Spiced Bacon Jam

I had a request for the recipe of the Spiced Bacon Jam on top of these seared scallops. Here it is and it is good!

  • 1 1/2 pounds sliced bacon, diced
  • 2 cups finely chopped shallots
  • 4 small cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar

Spread half of bacon in a single layer in a large skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until browned, 20 to 23 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Remove fat; clean pan. Repeat with remaining bacon, reserving browned bits and 1 tablespoon fat in pan.

Add shallots and garlic to pan and cook over medium heat, stirring, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add chili powder, ginger, and mustard and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Increase heat to high; add bourbon and maple syrup. Bring to a boil, scraping up browned bits. Add vinegar and brown sugar and return to a boil. Add reserved bacon; reduce heat to low.

Simmer, stirring occasionally, until liquid reduces to a thick glaze, about 10 minutes.

Refrigerate in an airtight container. Will keep up to 4 weeks.