Maple-Bacon Jam.... mmmmm bacon bacon bacon

Stop the presses! 

I ran across this amazing jam and just knew the whole world needed to know about it! Stop everyone you see and send out the good news! Hearts everywhere have been dreaming of this and now it has come to fruition! So, let your joy filled heart say, "Yes!" and run to your kitchen. In no time you will have such a delectable delight that angels will sing and grown men cry.

Maple-Bacon Jam

Sweet, salty, smoky, spicy and down right tasty bacon jam that is the definition of YUM! This bacon jam goes well on toast for breakfast and makes for a great condiment in sandwiches and burgers of all sorts! 

Servings: makes 1-2 cups (Recommend you DOUBLE or triple!) 
Prep Time: 10 minutes 
Cook Time: 1 hour 50 minutes 
Total Time: 2 hours 

1 pound thick smoked bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces 
1 large onion, sliced 
4 cloves garlic, chopped 
1/4 cup cider vinegar 
3/4 cup coffee (brewed) 
1/4 cup brown sugar 
1/4 cup maple syrup 
1/4 cup bourbon, optional
1-2 chipotle chilis in adobo, chopped 
1/2 teaspoon cumin pepper to taste 

Cook the bacon in a large sauce pan an over medium heat until the fat has rendered and the bacon starts to get crispy and set aside, reserving 1 tablespoon of the grease in the pan. Add the onions and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute. Add the vinegar and deglaze the pan. Add the coffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, bourbon, bacon, chipotle chilies, cumin and pepper, reduce the heat and simmer until reduced to a syrupy consistency, about 1-2 hours. 
Process the jam in a food processor to smooth it out a bit but not too much as you want to have the texture of the bacon. If you do not finish it all in one sitting, store it in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 4 weeks. 

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