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Bacon Jam

September 28, 2018 (Last Updated: February 19, 2020) by Chris Collins

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!

Canned Bacon Jam with the lid off on wooden block

Homemade Bacon Jam

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. Here’s what you’ll need:

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…

Bacon Jam with Coffee

Coffee and meat in general is an underrated combo, and it 100% 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!

I don’t like coffee, should I still use it?

I don’t like coffee either! This is one of the few circumstances I’ll use it. You can’t distinctively taste the coffee, it just deepens the flavour.

Bacon Jam with Bourbon

Bacon and bourbon is a match made in heaven. It gives a gently buzz to the jam.

I don’t drink/like bourbon, can I sub it?

Same as above, I’m not personally a fan of bourbon by itself, but in this context it I wouldn’t go without it. Most of the alcohol will burn off, but if for whatever reason you don’t drink then just sub a little extra water or beef stock.

Bacon Jam on bread and butter with baguette blurred in the background

Making Bacon Jam

Making bacon jam is actually incredibly easy. All you need is a large frying pan and a food processor. Most of the jam is made in the pan, the food processor just gives you the texture.

Tips for the BEST Bacon Jam

  • Bacon Fat – You’ll want to fry the bacon at no higher heat than a medium, just to render out as much fat as possible. From there, just remove excess fat, leaving around 1 tbsp in the pan.
  • Caramelized Onions – Cook the onions low and slow to tickle out as much natural sweetness as possible. Caramelized onions will offer better flavour and texture for the jam.
  • Coffee and Bourbon – As discussed 😉

How to make Bacon Jam (quick summary)

  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 then pulse in food processor.

How to make Bacon Jam - step by step

How to store Bacon Jam

Bacon jam is best served fresh, but you can allow the jam to cool and keep it in an airtight jar in the fridge. You will find that once it cools, small white dots will appear – this is the fat. Once it comes back up to room temp they will disappear (with a quick stir).

How long does bacon jam keep in the fridge?

I usually keep it in the fridge for no longer than a week, but you can leave it longer at your discretion. The jam is packed with a fair bit of salt and sugar so 2-4 weeks should be fine if it’s kept airtight and at fridge temperature.

Canning Bacon Jam

The FDA does not approve the canning of the bacon jam at home. This is due to not being processed with enough heat and pressure. Thank you, Bea in the comments for this info!

What can I use Bacon Jam for?

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

If you love bacon in a sweet context then definitely check out my maple bacon grilled cheese and cranberry bacon brie grilled cheese! If you’re looking for more bacon recipes then check these out too:

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into this bacon jam recipe shall we?!

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 cup
Calories: 451kcal
Cost per serving: £1 / $1

Equipment:

  • Large, Deep Frying Pan
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Food Processor
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board

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

Instructions:

  • Cook 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 onion in the leftover fat. 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 heat back up to a medium heat and stir in sugar, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, bourbon and coffee, then add back in 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. Serve immediately or store and serve at room temp (see notes).

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) How to store Bacon Jam - 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) Pan Heat - Important to fry the bacon at no higher than a medium heat. This will help render down as much fat as possible (just pour out what's not needed). With the same token it's important to fry the onions on a low to tickle out as much natural sweetness as possible. Don't rush either of these, it's worth the patience!
c) Consistency of Bacon Jam - For a runnier jam add a little water before you begin reducing down the liquids.
d) I don't like coffee, do I have to add it? - I don't like or drink coffee either, this is one of the only contexts I'll ever use it. You don't distinctively taste the coffee, but it gives a gorgeous deep background flavour, so I highly recommend using it.
e) I don't like bourbon, do I have to add it? - Same again, neither do I on it's own. Here it adds a very gentle but delicious tangy background kick. Most, if not all of the alcohol will burn off, but if for whatever reason you can't drink alcohol just leave it out (add a dash of water/beef stock to thin out in replacement as needed).
f) Calories - Based on 1/4 cup of jam.

Nutrition:

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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15 Comments

  • 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
      Chris
      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
      Bea
      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
    rebecca
    September 28, 2018 at 10:28 pm

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

    • Reply
      Chris
      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
      Chris
      October 1, 2018 at 2:03 pm

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

  • Reply
    Tara
    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
      Chris
      October 1, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      Caramelized onions make everything better right!?

  • Reply
    Traci
    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
      Chris
      October 1, 2018 at 2:02 pm

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

  • Reply
    Katie
    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
      Chris
      October 1, 2018 at 2:01 pm

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

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