In the picture below you will see that I cut the bacon into ~1-inch pieces before cooking it. This worked fine but you can also cook the bacon as whole slices if you prefer.
I decided on frying the bacon in a 10-inch iron skillet since I wanted it to be somewhere between soft and crispy.
The end result works best if it is firm but not crispy. Remember that bacon keeps cooking for minute or two when you remove it from the pan.
When the bacon is finished cooking, remove all but a couple of tablespoons of the bacon grease from the pan.
To do while the bacon is cooking:
Dicing an onion creates nice and neat little cubes while chopping creates various, irregular shapes of onion. I like the texture variation of chopping the onion for this recipe but if you prefer it to be a little more consistent, dicing is the way to go.
I used an onion that was somewhere between medium and large.. not quite a softball, but close.
Yellow onions are nice and sweet and they caramelize up really well but, if you have a large bag of red or white onions that need to be used up, that will work just fine as well.
Remember that skillet that we used to fry the bacon and then we left a couple of tablespoons of bacon grease in it?
Add the onions and minced garlic to that skillet over medium high heat.
Also add the 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes so the heat from that can go ahead and start transferring into the mix.
Let this mixture cook, stirring occasionally until the onions are caramelized well and soft.
When they are done, leave them in the pan but set them aside.
To do while the onion/garlic is cooking:
Grab a large, sharp knife and with the bacon piled up on a cutting board, commence to chopping it into smaller pieces. This will end up giving you a pile of various sized pieces of bacon ranging from crumbs to ¼ inch pieces.
If you prefer the bacon pieces to be more consistent, you can stack it up and cut it into more evenly sized pieces.
Place that pan of sautéed onions and garlic over low heat and add the bacon, brown sugar, Jeff's original rub (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub), maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, brewed coffee and Jeff's barbecue sauce (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled sauce).
Combine the ingredients really well.
Let the mixture simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the liquid reduces to a thick, syrupy jam.
You'll know it's done when you can drag a spoon through it and the jam stays in place for a few seconds before trying to come back together again.
How much do I love bacon jam? Let me count the ways!
Great on anything or sneak a bite here and there when you need a good smile.
It's great on:
- Stuffed into other meat
- On a cheese tray