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This Bacon Jam Recipe is a bacon lover's dream! This delicious bacon jam can transform so many things. I mean, bacon is one of my top joys in life... I know I am not alone on that, right??

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When I was a kid growing up in Philly, I would often stay overnight at my Grammy's. When I woke she would give me all the bacon I could eat. ALL-the-bacon-I-could-eat!

As the oldest of 5 kids growing up in Philly, THAT was monumental!

At home, I could maybe snag 3 strips... if I was lucky! I still smile at the thought of those lazy weekend mornings at my Grammy's...and all of that glorious bacon. Food memories are some of my favorite memories!

Bacon makes everything better or so the saying goes. BUT this Bacon Jam Recipe...really, really does!

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Besides burgers, what do I put bacon jam on?

IF you can stop yourself from gobbling this up spoonful after spoonful... you will love it spread on:

  • hot biscuits
  • place atop a round or wedge of warmed Brie or Camembert cheese (so incredible)
  • toast
  • eggs
  • steamed or sautéed veggies
  • pancakes
  • BLT'S
  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • burgers (I mean...OMG!!!)
  • pierogis and so much more!

The list can go on and on! Homemade Bacon Jam is a fantastic offering to put out for a Burger Bar at a BBQ.

Why you will love this recipe

Besides being a fabulous topping for burgers, vegetables, biscuits eggs and more. Homemade Bacon Jam is an amazing food gift during the holiday season (or any time of the year).

Make a batch for you and one for a friend, scrape it into a 4, 6 or 8 oz. jar, wrap some ribbon around it, attach the recipe and you will have a happy friend or loved one.

I'm all about food gifts. You can view my best homemade food gifts post for even more options.

I would totally be your BFF if you gifted me with a jar of Bacon Jam!

What bacon should I use to make Bacon Jam?

Of course, the number one ingredient is BACON. It's the most important ingredient and my favorite bacon to date is Hatfield bacon (AND they are local to me).

Hatfield is a 120-year-old business. Before the roads had cars on them, Hatfield was delivering meats to the doors of Pennsylvanians. Today, they produce quality meats for far more than just Pennsylvania.

Turn bacon into Bacon Jam.

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Ingredients for Bacon Jam

  • Bacon
  • Vidalia onion
  • Garlic
  • Brown sugar
  • Sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Water(you could also add in a TBS or two of bourbon vs water)
  • Fresh thyme
  • Black pepper
  • Optional: Cayennered pepper / maple syrup
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Bacon Jam is not one of those things you can walk away from as it cooks. Taste as you go and adjust to your liking. Once you make this a couple of times, it's a piece of cake. Soon it'll be a signature dish or food gift of yours.


  • If you want a more sticky gooey jam, add in a ½ cup to 1 cup of fig jam after you remove what you made from the heat, just stir until its mixed in. It complements the bacon perfectly. I have made this both with and without.
  • The addition of the fig jam makes the Bacon Jam sweeter. You can counter that (if you wish) by adding in some Cayenne pepper, which I do in the written recipe. I typically like some heat.
  • The trick to making it is having your ingredients prepped and organized and then as the mixture cooks down into jam that you pay attention to taste and texture. You don't want it to burn.


Store in a mason Jar for up to a week. I like to gently reheat this before using.

Love Bacon as much as I do? Try one of my top 6 Bacon dishes:

  1. Bacon Cheese Jalapeno Quick Bread!
  2. Glazed Bacon Wrapped Sausage Bites
  3. Grilled Bacon Wrapped Chicken Skewers
  4. Steamed Green Beans With Bacon Jam
  5. Sriracha Candied Bacon (Pig Candy)
  6. Grilled Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Chipotle Glaze

This recipe originally published on December 13, 2016. Updated April 26, 2022, to reflect changes in the recipe which I think make it better and easier.

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Enjoy! -Colleen

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Colleen Kennedy

This Bacon Jam recipe makes an amazing food gift. use it as an appetizer and top a baked Brie or crostini. Spread onto toast. avocado toast or add a dollop to your fried eggs or avocado toast. I also love it atop green beans and burgers! So many uses.

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 30 minutes mins

Total Time 40 minutes mins

Course Appetizer

Cuisine American

Servings 12 oz

Calories 398 kcal


  • 2 pounds Bacon
  • 1 ½ cups of chopped Vidalia onion
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced or 3 TBS garlic paste
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 2 TBS balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup water (you could also add in a TBS or two of bourbon vs water)
  • 6 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Black pepper
  • Optional: a couple of dashes Cayenne red pepper IF you like heat and sometimes I add in 2 TBS of maple syrup towards the end


  • Chop your bacon and cook until almost crisp, stirring it around often.

  • Drain all but ½ TBS or so of the bacon grease out.

  • Add in the onions and sauté for about 5 minutes.

  • Next, add in the garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, stirring the whole time.

  • Add in brown sugar, vinegars and water. Stir and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

  • Add in Thyme sprigs and pepper and continue simmering another few minutes, stirring often, being careful not to burn.

