|From Young House Love|
I found the recipe on Pinterest a week or so ago. If you know me, you know my love of bacon. I've made candied bacon. I've made chocolate chip cookies with bacon (will post that soon). I've made pancake muffins with bacon in them that you dip in maple syrup. My love knows no bounds. I started thinking about possible food gifts that I could give this year for Christmas gifts and came across this recipe. I gave it a whirl and brought it into work for my guinea pigs to test. It has been an outstanding success. I created an office of addicts. Seriously. I've made three batches of it, with the batch last night being a double.
Here is the recipe I linked to above, with my notes:
Line a baking sheet with foil. Arrange bacon slices on the foil and place the baking sheet on the center rack of a cold oven. Turn oven on to 400°F and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes, until bacon is golden brown. I just fry my bacon in a pan on the stove top. My oven is finicky and I'm more likely to burn the bacon in the oven than on the stovetop.
Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Reserve one tablespoon of fat, pouring into a skillet, and adding onions, sugar and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are softened and translucent, about five minutes. Add vinegar, maple syrup, coffee or postum, and bourbon. Bring to a boil and cook for two minutes.
Transfer mixture and cooked bacon to a six-quart slow-cooker and cook on high, uncovered, until liquid has reduced and thickened slightly and bacon is a deep burnished brown, 3 1/2 to 4 hours. I usually stir it a few times while it's cooking. With the lid off, the bacon on top of the pile gets dry quickly so I stir it occasionally to keep the liquid distributed.
Transfer mixture to food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Let cool, then transfer to airtight jars. Store in refrigerator for up to one month. I've read, and experienced, that it keeps just fine in the fridge longer than that. I'd say at least three months, maybe longer.
It's certainly not the most inexpensive thing I've ever made. Bacon, especially 4 packs (for the double batch) isn't exactly cheap (hello $20 in bacon!!) but it's insanely good. It's smoky and sweet. Salty and a little tangy. It's perfection. And there are a thousand things to do with it, if you find you're not content with just eating it straight out of the jar. I think I found a winner!!
I made some cute little labels to play around with packaging. I still need to work on the lid cover. I like the parchment but it was kind of a pain to work with.