Bacon Jam

My secret ingredient for the perfect burger? Bacon jam! Yes. You read that correctly. It’s surprisingly easy to make yet incredibly impressive. To make my signature D-Burger– featured in my restaurant and presented at the Enjoy Arts & Tastes in St. Petersburg, Florida, use this bacon jam, stracciatella cheese, arugula, and red onions. Delish!

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INGREDIENTS:
Makes 2 cups

  • 1 lb. thick bacon, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 4 small onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste

METHOD:

  •  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a skillet or medium saucepan over medium-high heat, cook bacon until it begins to brown and crisp. Do not drain off or discard any bacon fat.
  • Lower heat to medium. Add onions and cook until translucent. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Cover pan with aluminum foil and place in the oven.
  • Cook jam for 30-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until thickened and glossy.
  • Allow to cool slightly, then pulse in the food processor for a few seconds. When completely cool, store in an airtight container and refrigerate.
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