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Bacon Jam

Postby trilobyte » Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:37 pm

Yes, this is a real and actual thing. And OMG it's amazingly good. While getting ready for the burn, one of my campmates mentioned that she was going to be making and bringing the stuff out. I'd never heard of it, but it had the word 'bacon' and the word 'jam' so I supported the plan on principle. In that wonderful way that playa plans work out serendipitously, the very next day I'm trying out this new food truck in SF whose gourmet menu is centered around bacon.. and while waiting in line they served me up a sample of bacon jam!

I think it's more of a chutney than a jam, per se. You can ask uncle Google what's in it, it had the consistency of a thick sauce/chutney, and just the right mix of bacon, sweet things (molasses, maybe even apple), and other stuff. Very magical. Much to my delight the food truck's offerings were awesome and I hit it off with the people behind it, and over the course of subsequent visits we talked about camping and my plans to get to the playa, and somewhere along the way they offered to make me a mason jar of the stuff to take to the playa.

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(scruffy Trilo with his jar of precious, er, bacon jam the day before leaving for the playa)

While you could use it as a sandwich spread or just eat it by itself with a spoon, we also found it worked great with breakfast potatoes. I pre-cook loads of home fries, and we found scooping some into the pan when heating in the morning kicked them up a few notches. We also had the luxury of a pizza oven, and later in the week crossed the threshold of bacon jam and prosciutto as a valid pizza topping. As a spread, it works great with grilled cheese or on a burger/dog, but can't wait to get my hands on more to try it with more dishes. If you also enjoy the wonders of bacon, this is definitely worth checking out.
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby BBadger » Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:32 pm

Frantically starts searching for recipes...
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby deutlich » Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:18 pm

:shock:

Right there with you.

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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby Elderberry » Fri Sep 16, 2011 3:25 pm

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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:01 pm

Trilo, Trilo, Trilo...
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby MOOP_Nazi » Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:49 pm

Bacon jam on FryBread!!!!! OMFG I think I just had a minor coronary!!! The possibilities!!!
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby tattoogoddess » Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:20 pm

Do we have a winner?


3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups smoked bacon (diced)
1/2 cup apple cider
3 tart green apples, peeled, cored and diced
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
Directions:

1 In a large saucepan, combine the vinegar, cider and brown sugar.
2 Cook over high heat until bubbly, stir the first 30 seconds to dissolve sugar.
3 Turn down heat to medium and continue to cook for 15 minutes. In a small skillet, cook the diced bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain bacon. Add bacon, apples and orange juice to the vinegar mixture.
4 Bring back to a boil and cook for 30 minutes more. Serve warm over waffles or pancakes, or scones.


or maybe one of these?

http://mymansbelly.com/2009/11/13/bacon ... some-love/

http://www.communalfire.com/bacon-chutn ... outh-love/
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby trilobyte » Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:05 am

Waffles, pancakes, and scones.... oh, the possibilities are endless!
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby Kontradiction » Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:23 pm

I'll be making some tyvm (<----kickass cook) to take this next year. :)
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby Kontradiction » Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:26 pm

tattoogoddess wrote:Do we have a winner?


3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups smoked bacon (diced)
1/2 cup apple cider
3 tart green apples, peeled, cored and diced
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
Directions:

1 In a large saucepan, combine the vinegar, cider and brown sugar.
2 Cook over high heat until bubbly, stir the first 30 seconds to dissolve sugar.
3 Turn down heat to medium and continue to cook for 15 minutes. In a small skillet, cook the diced bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain bacon. Add bacon, apples and orange juice to the vinegar mixture.
4 Bring back to a boil and cook for 30 minutes more. Serve warm over waffles or pancakes, or scones.


or maybe one of these?

http://mymansbelly.com/2009/11/13/bacon ... some-love/

http://www.communalfire.com/bacon-chutn ... outh-love/


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I like my man's belly recipe a bit better...I'm all about the saltymeatysmokiness paired with a maple-y, brown sugaresque "pairing"; i'll probably try studding mine with toffee chips (in advance to see if it works) because bacon and caramel is freaking INSANELY good together....I dare ya to try it...and Mr. Trilobyte, if it's tasty, I might hunt you down to share some with you. :)
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby bigdane » Tue Oct 18, 2011 6:06 pm

I have made this gift from the gods and it is wuunderbarr! I posted the recipe here if ya want but I honestly don't follow even my own recipes that closely...just sorta use it as a guide. It takes some patience but its a great thing to make on a rainy day while doing some laundry...guess I'll have to bring some to the playa...

Onion Bacon Jam
2 lg sweet onions sliced 1/8 in thin
5 strips good smoked bacon
12 seedless black grapes quartered
1 peach diced
1 T sweet white vinegar (apple or wht balsamic)
1 T brown sugar
1 cup orange juice
¼ cup coffee
2 sprigs thyme leaves
1 T adobo sauce
1/8 – ¼ cayenne pepper
1 T butter or bacon drippings

Preheat oven to 375F

Using a jelly roll tray, line it with foil, place the bacon on the foil, and then cook in your oven for 20-25 minutes at 375F, check in on the bacon around the 20 minute mark and pull it out if the fat has begun to dark and cook but not quite fully crisp. Chop into ¼ in pieces.

