Spread the Love with Bacon Jam

baconjam_headerBacon has become an incredibly popular product over the past several years. According to the National Pork Board, Americans consume almost 18 pounds of it per year. Here’s a creative way to give the gift of bacon during the holidays: with this delicious recipe for savory jam!

Makes 2 (8-oz.) jars


Ingredients:

  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 2 sweet yellow onions, sliced into thin ribbons
  • 1½ pounds bacon
  • ½ cup, plus 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat; add the onions, and cook slowly for 1 hour, stirring every 10 minutes or so.
  2. Cook bacon according to package instructions, and set aside on paper towels.
  3. Once the onions are a dark golden brown, deglaze the pan with 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, scraping the pan as the vinegar dissolves.
  4. Add the remaining ½ cup of balsamic vinegar, plus the brown sugar, salt, and pepper, and stir for 5 about minutes, until a nice glaze forms.
  5. Place the glaze into a food processor along with the bacon slices, and pulse until you have the jam consistency you want.
  6. Spread the jam on toast or crackers, and enjoy! Or you can store the jam in a jar, and give it as a gift soon after making it (as it’s good for up to 7 days in the refrigerator).

baconjam_printable1-300x225After you’ve made your recipe, add more joy to your jam jar with these printable labels.

Featuring various pithy lid options, in addition to a wraparound label for the jar itself, they’re sure to be appreciated by your gift recipient!