For a really long time, I have been seeing bloggers talking about Skillet Bacon Jam. I wondered about it since the first time I saw it. I am a huge fan of bacon, so I really wanted to get my hands on a jar of the stuff and try it out.
I was ecstatic when I got chosen to receive a sample jar to try out, review and blog about. It arrived a couple of days later and I sat and stared at it mocking me, and begging me to try it for two days. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do with it. It’s a sample size, so it was important to me that I didn’t waste it and I tried it on several things before deciding what I thought. It did say on the paper I could dip my spoon in and eat it plain if I wanted. But no, I really didn’t want to try it that way. Finally, I had an idea.
I decided I wanted to try it in something simple first. So I decided to make Bacon & Swiss Cheeseburgers. I thought the melted Swiss and Bacon-ey flavor would go well together, and who doesn’t love a good cheeseburger. So here’s what I did.
In a bowl, I put the ground beef, I added some salt, pepper, garlic powder and 2 heaping Tablespoons of Bacon Jam. I probably could have used more for a super bacon-ey flavor but I was worried about using too much.
I’m going to be really honest. When I first peeled back the safety seal on the Skillet Jam, I thought the concoction inside actually looked pretty gross. In fact, I showed it to all five of my kids and my husband and we all agreed it seriously looked unappealing. However, what did happen, was the beautiful bacon-ey smell that wafted out of the jar took over all of our senses. It smelled absolutely amazing, just like home-cooked bacon. So seriously, ignore what it looks like when you open it up, because it’s deceiving.
Now you need to mix all that up and form four or five patties. Now I did sort of have an a-ha moment where I realized, that if I had planned a head, I probably could have premixed everything and let it sit and kind of “marinate” or a bit and it would have probably had a stronger flavor. Food for thought for next time.
Normally I would have taken them out to the grill to cook them up and I really wanted to, but it was super hot out there and my house was nice and cool, so on the stovetop they went. Obviously you can cook yours wherever you’d like, including the grill. One of the perks about cooking in the pan was that I could drop about a tsp. of the Skillet Bacon Jam into the frying pan while I was cooking the patty. I’m pretty happy I did.
Cook both sides until browned and cooked all the way through. I cannot tell you how often a kid came by the pan while it was cooking and commented on how good it smelled. Mmm… Bacon. When the burger is finished cooking, grab your hamburger bun, top with the patty, top that with some swiss cheese and then dress your burger the way you like. I also brushed some garlic butter on both sides of the bun, spread some more of the Skillet Bacon Jam across the top and then broiled the buns for about 2 minutes.
Then it was time to take a bite. Wow. Talk about extremely savory, delicious, melty goodness. I have to say the Bacon Jam was absolutely amazing. It added a lot of flavor to the actual burger and smearing it across the buns was not a bad idea at all. It was a sort of smoky, rustic flavor. Others have described the bacon jam as slightly sweet, but I didn’t taste that in the burger at all. It is simply a must have in my kitchen now. There is no question.
I am already planning on using it with some omelets in the morning, which I will definitely share and post about and my mouth is watering at the thought. I highly recommend the Skillet Bacon Jam, and I can assure you, I will be purchasing a much larger jar of Skillet Bacon Jam this week.
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I received a Skillet Bacon Jam sample to facilitate this review, however all opinions (and recipes) are 100% honest and my own.