New Zealander finds another use for a wonderful magical animal

All of us bacon lovers agree that the pig is a wonderful magical animal. Now, thanks to a New Zealand entrepreneur, we can enjoy bacon in yet another form. There is no halal certification on this product. It is 100% nectar of the gods because it is spreadable bacon, otherwise known as bacon jam.

Spreadable bacon cooked up in a Papamoa kitchen is taking New Zealand by storm after former truck driver turned barbecue king Mike Jeffries stumbled on a winning idea.

“It’s really taken off, I’m quite overwhelmed,” he said.

Mr Jeffries was enjoying the hospitality of Americans at a bourbon, beer and barbecue festival last year when a jar of bacon jam grabbed his attention.

It tasted good enough to convince him that he could find a market back home for this seemingly unlikely spread.

Mr Jeffries started experimenting with ingredients including maple syrup, coffee, onions and a generous quantity of bacon.

“It took a few goes, the guy did not give me his recipe.”

The release of Big Smoke BBQ’s version of bacon jam was given a massive boost when it was put to the taste test on TV’s prime-time show Seven Sharp.

It also featured as product of the week in New Zealand’s restaurant and cafe industry newsletter.

All of sudden a dribble of sales turned into a torrent, so much so that when Mr Jeffries was not busy catering for functions using his custom-made barbecues, he is cooking up his meat rubs, barbecue sauce and bacon jam.

His bacon jam is handmade in batches of 300 to 400 jars a day – even the labels are painstakingly applied by hand.

Mr Jeffries likes it with burgers, cheese toasties, pancakes and as a topping for bacon and eggs.

“It is different from anything else on the market as far as I am aware.”

The unlikely location for the manufacturing side of business was the registered kitchen in the sports and recreation centre on Gordon Spratt Reserve.

Tauranga chef Peter Blakeway said he would give bacon jam a go. “It sounds fun.”

… Pig meat was quite sweet, which was why bacon combined well with toppings like maple syrup.


The Big Smoke BBQ Company's Bacon Jam is handmade in their Papamoa registered kitchen.

The Big Smoke BBQ Company’s Bacon Jam is handmade in their Papamoa registered kitchen.

If you would like to turn your hand at making bacon jam yourself, here is one of the many recipes for it available on the internet.

Ingredients for Bacon Jam-

Ingredients for Bacon Jam-

instructions on how to make bacon

instructions on how to make bacon

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