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Smoked Apricot Jam with Cherries soaked in Kirsch

post #1 of 9
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Howdy all!

 

This is one of my all time favorite things to make. I've made it many times and it is a luscious addition to smoked pork. I changed up my recipe a little this year because I cold smoked the apricots for 3 hours. I used my A-Maze-N smoker using apple dust. Apricots have a thin skin and take well to smoking. I bit in to one after smoking and could definitely taste a mild smoke flavor. After it was prepared you still get a hint of richness which I contribute to the smoke. The addition of the Kirsch soaked cherries takes it to a whole new level.

 

I will tell you this is not a cheap thing to make. These cherries are very expensive at 25.00 a jar and I used two jars in this batch! But because you use a small amount either as a glaze for pork or better yet to serve with the finished smoked pork, it's just incredible. This is something I give as gifts during the holidays too. My friends ask for it specifically.

 

I started with 4 lbs. of beautiful apricots I purchased from the farmer's market. I left the skins on, did a cold smoke for 3 hours then cut them into chunks.

 

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I drained my two jars of cherries and added them to the mix, put them on the stove to start a boil. I added a pinch of salt and scraped the seeds from a vanilla bean, added the seeds and then the whole pod to the mix.

 

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I added two packages of pectin to the mix and brought it to a rolling boil. I then added 7 cups of sugar, stirred constantly for a couple of minutes. It's done!

 

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I sterilized my jars in a water bath.

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Then I filled the jars, returned to the bath for ten minutes. It's all done. It is a savory sweet that adds so much to a smoked pork!

 

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post #2 of 9

wow that looks wonderful and yummy

post #3 of 9



 

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Originally Posted by Squirrel View Post

Howdy all!

 

This is one of my all time favorite things to make. I've made it many times and it is a luscious addition to smoked pork. I changed up my recipe a little this year because I cold smoked the apricots for 3 hours. I used my A-Maze-N smoker using apple dust. Apricots have a thin skin and take well to smoking. I bit in to one after smoking and could definitely taste a mild smoke flavor. After it was prepared you still get a hint of richness which I contribute to the smoke. The addition of the Kirsch soaked cherries takes it to a whole new level.

 

I will tell you this is not a cheap thing to make. These cherries are very expensive at 25.00 a jar and I used two jars in this batch! But because you use a small amount either as a glaze for pork or better yet to serve with the finished smoked pork, it's just incredible. This is something I give as gifts during the holidays too. My friends ask for it specifically.

 

I started with 4 lbs. of beautiful apricots I purchased from the farmer's market. I left the skins on, did a cold smoke for 3 hours then cut them into chunks.

 

IMG_5642.jpg

 

 

 

I drained my two jars of cherries and added them to the mix, put them on the stove to start a boil. I added a pinch of salt and scraped the seeds from a vanilla bean, added the seeds and then the whole pod to the mix.

 

IMG_5691.jpg

 

 

IMG_5689.jpg

 

IMG_5695.jpg

 

 

I added two packages of pectin to the mix and brought it to a rolling boil. I then added 7 cups of sugar, stirred constantly for a couple of minutes. It's done!

 

IMG_5698.jpg

 

I sterilized my jars in a water bath.

IMG_5700.jpg

 

 

Then I filled the jars, returned to the bath for ten minutes. It's all done. It is a savory sweet that adds so much to a smoked pork!

 

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That looks killer! Expensive but killer!

post #4 of 9

I am going to have to recheck this thread when i get to work monday.  My current browser doesn't let me see full pics (and having trouble downloading another)  Anyway, thats neither here nor there. Let me just say:

 

HOLY MACKAREL!

The description sounds amazing and the parts of the pics I can view are mouthwatering!

 

As you have proven over and over, you are quite talented

post #5 of 9

Now this looks awesome there cheryl. You are still coming up with some of theses off the wall recipes for sure. I don't know where you are getting theses recipes but I want that book.

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thank you so much MrsB! and the rest of you guys! This is a special treat that I enjoy offering to friends and family. I forgot to mention that you do pull the vanilla bean out when it's done. And I got 13 jars, so the total cost is just under $6 a jar. Not too bad considering I give them as gifts! I do keep a few for my own pleasure and I'll make about two more batches. I have also done this with peaches and the cherries as well as pineapple and the cherries!

post #7 of 9

Wow that looks outstanding and I'll bet it all goes to good use!!!!!!!!

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Mark - this is my very own recipe. I generally do make up my recipes, but will give credit to any particular one I'm stealing from! Maybe I should write a book, Crazy Woman Smokes. Sounds good to me.

 

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 Maybe I should write a book, Crazy Woman Smokes. Sounds good to me.

 



How about Silly Woman Smokes with a Big Heart!! Your Recipes are always Awesome.

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