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This flavorful Bacon Jam is made with naturally sweet Medjool Dates to keep it free of refined sugar. An easy savory jam recipe that is a brunch staple!
Heat a large heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Once hot, add bacon pieces. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes until most of the fat is rendered and bacon bits are crispy.
Use a slotted spoon to remove crisp bacon pieces to a plate lined with paper towels and set aside.
Carefully (!) pour bacon fat into a glass container or mason jar for future use or discard.
Return 2 Tablespoons of the bacon fat to the pot and add chopped garlic and onion.
Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until onions start to brown and caramelize, 35 to 40 minutes. Add cooked bacon pieces, chopped dates, apple cider vinegar, water, salt and pepper. Stir to combine, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer covered for 45 minutes.
Remove lid and continue simmering for an additional one and a half hours, stirring every 15 minutes or so until jam is caramelized and dark brown with most of the liquid evaporated out.
Recipe Makes Approximately 3 1/2 to 3 3/4 cups