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Cherry Coke Braised Bacon

Recipe for slab bacon braised with cherry coke until it's a tender like ham. The cola glazes the bacon with a sweet crust that crisped under the broiler.
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Pork
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free

Ingredients

  • 2 - 3 pounds bacon slab of smoked with skin
  • 3 tablespoons cherry jam
  • 1/4 Cup cherries dried
  • 1 half vanilla bean split in lengthwise
  • 15 cloves whole
  • 1 Granny Smith apple peeled and sliced
  • 1 cabbage small head of cored and shredded

Instructions

  1. Put the bacon in a large bowl and cover with water. Put it in the fridge overnight to reduce the amount of salt.
  2. Put the rack in the lower position and preheat your oven to 275 degrees.
  3. Place the bacon into a heavy pot that it will fit snugly into (you may want to cut it into 2-3 smaller pieces). Add the jam, vanilla, cloves, and cherries and pour enough Coke over to cover the pork.
  4. Bring it to a boil over the stove, cover and put it in the oven until the meat is fork tender (about 3 1/2 to 4 hours).
  5. Remove the bacon from the braising liquid and place it skin-side up on a rack over a baking sheet and tent with foil.
  6. Skim off the fat from the braising liquid and strain half of it into a sauce pan. Boil this until it is a nice syrupy sauce.
  7. Put the cabbage and apples into the other half and simmer until both are tender about 30-40 minutes
  8. When you're ready to serve, move the rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 450 degrees. Uncover the bacon and put it in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the the skin is nice and crispy.
  9. Serve immediately with reduced braising liquid drizzled on top along with some of the braised cabbage and apples.

Notes:

Update: One thing to keep in mind, this is a lot of cola, so if you're having this as a late dinner, you might want to use caffeine free Coke.