A few years ago I was browsing the aisles of Real Canadian Superstore while I was looking for some inspiration for a dinner party I was hosting. Unfortunately for me, the brain juices were't flowing that day. Call it a cooking cramp or whatever you'd like, I was at my wits end. Thankfully, I was startled out of my disillusioned haze when I came across a new display amongst the normal humdrum grocery aisle. Presidents Choice had just released their Black Label products and had them predominantly displayed. Needless to say, I quickly found the inspiration I was looking for. They had all sorts of aiolies, vinegars, jams, relishes, and oils. As I was looking through their new line I found one item that particularly stood out to me, Bacon Marmalade. As soon as I tried it I knew exactly what I was going to make for my dinner party. I made BBQ Pork Ribs with a bacon marmalade glaze. They turned out great and it left quite the impression on me and knew that I was going to try and make my own.
This past Thanksgiving was special for my family. My oldest sister and her family were here for the holidays for the first time in years. I had to up my game for this special thanksgiving meal, so with the inspiration from PC's Black Label Bacon Marmalade and the love for my family I knew the only right thing to do was to make a Bacon Cranberry Marmalade.
Bacon Cranberry Marmalade
1 Pound Bacon
3 Cups Fresh Cranberries
Juice of 1 Orange
1/8 Orange Rind finely chopped
1 Tablespoon Rendered Bacon Fat
1 Medium Onion small dice
8 Tablespoons of Sugar
1 Cup of Water
3 Cloves of Garlic
Salt and Pepper to taste.
In a large frying pan on medium low heat cook bacon until it is crispy. Place cooked bacon on paper towel to soak up as much grease as possible. Transfer to a cutting board and chop into bacon bits.
Preheat a large pot on medium high heat. Take 1 tablespoon of rendered bacon fat and cook onions and garlic until they begin to brown. Once onions have some caramelized colour, deglaze with orange juice. Add in cranberries, sugar, and water and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, add in orange peel and bacon bits and cook until orange peel loses its bitterness and the liquid is reduced. You may need to add more sugar depending on how bitter the orange peel you use is or how tart the cranberries are, you'll have to taste and see if it needs more or not.
Enjoy on Turkey, Sandwiches, or use as a glaze on Pork ribs/roasts.