Balsamic Brown Sugar Bourbon Bacon Jam

Original post from: The Gold Lining Girl

This recipe for Balsamic Brown Sugar Bourbon Bacon Jam is going to be your most favorite holiday recipe, guaranteed. Don’t attend a holiday party without it! It’s sweet, salty, spicy, tangy, and even rich! So many tastes represented in this Balsamic Brown Sugar Bourbon Bacon Jam! Pair it with Cameron Hughes wines and a few cheese and crackers for a simple, elegant appetizer tray!

Balsamic Brown Sugar Bourbon Bacon Jam

This recipe for Balsamic Brown Sugar Bourbon Bacon Jam is going to be your most favorite holiday recipe, guaranteed. Don’t attend a holiday party without it! It’s sweet, salty, spicy, tangy, and even rich! So many tastes represented in this Balsamic Brown Sugar Bourbon Bacon Jam!

 Course Appetizer/Snack
 Prep Time 15 minutes
 Cook Time 45 minutes
 Total Time 1 hour
 Servings 8
 Author Sarah

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. center cut, thick-cut bacon
  • 1 large yellow onion finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup high-quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat until crisp.

  2. Drain on paper towels, and discard all but 3 tbsp. drippings.

  3. Chop bacon into 1/4-inch bits, and set aside.

  4. Add the onion to the skillet with the bacon drippings.

  5. Cook on medium until soft, golden, and caramelized, about 7-8 minutes.

  6. Add the garlic, and cook til soft, about 3 minutes.

  7. Add the paprika, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to the skillet, stirring to combine.

  8. Add the bourbon and maple syrup.

  9. Bring to a simmer, and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.

  10. Add balsamic vinegar and brown sugar to the skillet.

  11. Cook an additional 3 minutes, stirring constantly.

  12. Reduce heat to low, and stir in the crumbled bacon.

  13. Cook for an additional 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  14. Remove from heat and cool.

  15. Serve with crackers. Store in the refrigerator.