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Pecan Bacon Jam


Ingredients:

- 1 pound bacon, roughly chopped

- 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped

- 4 cloves garlic, minced

- 1/2 cup brown sugar

- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

- 1/2 cup maple syrup

- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (adjust to taste)

- 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped


Instructions:

1. Cook the Bacon: In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the chopped bacon until it is nicely browned and crispy. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain, reserving about 2 tablespoons of bacon fat in the skillet.

2. Sauté the Onion and Garlic: Add the chopped onion to the skillet with the reserved bacon fat. Cook over medium heat until the onions are soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant.

3. Add the Sugar and Liquids: Stir in the brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then add the cooked bacon back into the skillet.

4. Simmer: Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer gently. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking, until the liquid has reduced and thickened to a jam-like consistency, about 20-30 minutes.

5. Add Pecans and Spices: Once the jam has thickened, add the chopped pecans and crushed red pepper. Stir well to combine. Cook for another 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.

6. Cool and Store: Remove the skillet from the heat and let the bacon jam cool. As it cools, the jam will thicken further. Transfer the bacon jam to a jar or airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

7. Serve: Your pecan bacon jam is ready to be served! It's perfect on toast, burgers, sandwiches, or even as a unique addition to a cheese board.


Tips:

- Adjust the amount of crushed red pepper according to your preferred level of heat.

- The bacon jam will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Make sure it’s in a tightly sealed container.

- If you find the jam too thick after refrigeration, you can gently warm it up before serving to soften its consistency.

Enjoy your homemade pecan bacon jam!

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