How can I resist a product that has bacon and maple in its title? Maple Bacon Onion Jam from Stonewall Kitchen is my latest acquisition in the long line of condiments that claim bacon in their label. Sometimes it is better not to read the ingredient label because it can unmask a want to be bacon poser immediately. Against my better judgment I did read the label. Surprise, surprise, bacon is listed as an ingredient. Sugar, shallots, apple, maple syrup and onions are a few of the other ingredients. At the end of the list is an ingredient that is on my least favorite list; liquid smoke. The true test will be in the taste. Let’s pop the top.
The topped is popped and a beautiful, wonderful smell of sweet roasted onions greets my bacon starved palette. If this was made into an after shave I would wear it. A spoonful is scooped out for tasting purposes. This is a chunky jam with little bacon bits distributed throughout. I like the texture that still has chunks of apple and onions in its mix. My first flavor impression is of sweet onions, apple and maple syrup. This finishes with bacon flavor that is reinforced with the liquid smoke. This is a savory jam that leans on the sweet side. I like it
Burgers were on the grill tonight. I topped our burgers with a huge dollop of bacon jam. This added a sweet smoky component that was a great flavor combination. Stonewall Kitchen has delivered a product that actually has bacon. If I had any negative critique about this product would be the use of liquid smoke. I believe it was unnecessary and possibly a little heavy handed. I still liked this product and think it would be great on toast in the morning. What better way to start the day then with a little bacon jam.
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