My first reaction was "Bacon jam?! EWWWWWWWW!!!!!" I couldn't imagine this in my fridge at all. Not because I don't like bacon, but because, come on, really now, bacon jam????? There are just some places one doesn't need to go.
Then the next couple of days passed and I couldn't get it out of my mind. It was so...different. I began to think..."Bacon jam??" The ingredients are similar to that of a good barbecue sauce; onions, garlic, brown sugar, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and coffee. I won't bother trying something I'm skeptical of if I can't come up with at least four different ways of using it. Otherwise the chances of it going bad in the fridge are too high to bother. The one exception to this is if I will just eat it by the spoonful. So I started to come up with applications. Obviously anything having to do with breakfast would work. Mix it in with eggs, spread it on toast, put it on pancakes in place of butter and then pour maple syrup on top. But how about other times of the day? I thought it would be good on meatloaf, or mixed in with hamburger patties, I bet it could work in a meat ball too. Perhaps even on toast with some mayo and tomato and lettuce...like an impromtu BLT. The one thing I always hate about preparing bacon is the mess it makes while you are cooking it. This recipe however had the possibility to bypass that problem by only creating that greasy mess once.
So it was decided...Bacon jam. I gathered all the ingredients together and set to work. I'm hesitant to post the recipe here because I worry about copyright issues. Everyday Food has not posted it on their website yet. So I would suggest going out and getting a copy of the 2010 December issue of Everyday Food. It's a great magazine to have on hand. You can also find it on Stirring The Pot (another blog) http://mykentuckyhome-kim.blogspot.com/2010/11/slow-cooker-bacon-jam.html
The process to making the jam is easy and most of the cooking takes place in a slow cooker. This made the house smell like a wonderful bacon feast all day long. I went out to run an errand and smelled it outside the door before I walked back in. I chose to only make a half portion since I was just testing it. When it was done I split it into small Tupperware containers and froze half of it for later.
The verdict??? Bacon jam!!!! If you like bacon you should try it. It's reeeaaallllly good. You can think of it like barbecue sauce or ketchup and just use it like that. I bet it would be phenomenal in a baked potato. The first half is almost gone and I made it yesterday. So yeah, bacon jam. Who'd a thunk it?