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2 hr, 20
A wonderful sweet and savory spread made with bacon, maple syrup, bourbon, onion and spices.
- 1 pound good quality thick cut bacon; cut into 1 inch slices
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp of whole grain mustard
- 5 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2 teaspoons Ancho chile powder
- 1 cup espresso (I used dried espresso with 1 cup of hot water)
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
- In a large, heavy skillet cook the bacon over medium high heat until it's lightly browned and just starting to crisp. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- Add the onion and garlic and cook over medium heat until soft and translucent and starting to caramelize; 20-25 minutes. Add the spices the last 5 minutes; mix thoroughly.
- While the onion cooks, chop the bacon into smaller pieces; approximately 1/2" square.
- Return the bacon to the pan and add the brown sugar, mustard, coffee, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and bourbon. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
- Simmer over low heat stirring occasionally for approximately 2 hours, until the mixture is a thick, jam-like consistency and deep rich brown color.
- Let cool for 20 minutes; check and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
- Transfer to a food processor. Pulse about 20 times to get the desired consistency. Do not process until completely smooth; it should remain a bit chunky.
- Spoon into jars or storage containers and refrigerate overnight.
OK, I forget how many jars this filled; I had so much going on! I'm guessing about 6 (8 oz) jars. I'll keep track when I make again and confirm this information. Sorry and...Oops.