Salty sweet Slow Cooker Bacon Jam, perfect for your morning bagel and for giving as homemade holiday gifts!



yellow onions

cider vinegar

garlic cloves

dark-brown sugar

pure maple syrup

brewed coffee

In a skillet, cook bacon over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until bacon is slightly browned, about 20 mins.  Then transfer bacon to paper towels to drain.

Pour off all but 1 tbsp fat from skillet (reserve for another use); add onions and garlic, and cook until onions are translucent, about 6 mins.

Add vinegar, brown sugar, maple syrup and coffee and bring to a boil, stirring and scraping up brown bits from skillet with a wooden spoon, about 2 mins.   Add bacon and stir to combine.

This is what your bacon jam will look like when you put it in the slow cooker.  It will not be thick and syrupy, that comes later.

After hours of bubbling away in the crock pot, your bacon jam will look like this. From here, the mixture went into the food processor to become jam.

This bacon jam makes a great homemade gift in pretty glass jars tied up with ribbon. It also makes a delicious crostini topping for holiday parties.

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