Bacon Jam with Whiskey

• 1-1/2 pounds bacon, chopped
• 8 shallots, chopped
• 1 large sweet onion, chopped
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 teaspoon chili powder
• 1/2 teaspoon paprika
• Red pepper flakes to taste
• 1/2 cup whiskey
• 1/2 cup maple syrup
• 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon pepper


1. In a large pan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain. Discard all but 2 tablespoons drippings.

2. Add shallots and onion to the drippings; cook over medium heat until caramelized, stirring occasionally.

3. Stir in garlic. 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.

4. Add crumbled bacon; reduce heat to low, and cook 12 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Allow jam to cool slightly. Pulse half of the jam in a food processor until smooth; stir puree into remaining jam.