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Throw out those other recipes, because there isn’t a Bacon Jam around that can compete with this deliciousness!
The Best Damn Bacon Jam Recipe (1)That’s right folk, you heard it from me first!

This really is the best damn bacon jam, I promise. No weird ingredients like coffee, or mustard, or whatever else people are using to make bacon jam.

Oh no, we aren’t doing that here. I took my ingredient cues from the original bacon jam, Skillet Bacon Jam.

The Best Damn Bacon Jam Recipe (2)If you’ve ever checked out the ingredients list on the label, you’ll see there are literally very few ingredients.

And for good reason, too. You just don’t need them. Seriously. Even though this recipe is all about the bacon, it is also all about the onions.

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What do you mean, it’s all about the onions?

Onions are just…onions. What is so damn special about the onions?

Well, it’s because they are caramelized, of course! Perfectly caramelized onions are what makes this bacon jam so damn bacon jammy delicious.

Caramelized onions are a labor of love. But not so much labor, because they are really easy to make. It just takes time, and patience, which can be hard when they smell so so good.

In general, onions take about an hour to caramelize, and you check them maybe every ten minutes, to give them a good stir and scrape up the black bits that form on the bottom of the pan. That stuff is flavor gold, so you need it.

I used sweet yellow onions for this recipe, but you can opt for regular yellow onions if you please, they still caramelize great, but won’t be quite as sweet as the sweet yellows.

Look at them, turning all delicious. Even my onion poo-poo’ers love them. I will convert them, I will!

Once the onions are caramelized, you deglaze the pan with a little balsamic vinegar, scraping up the rest of the black bits and anything else in the pan. Then I add some more balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and salt, and stir them up to make a thick, dense mixture.

This mixture will be blended with the bacon that’s just waiting to be made into bacon jam. Try not to eat all the bacon like I did. It is a sad day to be out of bacon whilst making bacon jam.

I put everything in a blender, but I have a feeling my food processor would have gotten the job done faster.

This will be a thick and goopy mixture, so it will take a little time to get blended down. You can stop at any point when you feel you’re satisfied with the texture.

Chunky, or smoother, either way is delish!The Best Damn Bacon Jam Recipe (8)Use it in the same manner as regular jam, just with a savory taste instead. And absolutely, positively, promise me you will try it with some grilled cheese. Bacon Jam Grilled Cheese. It’s a life-changer, my friends.

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The Best Damn Bacon Jam

You won't find anything strange in this stunning and flavorful Bacon Jam, just caramelized onions, bacon, and a few not-so-secret ingredients, so get ready to indulge in those best bacon dreams and get cooking!

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Course: Spreads

Cuisine: American

Servings: 8

Calories: 450kcal

Author: Karly Gomez



  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay the bacon slices out in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 14 minutes, or until the bacon is nice and crispy. Lay out on paper towels to drain and set aside, reserving 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease.

  • Add the bacon grease to a large skillet and heat over medium, medium low heat, then add the onions and stir around to coat with the bacon grease. Allow to slowly cook for an hour, checking every ten minutes or so to stir and scrape up any black bits that form on the bottom of the pan.

  • Once the onions are a dark golden brown color, deglaze the pan with the 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, scraping the pan as the vinegar dissolves. Add the remaining balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, salt, and pepper and stir until a thick glaze forms, around 5 minutes.

  • Add the onion mixture and bacon to a food processor and pulse until the desired consistency forms. Scoop the bacon jam into a jar and devour immediately, or refrigerate until future use. Use within one week.


Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 1310mg | Potassium: 250mg | Sugar: 12g

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Originally Posted: August 16, 2015. Updated August 13, 2018.

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  1. Patricia McDaniels says

    The Best Damn Bacon Jam Recipe (12)
    This is the best recipe for bacon jam I have ever made. It is easy with simple ingredients. The instructions are minimal and the results are terrific. This is the third time I made this jam and I had about a tablespoon of real maple syrup in the fridge so I emptied the syrup into it and it was even better! Simply heavenly.


  2. Patricia McDaniels says

    The Best Damn Bacon Jam Recipe (13)
    This is the best recipe for bacon jam I have ever made. It is easy with simple ingredients. The instructions are minimal and the results are terrific. This is the third time I made this jam and I had about a tablespoon of real maple syrup in the fridge so I emptied the syrup into it and it was even better! My favorite way to use bacon jam is to add it to refried beans. Simply heavenly.


  3. David Bender says

    This recipe is outstanding it is not just the best damn BACON jam. It is the best damn jam I have ever had period!!!


  4. Ray says

    The Best Damn Bacon Jam Recipe (14)
    This is pretty close to my recipe, except I add some of those “weird” ingredients. Specifically Chili Powder, Paprika, Maple Syrup, and Bourbon.


