Bacon Bourbon Jam: The Best Burger Condiment Ever!

Bacon Bourbon Jam

Bacon Bourbon Jam

I usually try to avoid superlatives when writing my blog posts, but today, I absolutely must. This recipe is, the-best-burger-condiment-you-will-ever-make! For that matter you may never want to make another burger condiment again in your life! Throw out all of the ketchup, mustard and pickle relish in your fridge and vow only ever, to make this one. OK, you see my point! I invited some family over the other day for a barbeque, as the summer sun had me craving a fat, juicy burger, and barbeque meals are really meant to be shared. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to make this recipe, which I had spotted in my very fave magazine, Donna Hay -Issue 85,  (I have altered it slightly). It was a huge hit. We were literally mounding this jam onto every bite of our burgers. I wish I had doubled the recipe because there wasn’t quite enough for the leftover burgers the next day.

Truly the best burger condiment ever!

Truly the best burger condiment ever!

I haven’t given a recipe for burgers here, because as far as I’m concerned, this recipe will go with any sort of burger – beef, turkey, chicken or veggie, and we all have our favourite way of making burgers. I used some beautiful lean ground beef with very little added; a bit of salt and pepper and a bit of dried basil and oregano. It is an old habit of mine to over-season my burgers, but if you use good quality meat, there really is no reason to do this. And when you are using the-best-burger-condiment-in-the-world, you don’t need much seasoning in your meat. I found some brioche buns in my local grocery store and used some lovely olive oil mayo (maybe try making your own), fresh tomatoes and some peppery arugula to construct the burgers. If your guests love cheese like we Canadians do, melt a generous piece of your favourite cheese on top of the burger just before serving.  I also have a glut of cherry tomatoes growing on my back patio, so they found their way into my bacon bourbon jam. Don’t you just love this season?

I will be sharing this recipe with the gang at Fiesta Friday, Throwback Thursday, Foodie FriDIY, and Saucy Saturdays.

Check out the lovely fresh tomatoes from my garden!

Check out the lovely fresh tomatoes from my garden!

Bacon Bourbon Jam

Ingredients:

200 g good quality bacon, finely chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 small white or yellow onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

½ teaspoon chili flakes

2 tablespoons whole grain mustard

¼ cup maple syrup

1 tablespoon brown sugar

250 g cherry tomatoes, quartered

2 tablespoons bourbon

2 – 3 tablespoons malt vinegar

Method:

Place the chopped bacon in a large frying pan, and fry until crisp. Remove the bacon bits from the from the pan and drain on paper towels. Remove all but about 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat from the pan.

In the same pan, add the olive oil and sauté the onions until they are transparent. Add the garlic and continue cooking until the garlic is fragrant.

Add the bacon, chili flakes, mustard, maple syrup, brown sugar and tomatoes to the pan. Cook over medium heat until the tomatoes are cooked and the mixture has thickened, about 8 or 9 minutes.

Add the bourbon and 2 tablespoons of the malt vinegar and taste. If you feel that the jam could use a bit more acidity, add an additional tablespoon of vinegar. Cook for a further 2 minutes and then set aside to cool.

Burgers with Bacon Bourbon Jam…. Simply the Best!

Burgers with Bacon Bourbon Jam…. Simply the Best!

 

55 Responses to “Bacon Bourbon Jam: The Best Burger Condiment Ever!”

  1. Nancy

    Looks good enough to eat without the burger..hehe. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Julianna!

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  2. Jess

    I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try bacon jam, I hear the stuff is straight up addicting. It looks great Julianna, thank you for sharing 🙂

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    • chefjulianna

      So glad you like it Jess! And yes, it is very addictive! I am still dreaming about it 2 weeks later. I am just going to have to make it again…. very soon! 😀

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  3. FrugalHausfrau

    Like this? Is there no button for love love love it!! I can almost taste the flavors just from the description & recipe!! Thanks for bringing this by Throwback Thursday. I can’t wait to make it!!

    Mollie

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  4. Shari

    I have never heard of bacon bourbon jam, but it sounds absolutely wonderful! I love all kinds of sauces. My refrigerator is full of them. I think I need to add this one to my list. Thank you, Julianna!

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    • chefjulianna

      Thanks so much, Shari! This is one to add to your list for sure, but I bet it will be gobbled up quickly before it gets to sit in the fridge! 😀

      Reply
  5. Carlee

    That looks and sounds so good! I know my family would inhale those bacon jam slathered burgers. Thanks so much for sharing at Throwback Thursday!

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    • chefjulianna

      Oh, they would inhale them for sure!! My pleasure to join Throwback Thursday! Such a great way to share our posts! 😀

      Reply
  6. cookingwithauntjuju.com

    I make a bacon jam but not with bourbon. I’m sure it adds some great additional flavor. I’m cooking turkey burgers tonight and I bet your jam would make my guests coming back for seconds. Thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday 🙂

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  7. Natalie Browne

    I made some Bacon Whiskey Jam last winter and it was amazing, it wasn’t really BBQ season though, so the idea of throwing it on a burger never really came up. This looks incredible!!

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  8. cakespy

    SO MUCH YES. When I lived in Seattle a restaurant there specialized in bacon jam (well, other things too) and I just loved it!

    Reply
  9. petra08

    I am absolutely drooling here! It sounds divine! Another gorgeous recipe thank I just know I will have to try and am sure I will get addicted to! I get a craving for a burger about once/year but I see I need to make some more this summer! Thank you for sharing this at Fiesta Friday! Have a great week! 🙂

    Reply
  10. Matt

    Ooh, I love this idea. Will definitely be trying the next time I have burgers! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  11. Angie | Fiesta Friday

    I’ve saved a bacon jam recipe from this excellent site, but just from reading your ingredients, I already know that yours is much better!! I’m replacing it now. Will definitely make! Please keep reminding me ‘coz if I don’t try this, I don’t think I’ll ever forgive myself 😂😂

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  12. Nadia

    Sounds and looks amazing. Do you think it would be the same with regular tomatoes instead of cherry?

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    • chefjulianna

      I think ao, but I might be inclined to scoop out some of the seeds in a regular tomato so that the jam won’t be too watery. Good luck, and let me know how it turns out. 😀

      Reply
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