The best bacon jam recipe – How to make bacon jam

Making jam does not always require cooking seasonal fruits. Sometimes it involves caramelizing onions and shallots in bacon fat, maple syrup, and brown sugar for a sweet and savory spread that tastes incredible with cheese 🤤. You can probably find artisanal bacon jam in a special story, but it’s very easy to make yourself. Heres how to do it:

  1. Cook the bacon until it becomes crunchy. We cut the bacon Before Cooking it faster!
  2. Fry onions and leeks in bacon fat. Both onions and leeks should be cut into very small pieces so that they will cook and caramel quickly. (It will take about 15 minutes).
  3. Simmer with the maple syrup mixture until it becomes jam. To the skillet with the maple syrup, onion, and shallots, add the garlic, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar (for some acidity), and chili powder (for some seasoning).

Start to finish, the process only takes about half an hour. We recommend serving it on a cheese platter, grilled cheese, or in a cheeseburger.

Storage wise, yes! You need to cool it. Let it cool completely before transferring the jam to a jar

Can I use different ingredients?

If you prefer turkey bacon over pork, that’s okay. If you are not a fan of onions, ignore it. Switching vinegar isn’t a problem either. Whether it’s white wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, white balsamic, or sherry, be sure to adjust and balance the sweetness.

Can you jam bacon?

Do not confuse the name. Although portrayed as a jam, canning acidic foods is very risky and should be avoided. It’s so good you won’t be able to keep it for long anyway.

Can it be eaten warm or cold?

Tell us… Is cold bacon good for you? If this happens, eat it cold. We believe every ingredient tastes best when it’s warm. How long can I use it? Portions of jam should be reheated only once after it is prepared.

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Editor’s note: This recipe was updated on July 6, 2022.

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1 lb.

Cut bacon into 1-inch pieces

1/3 c.

apple cider vinegar

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  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy. Transfer the bacon to a plate lined with a paper towel, reserving about 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat in the skillet.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the onion and shallots to the skillet and cook, stirring constantly, for about 15 minutes, until the onions are caramelized.
  3. Add garlic, brown sugar, maple syrup, vinegar, chili powder, and cooked bacon. Bring the mixture to a boil over low heat, then reduce the heat to low. Cook until liquid has reduced and thickened and turned into onion jam, 7 to 10 minutes.
  4. Let it cool before transferring it to a jar. Served with cheese and biscuits. (It’s also delicious on a burger!)

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