  • Taste and adjust seasoning to your preference if necessary.

  • Remove Thyme sprigs and allow the mixture to cool.

  • You can then pulse the jam a few times in your food processor for a finer jam or leave it as is. Up to you.

  • Once completely cool, store in airtight jars in your refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

  • Heat it up a bit to enjoy on whatever you like. If you need to after reheating adding a TBS or so of water if the jam is too thick.


You can tinker withy the flavors in the easy to make condiment. Add in some minced jalapenos if you enjoy spicy. Add in a TBS or two of Bourbon (in place of part of the water) for a different flavor.

Swap out shallots for onions, change up the type of vinegar you use etc. Make it your own.


Serving: 12gCalories: 398kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 10gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 508mgPotassium: 212mgFiber: 1gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 28IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg

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What is the bacon jam made of? ›

Crisp salty bacon is simmered for hours with onions, maple syrup, brown sugar, and a couple of secret ingredients to create a soft, spreadable jam that's divine on crackers, toast, crostini or bruschetta, fresh vegetables, pita bread, new potatoes... the list goes on and on!

How long does homemade bacon jam last? ›

Bacon jam can be safely refrigerated for two to four weeks. Any amount that you keep in the fridge will need to be used within that length of time. You can store bacon jam in any refrigerator-safe container. Many bacon jam enthusiasts choose to use mason jars for aesthetic reasons.

What pairs well with bacon jam? ›

What To Pair With Maple Bacon Jam
  • Eggs. Upgrade your breakfast omelet by adding maple bacon jam. ...
  • Biscuits. You haven't had a real breakfast treat until you've cut open a hot, flakey, buttery biscuit and spooned some maple bacon jam into it. ...
  • Waffles. ...
  • BLT. ...
  • Burgers. ...
  • Cheeseboard. ...
  • Baconize All Your Favorite Foods with TBJ Gourmet.
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Does homemade bacon jam need to be refrigerated? ›

For safety, we strongly recommend that bacon jam be refrigerated for times suggested by the recipe (2-4 weeks) or that it be frozen for longer storage. Why is botulism such a big deal? Botulism is as serious as food poisoning gets. It can result in respiratory failure and death.

How is jam traditionally made? ›

Jams are thick, sweet spreads made by cooking crushed or chopped fruits with sugar. Jams tend to hold their shape but are generally less firm than jelly. Jellies are usually made by cooking fruit juice with sugar.

What if my bacon jam is too thick? ›

Note: If the jam cools and it's too thin, you can cook it a little longer. If it's too thick, you can add a splash of hot water or stock to thin it out.

What does bacon jam taste like? ›

Depending on which bacon you use, it may taste like barbecue sauce. But it's usually a little sweeter. The taste of bacon jam is fantastic because, although it is salty, it is also sweet at the same time. It can even feel like maple syrup.

Why is my bacon jam not thickening? ›

To achieve a thick texture, all of the liquids need time to reduce. Make sure you're cooking your bacon jam without a lid over your Dutch oven, so your bacon jam can evaporate. If it's still not thick enough, it just needs more time.

Who invented bacon jam? ›

In 2015, Martin and Suzie Cowley of Wales claimed to have invented Bacon Jam, however, Chef Mike Oraschewsky stated they started making Bacon Jams since 2013. Josh Henderson of Skillet Street Foods has been selling Bacon Jam as of 2010.

How does Martha Stewart make bacon? ›

Bake the bacon in a 400°F oven until well-browned and crisp, this should take between 15 and 18 minutes depending on the thickness of your bacon. To follow Martha's method to a T, you'll need to rotate the sheet pan halfway through.

What is Carls Jr bacon jam? ›

The jam combines bacon pieces, balsamic vinegar, caramelized onions and molasses, and according to Brad Haley, the chief marketing officer for Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, the bacon jam is the true winner of the new burger.

What bread is best with jam? ›

Bread. Let's start with the most obvious choice and certainly one of the favorites: jam on bread. Literally, any kind of bread becomes delicious with a touch of jam. Make your jam sandwich with white bread but also try challah or French brioche.

Does bacon jam taste good? ›

Sweet, succulent, and tangy, bacon jam is the perfect condiment to stash in your kitchen. Whether it's store-bought or homemade, there are several ways to use this flavor-packed spread. What is bacon jam, exactly? While there's no fruit pectin, this bacon spread is every bit as jammy as its fruity counterparts.

What is uncured bacon jam used for? ›

Spread it on a burger, brie or crusty bread. PBJ, BLT, grilled cheese. Mix it into a potato salad. You'll see.

What is the white stuff bacon packet? ›

This white residue is water that has been added in the curing process. It shouldn't be there if you buy dry cured.

What is bacon onion jam made of? ›

  1. ¾pound slab bacon, diced into cubes.
  2. 4medium-size white or Spanish onions, peeled and diced.
  3. 1½teaspoons mustard seed.
  4. 2½tablespoons dark brown sugar.
  5. ¼cup balsamic vinegar.
  6. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

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