This year, like every year, Father’s Day crept up way too quickly. I had big wonderful plans for individualized home made gifts for the Fathers in my life but, time was not aligned with my ideas. So I took to Pinterest for inspiration (where else would you go?!) and found a fantastic recipe for the Dad-est condiment ever: BACON JAM. I adapted this recipe from Dinner with Julie which fit very well into 3 jars.
I had some brown paper bags already but they looked slightly sad with just the one little jar in each so I grabbed a box of crackers to even it out. Which turned out to be a great idea since they were such a hit my Uncle had something to try his with right away!
I now know that whenever you are in doubt…. bacon is ALWAYS a good idea
2 -3 packages of Bacon
2 large onions, roughly chopped
3 shallots, roughly chopped
5 garlic cloves, chopped
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup brewed coffee (hot or cold) the rest goes in your face
1/2 cup maple syrup
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Salt
1 Tbsp. grainy mustard (optional)
Roughly chop the bacon and cook it in a heavy pot; transfer to a bowl using a slotted spoon, draining off the drippings. Saute the onion and garlic cloves in the rest for 5 minutes, until soft and starting to turn golden. Return the bacon to the pan, add the brown sugar, coffee, maple syrup, vinegar and mustard and cook over medium heat for half an hour, or until deep golden and thickened to the consistency of jam.
If you like, cool and pulse with a hand blender. Serve warm or cold.