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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
Keyword: Bacon Jam, How to make bacon jam
Servings: 12 oz
Calories: 398kcal


  • 2 pounds Bacon
  • 1 1/2 cups of chopped Vidalia onion
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced or 3 TBS garlic paste
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 2 TBS balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 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 1/2 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: 12g | Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 508mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg