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Sweet & Savoury Bacon Marmalade

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  • Cut: Bacon
  • Prep Time (Minutes): 15
  • Cook Time (Minutes): 60
  • Number of Servings: 1 cup


1 - 12 oz / 375 g pkg thick cut bacon, coarsely chopped
½ cup / 125 mL finely chopped yellow onion
1 clove garlic, minced
½ cup / 125 mL freshly brewed coffee
½ cup / 125 mL maple syrup
⅓ cup / 80 mL apple cider vinegar
¼ cup / 50 mL packed light brown sugar
⅛ tsp / 0.5 mL ground ginger
Dash of cayenne pepper
¼ cup / 50 mL whisky or apple juice
1 tsp / 5 mL lemon or orange zest


  1. In large skillet, fry bacon over medium-high heat, turning often until fat is rendered and bacon is lightly browned.
  2. With slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Pour off all but 1 Tbsp fat from skillet.
  3. Add onion; cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add garlic; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  5. Stir in coffee, maple syrup, vinegar, brown sugar, ginger and cayenne pepper. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring and scraping up brown bits from bottom of skillet.
  6. Return bacon to skillet. Add whisky or apple juice; stir to combine. Reduce heat and let mixture simmer, stirring occasionally until liquid has thickened, 30-45 minutes.
  7. Transfer mixture to small food processor. Add lemon or orange zest. Pulse mixture about 5 times; do not over-blend.
  8. Transfer marmalade to a sterilized glass jar with screw top lid. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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