Step 1: The Bacons and Friends
All three of the following recipes started with the same base recipe:
- 1 lb bacon, cooked* and chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 cup strongly brewed coffee
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
Step 2: Variations
Next I added the remaining ingredients to make the three different variations, so choose your favorite!
Each variation included the following additions.
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons hot sauce
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1-4 chipotle peppers (packed in adobo sauce)
- 2 teaspoons adobo sauce
- 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder
- Ground pepper to taste
The pots were then brought to a boil and reduced to a simmer to stew over low heat for up to 4 hours, stirring every 30 minutes or so, until reduced.
The first variation reduced to a really thick type of sludge, the others were more liquidy. I wish there were a word for sludge that has a positive spin to it, as this was my favorite of all three. Reduce the jam to whatever viscosity of sludge you prefer!
Blend in a food processor until combined but still chunky. Too much blending at this point will make the resulting jam really gooey in a less-than-pleasant kind of way. Plus it's nice to be able to see what you're eating.
Step 3: Taste!
Everyone had a different favorite, and all were appreciated. I guess the lesson to be learned from this is:
You can't go wrong with bacon jam!