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A jar of bacon jam with a cheese board in the background.
Bacon Jam   
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
There are so many uses for this delicious bacon jam. The combination of bacon and caramelized onions slowly cooked with brown sugar and vinegar results in a tangy and sweet but savory thick bacon spread. It's perfect on cheese boards, baked potatoes, burgers, steaks, eggs, sandwiches and so much more!
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sauces
Servings: 32 Makes 2 Cups
Calories: 77 kcal
  • 1 pound bacon diced
  • 2 sweet onions diced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 parchment paper circle cut to fit your skillet
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • teaspoons fresh thyme divided
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until the bacon is crispy. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Drain away the bacon grease, leaving about 2 tablespoons in the skillet.
  2. Add the butter and onions to the skillet. Stir together to coat the onions with the fat and cook over low heat with a circle of parchment paper placed over the onions to prevent them from drying out while cooking. Cook for about 10 minutes and stir occasionally when the onions start to brown. Keep cooking over low heat for about 10 to 15 minutes more until the onions have caramelized.
  3. Add the brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, water, 1 teaspoon of the fresh thyme and black pepper. Return the cooked bacon to the pan. Bring the mixture to a boil and then lower the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes until the liquid reduces and the consistency is thick and syrupy. Stir in the remaining fresh thyme.

  4. Serve warm on burgers, steaks, waffles, sandwiches, crostini or as a condiment for a cheese board. To store, refrigerate in jars for up to four weeks.

Nutrition Facts
Bacon Jam   
Amount Per Serving
Calories 77 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 100mg4%
Potassium 57mg2%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 21IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.