Bacon-Bourbon BBQ Jam Recipe

Bacon and bourbon are two of my favorite foods and this recipe combines them in a smokey, spicy BBQ sauce that is great on wings, pulled pork, brisket, or about anything else you can think of. The sauce itself is really tasty and the bacon chunks add great bursts of flavor.

Chicken wings bacon

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Bacon-Bourbon BBQ Jam Recipe

  • Published: April 20, 2015
  • By Jason Logsdon
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 Hour
  • Makes: 35 to 50 wings

Bacon-Bourbon BBQ Jam Ingredients

For the Bacon-Bourbon BBQ Jam

Because they use modernist ingredients, these amounts for this component are given in metric by weight. Learn more about how to measure modernist ingredients in this article.

300g bacon, diced
100g ketchup
200g bourbon whiskey
75g brown sugar
120g water
60g balsamic vinegar
28g garlic, 5-6 cloves chopped
5g ancho chile powder or chile powder of your choice
15g liquid smoke
15g Worcester sauce
1g chipotle chile powder or chile powder of your choice
18g molasses
15g whole grain mustard
1.7g agar, 0.4%

To Assemble

1 batch chicken wings or chicken tenders
Small basil leaves
Reserved bacon pieces
Red jalapeno peppers, diced

Bacon-Bourbon BBQ Jam Instructions

For the Bacon-Bourbon BBQ Jam

Place the bacon in a pot over medium heat and cook until the fat has rendered out and the bacon is crispy. Drain most of the fat, leaving about 20 grams (2 tablespoons) in the pot. Remove the bacon pieces and reserve. Add the remaining ingredients and blend together.

Bring the mixture to a boil and let simmer for 8 to 10 minutes while stirring. Remove from the heat, pour into a container, and let set.

Once fully set, puree the gel until smooth. If it is too thick add some water to it. Add most of the reserved bacon pieces (save some for garnish) and stir in well. The bacon jam can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week.

To Assemble

After you have deep fried the chicken wings or tenders, either toss them in the bacon-bourbon BBQ jam, or, for a more refined presentation, brush it on with a pastry brush. Top with the basil leaves, bacon, and diced jalapeno then serve.

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