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For the love of bacon… jam
January 14, 2010, 7:30 am
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I am a longtime member of the “everything’s better with bacon” camp, although admittedly remiss in my bacon-related adventures as of late.

By a god-given stroke of luck, a Facebook conversation about how Boursin makes some tasty spread led me to the glorious discovery that is bacon jam (thanks to Sarah P. from Seattle and by way of several awesome food blogs), which is essentially sweet, spreadable bacon. Bacon jam is produced by Skillet Street Foods, a fleet of food trucks based out of Seattle, WA.

From their website:

what the heck is bacon jam?…

well, we’ll tell you…we take a big bunch of really, really good bacon and render it down…add a bunch of spices, onions, etc…and let it simmer for about 4 hours…give it a quick puree, and blast chill it…and you have bacon jam…

Buy your Bacon Jam via Skillet Street Foods ($12 + shipping per 8 oz. jar) or Foodzie ($37 for 3-8 oz. jars + $5 ground shipping). I bought mine via the Skillet Street Foods site and while it took them a little while to ship (apparently they were back-ordered after a blog explosion on the topic of bacon jam), I did finally receive it after three weeks and it was just as delicious as everyone else said it would be. I’ve used it as the B on BLTs, on grilled cheese sandwiches, on crackers with cheese and/or fruit slices, on toast with eggs, in stir fry, in fried rice, in just about anything you can imagine bacon going into. (I have this feeling it would actually be really delicious on pecan ice cream.)

If you don’t feel like parting with $18 for an 8 oz. jar of bacon jam, Homesick Texan suggests the following recipe to try and replicate it at home. I’d actually cut most of the Mexican spices (chipotle, adobo, ancho chili powder, and Mexican hot chocolate – maybe leaving a little chili powder for heat) and substitute a good aged balsamic vinegar or balsamic crema to lend some sweetness and acidity.


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