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Gentleman’s Whiskey Bacon Jam

You can slather this smoky bacon jam on pretty much anything. It lasts only a week in the fridge, so I freeze small amounts for a quick snack with crackers. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    3 cups

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds thick-sliced bacon strips, finely chopped
  • 8 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup whiskey
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Discard all but 2 tablespoons drippings. Add shallots and onion to the drippings; cook over medium heat until caramelized, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in garlic; cook 30 seconds. Add seasonings. Remove from heat; stir in whiskey and maple syrup. Increase heat to high; bring to a boil and cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add vinegar and brown sugar; cook another 3 minutes, continuing to stir constantly.
  • Add crumbled bacon; reduce heat to low and cook 12 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Allow jam to cool slightly. Pulse half the jam in a food processor until smooth; stir puree into remaining jam. Serve with assorted crackers.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Make prep easier by freezing the bacon (it helps to cut it into chunks first) and then pulsing it in the food processor until finely chopped.
  • Step up your grilled cheese game! Add smoky and sweet notes with a few tablespoons of this jam.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    2 tablespoons: 112 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 118mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.