Bacon/ Finger Food

Bacon Jam

September 28, 2018 (Last Updated: February 27, 2019)

If you’ve never tried Bacon Jam before your life is about to change for the better. Spread it on toast, chuck it in a grilled cheese or even on a burger!

But for real, I can’t remember my life pre bacon jam and quite frankly I don’t wish to remember either. It’s literally my go-to addition for just about anything. My favourite combination being me, a spoon and a jar of bacon jam.

Canned Bacon Jam with the lid off

For somebody with a prominent savoury tooth bacon jam is perfect. A little sweet, a little salty and a whole lot of tasty. Ew that was cringe sorry.

My point is bacon jam is the perfect balance of everything. It’s all about creating layers of flavour, not just about making sweet bacon. Here, let’s take a peek at the ingredients:

Bacon Jam Ingredients

  • Bacon
  • Onion
  • Brown Sugar
  • Maple Syrup
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Strong Brewed Coffee
  • Bourbon

Okay, let’s address the 2 elephants in the room

1. Coffee

Honestly I don’t really like coffee, but it truly works in bacon jam. It’s not overpowering in the slightest and gives a gorgeous depth of flavour to the jam. I’ve tested bacon jam with coffee and without, the difference is very noticeable!

2. Bourbon

Because bacon and bourbon is a match made in heaven. You actually end up burning off most of the alcohol so it isn’t too strong, but still gives a gently buzz to the jam.

Bacon Jam on bread and butter

When it comes to making bacon jam it’s all about cooking low and slow to really develop the flavours.

Best thing is it’s all done in one pan. Let’s take a look:

How to make Bacon Jam

  1. Fry bacon until it crisps, then remove from pan.
  2. Slowly caramelize your onions until golden and sticky.
  3. Add maple syrup and brown sugar.
  4. Stir in your vinegars, bourbon and coffee.
  5. Add bacon back in.
  6. Fry until a syrupy texture.

After that it’s just a case of adapting it to your texture preference. I usually pop it in a food processor and blitz a few times until slightly smooth but still textured.

How to make Bacon Jam - step by step

How to use Bacon Jam

When it comes to using bacon jam, like I said earlier it truly goes with everything. Well, nearly everything that is. Here’s some ideas:

  • Cheese and Crackers
  • Stuffed Chicken Breasts
  • Bread/Croissants and butter
  • Burger Filling
  • Grilled Cheese

Personal favourite of mine has to be a grilled cheese with some nice sharp cheddar to cut through the sweetness!

Whilst you’re here, check out my other bacon recipes!

Bacon Jam Grilled Cheese with jar in the background

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How to make Bacon Jam (Full Recipe & Video)

Canned Bacon Jam with the lid off

Bacon Jam

If you've never tried Bacon Jam before your life is about to change for the better. Spread it on toast, chuck it in a grilled cheese or even on a burger!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Breakfast / Brunch
Cuisine: Jam
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 1 cups
Calories: 451kcal

Ingredients (check list):

  • 1lb / 500g Bacon, chopped
  • 1 large White Onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup / 50g Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup / 60ml Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup / 60ml Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup / 60ml Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup / 60ml Strong Brewed Coffee
  • 1/4 cup / 60ml Bourbon
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste


  • Cook your bacon over medium heat until it crisps then remove from pan. If there is a considerable amount of fat then remove from the pan as well. A max of around 1 tbsp bacon fat should be left.
  • Turn the heat to low and begin frying your onions. You want to fry them for a good 20-25mins to caramelize them and bring out as much sweetness as possible. If they begin to brown/char the heat is too high. Stir occasionally until deep golden and sticky.
  • Crank back up to a medium heat and stir in your sugar, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, bourbon and coffee, then add your bacon. Allow to reduce until some of the liquid soaks up and becomes sticky. Test for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  • Pop in a food processor and blitz until desired texture.

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Storage - You can keep it in an airtight jar for up to a week (or longer at your discretion). It's best served straight away, but if you do keep it in the fridge then let it come to room temperature again otherwise it'll be too hard. It also may have white patches on it, this is the bacon fat. Once you bring it to room temp these will disappear.
b) Consistency - For a runnier jam add a little water before you begin reducing.
c) Calories - Based on 1/4 cup of jam.


Nutrition Facts
Bacon Jam
Amount Per Serving
Calories 451 Calories from Fat 295
% Daily Value*
Fat 32.76g50%
Saturated Fat 0.012g0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.007g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.006g
Sodium 400mg17%
Potassium 522mg15%
Carbohydrates 22.73g8%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 20.22g22%
Protein 10.8g22%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    Charlotte Harrold
    December 17, 2019 at 12:55 am

    I’ve made bacon jam before and processed it to a very fine texture … put it in a sealed container in the fridge – it kept for some months in the fridge and I used this whenever I was making a casserole/stew to add depth flavour. Totally yummy way to have it. Need to process half to the fine texture and half to a chunky jammy texture so you can have your jam, and cook with it as well.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      December 17, 2019 at 10:05 am

      Oh I’ll have to chuck it in a stew next time, sounds awesome! 🙂

  • Reply
    DeDe Harrington
    March 4, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Sounds amazing! Can you can process it for a longer shelf like?

    • Reply
      March 5, 2019 at 9:58 am

      Hey DeDe! Honestly, I’ve never left it longer than a week, so I couldn’t definitively tell you how long it would last. But, it’s packed with a fair amount of salt and sugar, so as long as it’s in an airtight container in the fridge a little longer!

    • Reply
      March 11, 2019 at 7:53 am

      Hi DeDe, the FDA does not approve the canning of the bacon jam. According to them you cannot process it at home with enough heat & pressure. It’s only recommended in professional canning businesses. It does keep for a good amount of time in the fridge. I’ve had mine for a couple of months almost

  • Reply
    September 28, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    5 stars
    this looks amazing! I need it in my life

    • Reply
      October 1, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      You totally gotta try it!

  • Reply
    Catherine Brown
    September 28, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    5 stars
    I bet these flavors together are fantastic! I can also see using this to make Brie en Croute over the holidays…. yum!

    • Reply
      October 1, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      Mmmmmm that’d be so good with Brie en Croute!!

  • Reply
    September 28, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    5 stars
    This looks absolutely incredible! I love your photos and all those flavors added. You had me at caramelizing the onions. Yum!

    • Reply
      October 1, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      Caramelized onions make everything better right!?

  • Reply
    September 28, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    5 stars
    Well this looks like a perfect Christmas present for some of my people! Holy wow! Who doesn’t love bacon?…and now bacon jam? Take my money!! Pinning, sharing, bookmarking…all the things 🙂

    • Reply
      October 1, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      I didn’t even think about Christmas prezzies! What an awesome idea! 🙂

  • Reply
    September 28, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    5 stars
    You had me at bacon- what an amazing recipe!! I can’t wait to make this and share (or not if I eat it all myself) with my family!

    • Reply
      October 1, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      Haha, it’s harder to share than you think!

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