used the leftover bacon jam to make the best ever BLT sandwiches!