First of all I’m going to say that BACON WEEK IS OFFICIALLY OVER, um after today’s post that is. Homemade bacon is put in the freezer, I can’t get more to smoke yet, so we have to quit eating it for now. Spicy bacon jam is my last stand, and post relating to bacon for a while.
But before bacon week was over my dear friend Steph wanted to make a spicy version of last weeks Whiskey Bacon Jam, who am I to say no? I love to hang out and cook with Steph, she’s smart, funny, likes good beer and better food. Although her bacon addiction is beginning to scare me, who could ever eat so much bacon? Ahem.
As we started up this batch of bacon jam I knew she was serious about giving it heat when, not one, but 4 kind of peppers were laid out on her counter and chipotle powder. We were going for a deep, spicy heat, not intense and painful, but enjoyable. We reached it and completely morphed the bacon jam in the process. Don’t let the long ingredient list intimidate you though, use what you can afford, make substitutions and make it your own, I dare you.
If you don’t have fruit to add you can easily make it without the fruit, just cut back on the liquids and add something sweet. We did throw in a handful of chocolate chips but I think they were lost in the mix. They didn’t add much to the overall flavor, this jam has a lot going on already. But again experiment with it, make it your own and be ready to eat your mistakes, not so hard when it’s bacon.
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|me circa 1983 mullet and all, oh glorious!|