  5. Dave says

    The Best Damn Bacon Jam Recipe (15)
    Just made a batch taste great very nice recipe very easy to make I’m using on a tomato & cheddar sandwich toasted or grilled Muti grain bread


  6. Janet says

    What size jelly jars 4 or 8oz!


  7. Dotty says

    I made this recipe again and shared it with two other people. They loved it. Try it on a grilled cheese. Delicious!


    • Ray says

      Try it on a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich and you’ll see why Elvis got so fat.


  8. Scott says

    The Best Damn Bacon Jam Recipe (16)
    This tastes just like everyone else’s complaints about other recipes ! May as well have saved the time and made a batch of sloppy Joes …. What a waste of time and bacon blechhh


    • Josh says

      I just made this, it was delicious until I added the bacon. I’m a bacon lover, but it over powered this sweet balsamic onion jam.


  9. Cheryll says

    Can this be frozen or canned?


  10. Joe says

    The Best Damn Bacon Jam Recipe (17)
    I just made this for Christmas 2021 to accompany a Sous Vide Beef Shank and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes. I chose to use a large dice pepper bacon instead of putting in a food processor. It was excellent!

    5 days later I reheated and served with a seared salmon, flavor was amazing and so smokey and rich. This is now my number one condiment which I am calling a Caramelized onion, Bacon slaw!


  11. Dotty says

    The Best Damn Bacon Jam Recipe (18)
    I have made this multiple times and shared it with my sister. My niece suggested to try it on a grilled cheese sandwich and it was delicious.


  12. Donna Irelan says

    How much does this make?


  13. Frieda Huntley says

    The Best Damn Bacon Jam Recipe (19)
    WOW! I added to a turkey, provolone on ciabatta. The whole family loved it!


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How long will homemade bacon jam keep? ›

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.

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.

What pairs well with bacon jam? ›

Our list of things we want to use this jam in is ever-growing. Here are just a few to get you started: warm potato salad, grilled asparagus, fresh tomatoes, panzanella, grilled cheese, crackers and goat cheese, spinach salad, a spoon, fresh garden peas, scrambled eggs, bagels and cream cheese...

How long does bacon jam keep for? ›

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.

Is homemade jam good after 5 years? ›

Shelf Life of Homemade Jam

Typically, homemade jam will last around 6 to 12 months when unopened and stored properly. Once opened, it should be consumed within 1 to 3 months to ensure the best taste and quality.

Can a jam last for 6 months without putting it into fridge? ›

According to the USDA, an unopened jar of jam or jelly can be stored in the pantry for up to 12 months. This long shelf-life is due to the sugar content in the product, which acts like a preservative, says Lee.

Does lemon juice thicken jam? ›

I do occasionally add a satchel of lemon wedges to a jam when I know there is likely to be lower amounts of pectin, like with strawberries. This helps add extra pectin that the berries don't have, but in lower amounts than if I were adding commercial pectin.

What is the best thickener for jam? ›

Add pectin.

While this trick won't work for jam recipes that already call for pectin, adding pectin to a loose batch of jam while re-cooking it almost guarantees that the jam with set back up nicely. Whisk a tablespoon of powdered pectin (preferably the no-sugar-needed variety) into the pot of cooking jam.

What is a substitute for pectin? ›

Pectin Substitute

Cornstarch - Another plant-based thickening agent, cornstarch is a great substitute for pectin. Gelatin - For non-vegan menu items, you can substitute gelatin for pectin, but it will yield a different consistency.

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.

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 hot bacon jam? ›

Roasted red pepper puree, jalapeno peppers and real bacon combine to create an addictive jam. For a quick appetizer, pour over cream cheese and serve with crackers. Use straight out of the jar as a dip. Pairs perfectly with strong cheeses.

Do you butter your toast before you put jam on it? ›

But, common sense says toast is warm, so butter it first so it can melt and soak in a bit. Then add your jelly or jam. If you like lots of butter and want it the same consistency as the jam and jelly, do it last after the toast has cooled.

What is the best jam for toast? ›

8 Jams and Spreads to Slather on Homemade Bread
  1. Lemon Marmalade. ...
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  3. Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (The Best) ...
  4. Blood Orange Marmalade. ...
  5. Salted Butter Caramel Spread. ...
  6. Strawberry Jam (The Best) ...
  7. Marshmallow Spread. ...
  8. Pistachio and White Chocolate Spread.

Do you put butter and jam on toast or just jam? ›

The toast needs to be spread liberally with butter, but the jam should be a 1-2mm screed across the top. No pools, no lumps, no hillocks. If you overdo it, the jam will create an overbearingly sweet mouthful. The flavour should be butter, underpinned by toast, the jam a restrained spritz of fruity sweetness up top.

What is bacon jam made of? ›

What is bacon jam? Bacon jam is a spreadable condiment made from bacon, onions, brown sugar, vinegar, and maple syrup. The bacon is fried until crispy then mixed with the other ingredients and cooked down until the mixture becomes thick and spreadable.

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