This bacon jam recipe is one of THE best things I've ever eaten. Sweet, salty and savory. Spread on sandwiches or crostinis, or mix into pasta. Top baked potatoes, quiche or grilled meat. So versatile, and best when just slightly warmed up!
Men. Can't live with 'em, or something like that! But really, I have the hardest time finding good gifts for the important men in my life. And there are a lot of them. My husband and son are relatively easy because I'm so tuned into their interests and needs. But once you get beyond those two, I'm hopeless!
My four teenage nephews, brother and brother-in-law, Dad, father-in-law, and the 90% of my coworkers who are men are incredibly hard to gift. My female coworkers? Easy. Sisters and Mom? So easy. Gifts for men are the hardest part of the holiday season for me. This year, I'm determined to get the guys in my life gifts they'll actually love, like this bacon jam recipe.
(Oh hey, Mr. Stormtrooper! Fancy seeing you here).
I headed to my local Walmart to get some ideas, and luckily, found them. This year's Hallmark ornaments are crazy good. They have Star Wars, The Walking Dead, and all manners of superhero and popular movie related ornaments. I picked up a few traditional boxed Star Wars ornaments (and an Elmo ornament for my son, he insisted). I found the boxed ornaments towards the front of the store, near the Christmas decorations. Also, when I wandered towards the cards section, I found some super cute plastic Star Wars ornaments with Santa hats on. Had to get those, too, and they were very inexpensive. There's something satisfying about seeing Darth Vader wear a Santa hat.
I was so excited that I found these awesome ornaments for the guys in my life. But, they say a man's heart is through is stomach, and I've always believed that to be true! I decided to make something I've only ever bought, Bacon Jam.
What is Bacon Jam, you say?
It's a sweet and salty relish that you can use as a topping or spread on any number of things: toast or crostinis, baked cheese, turkey sandwiches, baked potatoes, or quiche.
A local company makes amazing Bacon Jam, but it's SO expensive, upwards of $20 per tiny jar.
Bacon jam does require a TON of bacon to be used, so it's one of those things that really pays off to make at home. And, I am not exaggerating when I say that this particular bacon jam recipes is one of the best things I have ever eaten. Seriously. No lies.
I packaged this jam in half pint jars. You can attach super simple chalkboard labels and write on them white paint pen. Add some decorative twine or a festive holiday ribbon, and you're good to go! It was super simple to get these little jars of bacon goodness ready for gift giving.
Can you can bacon jam?
I absolutely hate to be the bearer of bad news, but no, you cannot can bacon jam.
I tried to can the first batch I made, and opened it after 3 months. The smell was off, so I threw it out. It turns out that it's very likely bacteria will grow for this type of meat marmalade. And, there are several recipes out there that say you are able to can bacon jam safely, so be cautious, friends! We don't want to get ourselves or others sick.
After doing a bit more research, I learned that the best way to store bacon jam is to freeze it. Just leave a bit of head room in your freezer safe jar. When you're ready to use it, thaw the bacon jam and then you can store it in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.