Smoky Bourbon Peach Jam

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Last Updated on July 9, 2022 by Chef Mireille

Bourbon Peach Jam

This pectin free smoky peach jam with fresh vanilla bean, bourbon and brown sugar is so good in both savory dishes or on your morning toast.

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Do you make your own jam?

Why not? Do you think it’s more trouble than it’s worth. Boiling bottles, finding pectin and all that…Well that is so not necessary if you make small batch jam for personal use.

One bottle, stored in the refrigerator, can last for months. So it’s time to start making your own jam, if you haven’t already!

It’s a great way to preserve seasonal fruit and impart jams with flavors of your preference. All of my jams are pectin free and imparted with unique flavors. Make your own gourmet jam at home and save some money in the process.

When stone fruits are in season, this is a delicious way to preserve summer peaches.

The bourbon, vanilla, ginger and brown sugar make this jam result in a smoky, aromatic flavor that is delicious in savory dishes. Although I used pumpkin jam in the original recipe, you can also use this peach jam to make these AMAZING Pork Chops!

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Recipe FAQ

How do I peel the peaches?

Peaches, especially cling form peaches cannot be peeled without blanching.
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Place a small x with a sharp knife at the bottom of the peaches. Place in the boiling water and cook for about 3-4 minutes until you see the peach skin start to crack.
Immediately place in ice water to stop cooking.
The skin should just rub off with your fingers.

What is agar agar?

Agar Agar is a vegetarian gelatin powder. You can also substitute unflavored gelatin powder.

What if the jam is too thick once chilled?

Be careful not to overcook your jam. The jam will thicken when it chills so you want to stop cooking when it still looks somewhat thin.

If you do overcook the jam and the result is too thick, simply add water and mix until you get the desired consistency.

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After you see how easy it is to make this jam, I know you are going to want to make homemade jam a part of your regular repertoire. Check out some more recipes!

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After you make this jam, you’re going to think – BREAKFAST JUST GOT BETTER especially with Pogacha Yogurt Bread.

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Smoky Bourbon Peach Jam

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Continental
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 89kcal


  • 3 cups chopped peaches
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom water
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 teaspoon agar agar


  • Place chopped peaches with all its juices in a heavy bottomed pan.
  • Split the vanilla bean vertically and scrape out all the vanilla bean from the skin into the pot.
  • Add brown sugar, ginger, orange blossom water and bourbon to the pot.
  • Bring to a boil and cook on high heat for about 20-25 minutes until the jam starts to pull away from the pan a little.
  • Add agar agar. Cook on medium heat for another 5 minutes, until thickened and the jam separates when you run a spoon through it.
  • Chill and transfer to a glass jar.
  • Store in the refrigerator.


Yield: approximately 2 cups


Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 32mg | Sugar: 20g | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
Did you try this recipe? Leave a comment below.Please follow me on Instagram @chefmireille or tag me #chefmireille with your pics! I’d love to share them!


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bowl of jam with bread and text

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Reader Interactions


  1. I love the sound of the smoky savoury elements to this jam. I bet it’s lovely with ribs or smoked meats as well as on toast!

  2. I love adding alcohol to my jams! Last time I did a peach one I added sweet ice wine to it, which worked nicely. I love the suggestion of bourbon!

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