Yo! This business is totally my jam!
Bourbon, peaches, figs, and bacon? Um….. YES PLEASE!
I’ve missed my old friends of a party of peaches, bacon, figs, and bourbon. Where have you been my lovelies? You know how it is when you get together with a friend you think about a lot and missed for a while? We did that. Me and Lauren. We totally went out for drinks and had a bunch of catching up to do.
Lauren has absolutely nothing to do with baccon, peaches, or bacon jam – but maybe something to do with bourbon or booze….
But like these old friends, girl, I heart you!
P.S. I’m so glad we sort of got everything up to speed. I’ll forgive you for leaving me so lonely because you totally had a baby, but I missed you and I’m glad you’re back in my life!
- 22 ounces bacon, cut crosswise into 1 inch pieces
- 2 shallots, thinly sliced
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 6 figs, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 3 peaches, pitted, peeled, and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/3 cup bourbon
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup sherry vinegar
- 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat, add half the bacon and cook until brown, remove and drain on paper towel
- Carefully drain the grease out of the pan
- Repeat with the rest of the bacon but reserve at least 2 tablespoons of bacon grease
- Add shallots, garlic, figs, and peaches to the bacon grease pan and cook until onions are translucent - about 5 minutes
- Add chili powder, ginger, and mustard and cook another 1-2 minutes
- Add bourbon and maple syrup and increase the heat to medium high, scrape up any brown bits and bring to a boil
- Add vinegar and brown sugar and bring to a boil again
- Add reserved bacon back to the pan
- Reduce heat to low and cook until liquid looks like a thick glaze - about 10-15 minutes
- Remove from heat, cool until warm, and transfer to a food processor
- Pulse mixture several times until it resembles a chunky jam or reaches a texture according to personal preferences
Adapted from Martha