Smoky back bacon, red onions, Canadian maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce are slow-cooked to perfection to make the most delicious, sticky, multi-purpose bacon jam recipe. Make it, you’ll be glad you did.
That time I got lassoed…
I was only 19 and living in Banff, Alberta, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Canada. My (then) boyfriend and I had just broken up. We’d just had a huge row and I’d stormed out of the house in a rage to walk it off. Not even a minute later, as I stomped down the street thundercloud crashing above my head, I found myself abruptly halted with a lasso around my ankle.
You see, the annual Calgary Stampede was on that weekend. There wasn’t enough room in the city to house the influx of cowboys and rodeo participants, so many of them were staying in nearby Banff.
I looked up from my confines to meet the gaze of a rather young and handsome cowboy with his suede cowboy hat, blue jeans and oversized belt buckle.
I glared at him, wordlessly, as I lifted my ankle to have the lasso removed.
The poor lad was so apologetic, quickly removing the rope and letting me continue on my rage-stomp down the road. If I could go back in time and apologise to him I would.
Talk about missed opportunities!
Crumpets and candied bacon
What has that got to do with crumpets, you might wonder (and rightly so!).
I love crumpets, especially toasted and eaten warm with lashings of butter and some strawberry jam.
That’s not nearly quirky enough a recipe to blog about, so I set to thinking: maple syrup and bacon would work well on a crumpet, wouldn’t it? How could I serve it – grill the bacon so that it’s gorgeously crispy and pile it up like a tower and drizzle in maple syrup?
What about candied bacon?
Candied bacon….. Mmmmm! Bacon candied made with maple syrup…
Then, as I went for my daily hill walk, inspiration struck: an easy bacon jam recipe! Bacon jam is a delicious condiment prepared by slow-cooking bacon with onions, a sweetener (brown sugar or maple syrup), vinegar and spices.
Avocado and a poached egg also go really well with bacon jam too, and so this delicious brunch idea was born.
What is bacon jam made of?
- 300 grams smoked back bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
- 80 ml Canadian maple syrup
- 3 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 80 ml water
- salt & pepper, to taste
How to make this bacon jam recipe
- Add your chopped bacon to a cold, dry pan and then heat over medium-high heat.
- Fry the bacon for 10-15 minutes, stirring often, until it starts to crisp up and brown.
- Lower the heat to medium and add the onions. Cook for a further 8-10 minutes until the onions begin to soften.
- Add the remaining ingredients and turn the heat down to low.
- Simmer for 30-45 minutes with the lid on, stirring occasionally, until it is thick and glossy. Add a little more water, if needed.
- Cool for 10 minutes and process to a coarse blend in a food processor or blender.
What can I use bacon jam for?
- toasted crumpet with smashed avocado and a poached egg
- on a baked potato with cheese (warmed up so it melts the cheese)
- serve on a beef burger
- spread it on toast
- add to it your grilled cheese sandwich
- panini with bacon jam and cheese
- try it as a ravioli filling
- quesadillas with bacon jam and cheese
- spoon it out of the jar and get it in you
- add a spoonful to your bolognese sauce
How long does bacon jam keep in the fridge?
- two weeks.
Bacon Jam Recipe
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- Add your chopped bacon to a cold, heavy-based pan and heat over medium-high heat.
- Fry the bacon for 10-15 minutes, until it begins to crisp and brown.
- Lower the heat to medium and add the onions. Saute gently for a further 8-10 minutes until they begin to soften.
- Add the remaining ingredients, season well, reduce heat to low and pop the lid on.
- Simmer for 35-45 minutes until the jam is thick and glossy.
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes before blending to a coarse spread in a high-speed blender or food processor.