Too much bacon. Is there such a thing? I’ll go with yes, as this cured and salted pork deliciousness is everywhere. Every. Where. While much of what you’ll find is amazing (bacon chocolate? bacon waffles? bacon ice cream? bacon bourbon? I say yes times four.), there are some combinations that just seem wrong. (Talking to you bacon bubble gum, bacon bikini, bacon band-aids.)
That said, I hopped on the bacon bandwagon today after reading Words Become Superfluous. Amb’s mention of bacon (dipped in chocolate!) inspired me to tackle a project that’s long been on my to-do list.
I’d first seen bacon jam on a Cooking Channel show featuring Skillet Street Food, one of Seattle’s many phenomenal food trucks. Though I considered purchasing via mail order, it seemed spendy and I figured I could make it myself. It’s been over a year since then and recent mentions of bacon jam in articles I’ve read brought it all back.
Knowing I wanted bourbon in my bacon jam, I hunted down this recipe. Save the bacon, which I wasted no time in buying, I had everything on hand. Putting the jam together was easy enough, though a longer process as there was plenty of measuring and simmering involved.
But all time spent was so worth it. I never dreamed I’d find a food I liked better than ice cream, but it seems Ben & Jerry’s has met its match. This bacon jam is out-of-this-world crazy good.
Spooning it straight from the jar is lovely, but spreading it on crackers, toast, bagels, waffles, etc gives it another layer of flavor and texture. I’d stir it into ice cream, use it to frost a cupcake (suggestion given in one of the articles I read and while I laughed when I read it, I can see now that it would totally work), dollop it on a baked potato, spread it on pizza crust. This is mighty fine jam and methinks you need a jar in your refrigerator, too.
My plan is to hold on to as much of the jam as possible for a get-together later this week. The jam will accompany DIY crackers, so am looking for recipes. (hint hint) If you can help me out here, please leave your recipe link in comments or circle back with a message at deLizious facebook. I hope to have a cracker story or two next week in this space. Until then, go get yourself a jar of bacon jam and a spoon and enjoy!