Bacon Jam on a food network program which is escaping me at the moment. He made his own, and it was awesome, and I felt compelled to give it a go. As an aside, if you're on the west coast, and can access Skillet Street Food - I expect you to try it and report back. They make serve what looks like creative, delicious food out of Airstream vans. That is awesome.
This is my first attempt; I was pleased with the result, but there is certainly room for improvement. It's super easy, and basically boils down to (no pun intended, but I kind of wish it was): rendering bacon, carmelizing onions in the rendering bacon, and then making a coffee/vinegar reduction on top of everything. You'll need:
Bacon (I prefer uncured; smoked works nicely)
Onion (Usually spanish)
Apple Cider Vinegar
So, I started with some Coleman's uncured hickory smoked bacon. Mostly because they're the only uncured bacon my grocer carries, but I've always been happy with the results. I started with half a package, and cut the strips into roughly 1/4" slices, and tossed everything into a preheated (medium-low) 2 qt saucepan with finely chopped onion (1/2 a large onion; I should have used more). You're probably better off rendering the bacon first - I got a big goopy mess for awhile, but all was well.
I lightly salted and peppered the bacon/onion mix, and cooked for 30 - 35 min until I had a nice, evenly browned bacony-carmelized mix, which I sadly neglected to take pictures of. At this point, I added a small cup of coffee, about a 1/3" cup of brown sugar, 1/3" cup of Apple Cider Vinegar, and liberal splash of balsamic for color and that good tang you don't quite get out of the Apple Cider. I also added a little bit of my chili powder.
|The finished product after chilling, and transfer to a more complimentary container.|