Beer, Bacon & Onion Jam
Bacon's easily the star of any breakfast plate or burger-top. It's almost indescribable how delicious it can be. Typically best served at the very moment it's cool enough to pick up and eat for a super crunchy surge of umami, it's understandable to not get too adventurous with your bacon-eating habits. But imagine a spreadable, picnic-ready jam made with loads of bacon, beer, brown sugar, caramelized onions and a few other simple ingredients, and you have our Beer, Bacon & Onion Jam. And with this recipe, you may never look at a cheese plate or any meal in need of condiments the same way again.
What You Need
- 1 lb bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 4 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
- 1 bottle (12 ounces) porter or stout (we love our Chocolate Maple Porter or Oatmeal Stout)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
What You Do
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook bacon (stirring frequently to separate) until browned, about 12 minutes
- Using a slotted spoon remove bacon from pan and set aside, pour off all but 2 tablespoons bacon dripping
- Over medium-high heat, cook onions garlic and cayenne in bacon drippings, stirring frequently, until onions are soft and translucent, about 10 minutes
- Add beer, maple syrup, brown sugar and reserved bacon to the skillet and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and let cook for 10 minutes or until beer has formed a syrup
- Transfer onion mixture to a food processor and pulse until it has the consistency of a chunky jam. Refrigerate in an air-tight container and use within two weeks. Slather on sandwiches and burgers. Enjoy!
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