Bacon is one of the few things that I adore with the same enthusiasm as whiskey. Recently, I read about chefs making bacon marmalade and I decided to try my hand at creating my own recipe for it.
Bourbon seemed like a natural complement to the bacon and marmalade flavor and I rounded the flavor profile out with coffee, brown sugar, chipotle sauce and maple syrup. The finished flavor is a sweet, spiced, and very interesting new take on marmalade.
This recipe is easy to prepare and has a variety of uses. Try this Bourbon Bacon Marmalade in place of bacon on a BLT sandwich, use it to top off a bagel with cream cheese or as a topping for hamburgers. You could also easily incorporate this into a dip at your next party.
- 2 pounds
- smoked bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 cup bourbon whiskey (I recommend Old Charter 101)
- 6 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 cups
- freshly brewed coffee
- 6 dashes Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce
- 6 grinds of fresh black pepper
- In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, fry the bacon over medium heat until the bacon begins to crisp.
- Remove bacon from pot and let drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
- Add the chopped onion and garlic to the rendered bacon fat in the pot and cook until the onion becomes translucent.
- Remove onion and garlic mixture from pot and either discard rendered bacon fat or use a different, heavy bottomed pot. Add bacon and onion-garlic mixture to the pot.
- Add all of the remaining ingredients (except the Tabasco and pepper) to the pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low while maintaining a simmer.
- Simmer for 2 hours, checking the pot every 30 minutes. If the ingredients begin to dry out, add 1/2 cup water when needed.
- After two hours, most of the liquid should be reduced. If the marmalade is too watery, simmer for up to an additional 30 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and let rest for 30 minutes to cool.
- Add Tabasco Chipotle Sauce and pepper. Stir to incorporate.
- Transfer the contents of the pot to a food processor fitted with a blade.
- Pulse the contents for 5-6 seconds to incorporate all the ingredients together. Do not over blend or you will lose the desired texture.
- Store in clean, sterile jars with tight-fitting lids. Once open, only store in the refrigerator
Originally Published: May 5, 2010
Edited by Colleen Graham: October 23, 2015