Gentleman's Whiskey Bacon Jam Recipe
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Gentleman's Whiskey Bacon Jam Recipe

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You can slather this smoky jam on pretty much anything. It lasts only a week in the fridge, so I freeze small amounts for a quick snack with crackers. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds thick-sliced bacon strips, finely chopped
  • 8 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup whiskey
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 112 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 118mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Discard all but 2 tablespoons drippings. Add shallots and onion; cook over medium heat until caramelized, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir garlic into onion mixture; cook 30 seconds. Add seasonings. Remove from heat; stir in whiskey and maple syrup. Increase heat to high; bring to a boil, and cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add vinegar and brown sugar; cook another 3 minutes, continuing to stir constantly.
  3. Add crumbled bacon; reduce heat to low, and cook 12 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Allow jam to cool slightly. Pulse half the jam in a food processor until smooth; stir puree into remaining jam. Serve with assorted crackers. Yield: 3 cups.
Originally published as Gentleman's Whiskey Bacon Jam in Taste of Home November 2016, p86

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ejshellabarger User ID: 3870843 259559
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2017

"I was intrigued by this dish and thought it was OK. Most people reacted with a "wow, this is different" but didn't go back for more. I served it over a block of soften cream cheese with crackers. Probably won't make it again but it was fun to try."

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