Can I Make this Bacon Jam?
I'm a big fan of bacon. Everything is better with bacon. I saw this Bacon Jam video on Tasty and I had to try try it. I'm here to tell you that fortunately, bacon jam is not as gluttonous as it sounds. The primary ingredients are bacon, onions, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar. In their version, they also added honey and spices.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019: Attempt #1
They started with 1 lb. of bacon. I only used 1/4 lb. (4 slices) and mostly decreased the rest of the recipe accordingly. I made a smaller batch so that I could make some candied bacon with the rest of the package, which I will cook and write about later. Stay tuned. :)
In the video, the basic steps are:
1.) You cut the bacon into small pieces and cook it; then, take out the bacon.
2.) Caramelize the chopped onions in the bacon fat (~70-80 minutes).
3.) Add brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, honey and spices to the onions.
4.) Add the bacon back into the onion mixture and cook together for awhile.
5.) Pour everything into a blender and blend.
As I mentioned, I wanted to make a smaller batch. I started with ~1/4 lb. bacon or 4 slices. I didn't have all the spices and I didn't use honey because I didn't have any around. Because I didn't have the honey, I added a little more brown sugar, than what would have been calculated by dividing the recipe by 4.
Ingredients I used:
- Bacon (1/4 lb. or 4 slices)
- Pre-cut onions (Maybe it was 1/2 lb. to 3/4 lb; I wasn't too exact.)
- Brown sugar (1/4 lb., which is 4 tablespoons)
- Apple cider vinegar (3 tablespoons)
It seems like a lot of onions, but onions cook down a lot.
Instead of starting by cooking the bacon as in the video, I started by cooking the onions in a little oil because the onions take longer to cook. I didn't watch them too closely; I put the burner on low-medium to medium and left it on for at least 1 hour, maybe 70-80 minutes like in the video. I took the onions out.
Then I cooked the bacon (which I had cut into small pieces) on low-medium to medium. You do not want the burner too high. For this recipe, you do not want your bacon to be crispy; you want it to be soft. Also, since you are using small pieces and mixing it together, you do not need to buy the most expensive bacon. A thicker bacon that has more fat than meat works best.
After the bacon was cooked, I added in the brown sugar and apple cider vinegar and cooked it all together for awhile (~10 min.). Then I added the caramelized onions back to pan.
In the video, they use a blender. I do not have a blender. I went a little rogue here. I used an electric mixer to blend the mixture together in the cast iron pan. I thought it would be fine since cast iron pans are sturdy. To do this, I used the electric mixer in my left-hand (I'm left-handed) and held a pot lid in my right hand to try to block any pieces from flying everywhere. I couldn't take a photo of this since I was using both hands. :)
RESULT: Mostly a success. :)
We are good at this! It tasted good! Bacon-y with sweetness from the brown sugar and onions. I like bacon on its own for the saltiness, but it is really good with a touch of sweetness too. I caramelized the onions and the entire mixture after the brown sugar was added a little too much because I didn't watch it closely. It's a little brown. The electric mixer worked okay, but a blender probably would have worked better. :) I may buy a blender. Next time, I'll watch it a little more closely, so it's not as dark brown.
I already ate the bacon jam on a bleu cheeseburger (photo at the bottom of the post) and I plan to use it on meatloaf or just eat it by the spoonful. Haha. :)
Back to it's not as gluttonous as it sounds, I already ate 1/4 of the bacon jam I made:
~70-75 calories. Not bad. :)
(1 piece of bacon and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, with onions and vinegar, which pretty much have no calories.)
See associated posts for more info:
- Ground Beef: add link
- Cheeseburger on a Stove: https://www.wearegoodatthis.com/post/easy-7-minute-cheeseburger-on-the-stove-like-a-diner