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The BEST Homemade Food Gifts Bacon Jam - Easy to make and adds such dimension to vegetables, sandwiches, burgers and more! Makes a great food gift!
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Recipe for Bacon Jam

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 oz
Calories: 135kcal
Author: Colleen Kennedy


  • 2 pounds of Hatfield Thick Cut Bacon
  • 1 1/2 cups of chopped Vidalia onion
  • 2 1/2 TBS garlic paste or 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 2 TBS balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup 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


  • Cut your bacon into 3/4 inch pieces and cook until crisp, stirring it around often.
  • Drain all but 1/2 TBS or so of the bacon grease out.
  • Add in the onions and saute for about 6 minutes.
  • Next, add in the garlic paste (preferred) or garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes, stirring the whole time.
  • Add in brown sugar, vinegar and water. Stir and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Add in Thyme sprigs and pepper and continue simmering, stirring often, for 10 minutes, 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 chunkier.
  • 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 to thick.


Serving: 12g | Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 295mg | Sugar: 15g