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Bacon Jam - A Family Feast

Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam combines smoked bacon, onions, brown sugar, honey, butter, and coffee plus spices and other seasonings to create a luscious spread. You’re going to love it!

Yield: 4 cups 1x
Prep: 25 minutesCook: 35 minutesTotal: 1 hour


1 1/2 pounds cherry wood smoked bacon, diced into 1/2 inch pieces

2 cups sweet onion, diced large

1 cup red onion, diced large

1/2 cup shallots, diced large

2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup honey or granulated sugar

1/2 cup strong brewed coffee

1/4 cup cider vinegar

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup bourbon whisky

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Dash of your favorite hot sauce

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg


  1. In a medium heavy bottomed pot, turn heat to medium high heat and add bacon.
  2. Cook bacon until crisp, stirring often. Use a small spider to remove cooked bacon to a bowl.
  3. Pour off all but ¼ cup of the bacon fat and keep heat at medium high. Discard remaining bacon fat.
  4. Add sweet onion, red onion, shallots, and garlic and cook for three minutes.
  5. Add cooked bacon back in along with all other jam ingredients and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  6. Simmer uncovered for 30-35 minutes until a syrupy consistency.
  7. Either use a blender or an immersion blender and pulse 5-6 times just to break up big pieces and blend the jam. The consistency should be somewhat thick and chunky and stand up on a spoon.
  8. Chill for up to two weeks.
  9. Serve warm over burgers, over polenta, with other grilled meats or spread on toast.

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© Author: A Family Feast
Cuisine: American Method: simmer