While I truly enjoy most things Paleo, and Hubs seems to as well (with the exception of Brussels Sprouts, the man protests like a 2 year old when presented with them… really, it’s remarkable) what I do sometimes find myself missing is the variety of handy “condiments and dressings” from my pre-paleo days. So, over the past few weeks I’ve been putting several of these through a Paleo transformation, so stay tuned for some of those. During this process I discovered something that I didn’t even realize was missing from my life… bacon jam…Oh, bacon jam, where have you been all of my life?
Now, this recipe does use coffee, which, some might argue is un-paleo. If you don’t want to use coffee, don’t use coffee, use herbal tea, or water instead, there’s plenty of flavor in this recipe without the coffee. In this case I chose to use coffee considering this is just a condiment and we will only be consuming small amounts at a time.
8 ingredients + maybe an hour total, prep and cook time = amazing flavor
2, 12 ounce packages of center cut bacon, cut in 1/2 inch strips
1 large yellow onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, smashed and minced
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup dried dates, chopped
3/4 cup brewed coffee, or tea if you prefer
In a large skillet cook the bacon over medium heat. After about 5 minutes the bacon will release a lot of liquid, push the bacon aside and use a paper towel to remove the liquid, we don’t want to “boil” the bacon in this liquid. Continue to cook, stirring as needed, until the bacon is just starting to get crispy around the edges, about 20 minutes total.
Remove the bacon from the pan and set aside. Add the onion and garlic to the bacon grease (be prepared, this is going to smell amazing) and cook for a few minutes then add the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a simmer and cook until the onions and dates are soft and the sauce has reduced to about half. Add the bacon back to the pan, stir it all together and allow to bubble for a few minutes, it should be dark and rich and amazing. This last step is optional, to make it more “jam-like” allow to cool then add it to a good processor and pulse a few times. We actually enjoy it both ways, really, what’s not to love?