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Bacon Jam Recipe

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I love bacon. It was one of the few things I would eat as a picky child, much to the dismay of my mom. (Other choice items included plain white rice and Coco Pebbles). If they had bacon jam back in the day, you better believe that it would have been one of my staples. Bacon is one of those things that makes everything better. I can only imagine how this would taste in a BLT. Extra bacon? Yes, please!

I adapted this recipe from one I found on Martha Stewart. There are quite a few bacon jam recipes out there but most of them have ten gazillion ingredients. For the sake of simplicity, I cut out the coffee, which I imagine would have added a bit of complexity. Instead I tossed in some red chill flakes, because bacon’s great on it’s own, but add some spice and it’s twice as nice.

I am meaty, I am jammy: I AM BACON JAM!

Bacon Jam Recipe adapted from marthastewart.com
yield: half a cup

  • 1/2 pound bacon, finely chopped
    1/2 small onion, diced
    2 cloves of garlic, crushed
    2 tablespoons brown sugar
    2 tablespoons cider vinegar
    2 tablespoons maple syrup
    1 tablespoon red chili flakes

In a medium saucepan, cook the bacon over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until crispy and lightly browned. Transfer the bacon to a paper-towel lined plate. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon bacon drippings. Add onions, crushed garlic and chill flakes. Cook until onions are translucent. Add vinegar, brown sugar, maple syrup and bring to boil, stirring and scraping up the browned bits. Add the bacon back in a simmer on low heat until liquid is syrupy and thick, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a food processor and pulse. Enjoy on everything! Keeps in the fridge for 4 weeks.

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22 Commentsadd yours

  1. How long would something like this last in the fridge?

  2. Looks like that jam found a home on some rainforest crackers. I just made those the other day because they were CRAZY expensive at Whole Foods.

    I’ve made jam, I’ve made bacon, but never the two together. This might be interesting.

  3. my kids would kiss my feet if i made this…thanks for sharing

  4. Can this be canned and conserved for a longer time?

    • Hi Max,

      I’m not too sure as I haven’t tried it. I think making it in smaller quantities instead of holding it for a long time would be better though.

  5. this looks glorious. Is there any way to make this sugar-free?

    • I haven’t made it sugar free, but I think maybe honey would work.

      • I’ll bet you could make it sugar-free, or at least reduce the sugar significantly by using Agave syrup, a touch of molasses, and some maple flavoring. I can’t eat much sugar, so I’ll try it out and let you know!

  6. hi…i love your photos…i love your recipes and i LOVE bacon jam! i didn’t use your method but i just made spicy bacon, kalamata fig and shallot jam this morning…AND i think i would be delicious with your coddled egg in the glass jar recipe…YUM. i’ll try that next weekend. thanks for all the great recipes, ideas and photos

  7. This year, I tackle bacon jam. It’s been on my “to try” list for too long. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I made this and have to say, the amount of chilli flakes in this is unnecessary! We love spicy food in my house, but a full tbsp of chilli flakes in this small quantity of jam does not work at all for us. To add to the chilli flake troubles, when you add the cider vinegar to this while it is cooking – WATCH OUT. Creates a “poisonous fume” according to my boyfriend. We had to open all our windows in the middle of a -25 evening to air it out, no one could breathe!

    Long story short, this would work much better with MAYBE 1tsp chilli flakes, but honestly, I will omit completely the next time I make this and instead substitute with 1 tsp rooster sauce.

  9. Hmm hard as a rock when cold

  10. i’d recommend adding coffee and, to the final product, lemon zest

  11. urmm..I’ve never heard of bacon jam before but it sounds
    ah-mazing!! So can you please tell me how to actually eat it? Not eat as in open your mouth and put it in, but how would you use it? As a dip or a sauce or a sandwich spread?? Thankeee

  12. One good use for bacon jam is as a topping on a steak. I ordered a rib eye at a great restaurant last night, and it arrived with bacon onion relish on top. Was incredibly good… I found your recipe here while searching for something like I had last night. I think this recipe is probably pretty close… Though they did not use a food processor as the onions were still in their original form. Will definitely try this and make a few tweaks in the hopes of recreating the relish I had last night.

  13. can i use rice vinegar instead cider vinegar thanks

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