Because this weekend is a big get out and BBQ weekend, I wanted to share a little recipe I stumbled on.
Have you ever tried it? Have you ever heard of it?
I had never heard of it but the words "bacon" and "jam" always catch my eye. Then I came across the words put together and I may have come up out of my chair.
You need this in your life. In the words of the Pioneer Woman- it'll make your skirt fly up!
In a good way!
And because it's Thursday, I've got a little cooking (really chopping) tip to share.
Are you ready?
This recipe apparently has been around and has many variations, but basically it is bacon (I need a moment of silence here please) and onions and some spices and liquids all cooked and blended together into the goodness that makes Bacon Jam.
Go here for the printable recipe I used or just google Bacon Jam and pick one that suits you best.
Because onions are involved, and they must be chopped, I'm going to give you my super secret onion chopping trick.
Light a candle and keep it close to your chopping. Not too close, you don't want your hair or clothes catching fire but close enough to your chopping that it takes away all that nasty gas onions release when chopped. It's like magic. The flame attracts the gas and it goes away. No more goggles or avoiding chopping onions. Chop, chop, chop all day, no burning eyes.
After all the chopping is finished, and the bacon (I need a moment of silence here please) is browned, you pour off all but about a tablespoon of grease to begin the cooking of the onions.
Please tell me you do not actually throw away this most useful and delicious grease. Lie to me. Thank you.
After the cooking of the onions and addition of the liquids, the bacon (I need a moment of silence here please) is returned to the skillet.
the recipe calls for pure maple syrup. yeah, if I was Martha Stewart I'm sure I would have a maple tree with a tap right in my backyard just for pure maple syrup, but since I'm not Martha, I have Mrs. Butterworth's in the pantry, we rough it over here
Just tryin' to sell the sizzle.
Then into the crock pot for 6 1/2 hours with the lid off.
I did not leave the lid completely off, I have a fear of hard and dried on things in the crock pot once all the liquid evaporates
And so then we wait. I did have some errands to run and left the house while the crock potting was occurring. I smelled like bacon which is a good/bad thing. It's never good when you can smell yourself but bacon? IDK. Probably every stray cat and dog could smell me too and by the time I got home I had quite a bunch of followers.
But the house smelled wonderful!
This Bacon Jam is sweet and savory and would be a yummy addition to the condiments at your weekend BBQ! Put it on chicken and burgers, a dollop on some scrambled eggs, or a flaky biscuit! It's just good!