Melt butter in 3 qt sauté pan, add onion and sweat onions for 30 min till limp. Add brown sugar and peaches, continue to cook on low for another 30 min. Add grapes, bacon, thyme, 1 T vinegar and adobo sauce and continue for another 30 min. Add OJ and cayenne and cook for 30 min – 1 hour until most of the liquid is absorbed. Allow to cool for 30 min+ and pulse in a food processor for no more than 5 sec.
Spoon jam into a jar or container.
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby MOOP_Czar » Tue Oct 18, 2011 6:25 pm

Bigdane, next to my wife, you may well be my favorite human today...
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby trilobyte » Tue Oct 18, 2011 6:37 pm

Kontradiction - if you've not tried it, bacon covered with chocolate and toffee chips is awesome.
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby Kontradiction » Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:14 pm

trilobyte wrote:Kontradiction - if you've not tried it, bacon covered with chocolate and toffee chips is awesome.


Indeed, I've had it. That's why I was dreaming up a toffee-studded bacon jam. I need to see if this is 'doable'.
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Oct 27, 2011 1:18 pm

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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby junglesmacks » Thu Oct 27, 2011 1:35 pm

bigdane wrote:I have made this gift from the gods and it is wuunderbarr! I posted the recipe here [...]



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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby bigdane » Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:50 am

junglesmacks wrote:See.. I knew I liked this guy from the get go..


awwww....whats not to like about a guy who makes bacon jam...you should taste my peanut butter fudge... :P :lol:
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby nilasnake » Thu Nov 03, 2011 4:48 pm

i did tg's recipe because it was the easiest and it was delish!! had it with a thick grilled porkchop. yummm.
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby trilobyte » Thu Nov 03, 2011 5:09 pm

Ooh, porkchops, another great use for the stuff… :::drool:::
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby bigdane » Thu Nov 03, 2011 5:37 pm

nilasnake wrote:i did tg's recipe because it was the easiest and it was delish!! had it with a thick grilled porkchop. yummm.

I tried it too and it was...as you say deelish! The recipe I use, while more complicated and a tme consuming, is definetly denser and spreadable like preserves or ...well...jam...
I'll definetly make the easier recipe in the future cuz it rocks... but I'll still make mine too...when I feel more indulgent...

I absolutely promise I will bring some of mine to M&G to sample...I like to spread it on some bread with a slice of tomato...fuckin yum
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:21 pm

These are the pancakes that you bacon jam on:
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby graidawg » Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:37 am

Is there no end to the things that can be done with Bacon. Truely bacon is the chocolate of the pig and should worshipped as such.

over the weekend my friends and I created the church of pie - which immediately began squabbling over issues of dogma. such as is there such a thing as a perfect pie or wether the pie should be venerated before or after eating or indeed can a pie be considered a pie before you eat it!

i am now going to leave the the pie worshippers (of which I am a founder) and create the Bacon Allmighty Church Of Niceness.
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:56 am

You think there will be no argument as to the exact nature of bacon in the states as compared to England and Canada?
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby graidawg » Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:25 am

hi fishy, we all know that american bacon usually is just bacon for the masses. Even english bacon is usually danish but lets be fair its basically all fancy pig meat
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby remi » Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:23 pm

My fav is bacon pancakes. Slowly cook a pound of thick sliced bacon.. chop it up, throw it in pancake batter. Stir, cook pancakes in bacon grease. Enjoy.

I've made bacon pancakes so many times after the bar.. With a nice maple syrup.. you can't go wrong!
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby bigdane » Thu Dec 08, 2011 12:48 pm

my bacon jam stash is almost depleted...time to crank out another batch!
and I found a kickass recipe for maple buttermilk bacon cookies...called "late night cravings" they're supposed to be like buttermilk pancakes and bacon all rolled into a cookie!!!!
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby MyDearFriend » Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:39 am

(((Bigdane))) love the new avatar, and PLEASE quit bragging and post this kick-ass recipe for maple buttermilk bacon cookies. 8) They sound like just what I need on xmas morning.

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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby HiBbY » Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:48 am

:::O bacon jam??????? OMFG! i must try. baconbaconbaconbacon!!!... made into jam XXD put some of that on some toasted english muffins, bet that chiz is more delicious than apple butter XXP
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby bigdane » Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:06 pm

MyDearFriend wrote:(((Bigdane))) love the new avatar, and PLEASE quit bragging and post this kick-ass recipe for maple buttermilk bacon cookies. 8) They sound like just what I need on xmas morning.

thankyouthankyouthankyouinadvance...

(((MDF))) Here ya go...

Maple Buttermilk Bacon Cookie
Prep: 8 large or 12 medium slices of bacon; cooked, drained, and cooled.
Ingredients
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
1 large egg
1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
½ cup buttermilk
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
8-12 pieces of cooked bacon
Instructions
Cream butter and sugar. Mix in egg, maple syrup, and buttermilk.
Stir together and mix into above. Crumble bacon and fold into the dough.
Scoop or drop rounded Tablespoon size cookies 2″ apart on a parchment lined or nonstick baking sheet.
Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes, or until bottoms are pancake gold.
Let sit for a couple of minutes and transfer to a cooling rack.
Top with either Maple Butter Frosting: 4 Tablespoons softened butter, 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup, 1 cup powdered sugar, mixed well.
Or
Maple Cream Cheese Frosting: ¼ cup cream cheese, ¼ cup softened butter, 1 Tablespoon maple syrup, 1½ cups powdered sugar, mixed well.


I also replenished my bacon jam stock today....6 jars of joy 8)
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Re: Bacon Jam

Postby bigdane » Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:06 pm

HiBbY wrote::::O bacon jam??????? OMFG! i must try. baconbaconbaconbacon!!!... made into jam XXD put some of that on some toasted english muffins, bet that chiz is more delicious than apple butter XXP

and a slice of tomato....enoughtomakeyawetalittle!!
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