Beer Bacon Jam Recipe
Bacon has always been a favorite on its own or in a recipe, but now you can spread it with Beer Bacon Jam!
The uses for Bacon Jam are practically endless. Here’s a few to get you started… Hamburgers, sandwiches, potato salad, asparagus, fresh tomatoes, grilled cheese, crackers and cheese, spinach salad, fresh garden peas, scrambled eggs, bagels and cream cheese… The list can go on and on.
Here’s all the details, courtesy of our own Chef Tim McDonald:
1 pound smoked bacon (chopped)
2 tbsp chopped garlic
1 medium onion diced
2 oz brown sugar
1 tsp crushed red chilis
1 cup of your favorite beer
1/4 cup maple syrup
Black pepper to taste
1. In a heavy based pot, fry the chopped bacon until lightly browned and beginning to crisp. Remove bacon and set aside.
2. Saute the onion and garlic in the rendered bacon and fat on medium heat until translucent.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 1 hour, or until reduced and thick.
4. Cool for about 15-20 minutes and then place in a food processor. Pulse to desired texture, but leave some texture to the “jam” (or you could keep whizzing and make it a smoother and more paste like).
5. Chill and serve in a couple hours.
Where to Buy?
Now, if you’d rather purchase your Bacon Jam, instead of making it yourself, we’ve got a good one for you! Tabor Tavern sells their famous Bacon Spread in a 6 oz jar.
More About Bacon
The term ‘bacon’ on its own generally refers to strip bacon from the belly meat of the pig, which is the most popular type of bacon sold in the US. The United States and Canada have seen an increase in the popularity of bacon and bacon related recipes. American bacons include varieties smoked with hickory and flavorings such as red pepper, maple, brown sugar, honey, molasses, and occasionally cinnamon. In a recent survey 65% of Americans would support bacon as their “national food.” (Source: Wikipedia)