Smoked Apricot Jam with Cherries soaked in Kirsch

Discussion in 'Canning & Storage' started by squirrel, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    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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  2. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    wow that looks wonderful and yummy
     
  3. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    That looks killer! Expensive but killer! [​IMG]
     
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  4. mrsb

    mrsb Smoking Fanatic

    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
     
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    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.
     
  6. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    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!
     
  7. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

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

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    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.
     
  9. How about Silly Woman Smokes with a Big Heart!! Your Recipes are always Awesome.
     
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2010

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