Bacon jam is easy to make using ingredients you can find in your kitchen. Add it to sandwiches, burgers, and more for a unique sweet and savory flavor.
If you love unique jams, jellies and spreads, be sure to try our jalapeño pepper jelly or our homemade huckleberry jam recipe. Try any of these spreads with crackers and cream cheese for a quick and easy snack!
What Is Bacon Jam?
Bacon jam is a bacon lover’s dream come true. It is a sweet and savory spread made from onions, brown sugar, vinegar, and of course… bacon! This jam is best served at room temperature or warmer for easier spreading. It can be used as an appetizer spread or over your favorite grilled meats. Comment below and tell us your favorite way to use bacon jam!
Ways To Use Bacon Jam
This savory spread can be used to liven up just about anything! Here are some of our favorite things to add bacon jam to:
- Sandwiches (especially on turkey or roast beef sandwiches)
- Grilled chicken or steak
- As a spread on charcuterie boards
- With crackers and cream cheese
What Does Bacon Jam Taste Like?
Bacon jam has a unique flavor that is more sweet than savory. It really does taste like a sweet, caramelized jam. Depending on the type of bacon you use, it can even have a bit of a smoky flavor, like BBQ sauce. The texture can vary depending on how finely you chop the bacon and onions. It can be fine, with the texture similar to marmalade or preserves making it easier to spread. Or you can leave the pieces larger (like below) so the jam has more texture, similar to conserves or a relish.
Getting The Flavor Just Right
What I love about this jam is that you can easily adjust the sweetness to your liking. The caramelized onions and added sugar give it a good amount of sweetness and the balsamic vinegar brings that sweetness down and adds a punch of flavor. If you prefer it more on the sweet side, reduce the amount of vinegar. If you want it to be more savory, add a little extra vinegar and cut down on the brown sugar. Experiment with how you like it best to make it your own!
What Bacon Is Best?
You can’t go wrong with a thick-cut bacon for this recipe. Obviously if you get a higher-quality bacon you will get a better bacon jam. If all you have is regular-cut bacon, that works great too! Using smoked bacon will give your jam a nice rounded-out smoky flavor that will taste great on burgers or grilled meats. Pre-cooked bacon doesn’t work well because you aren’t able to get enough drippings to make the jam. Also avoid getting maple flavored bacon as it may throw off the taste.
How To Store Bacon Jam
Bacon jam should be refrigerated after it has cooled past room temperature. It can stay in the refrigerator for up to a month. You can also freeze your jam to make it last even longer. Just thaw in the refrigerator before serving. If your jam is hard and difficult to spread after refrigerating, you can take the desired amount from the jar and heat in the microwave (only for about 10 seconds at a time, it will heat up fast). Remember, after the jam has been heated or brought to room temperature after refrigerating, it should not be refrigerated again. Be sure to only heat what you will be using.
Canning bacon jam is not recommended. It simply isn’t safe. If you want to store it long term, freezing is your best option.
Absolutely! You can freeze your jam for up to 6 months. Just put it in a freezer-safe container or even a freezer zip-top bag to store.
More Recipes For Bacon Lovers
- In a large non-stick skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Drain all but about 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease from the pan and remove bacon to drain on paper towels.
- Add onion to the pan and saute until soft.
- Add brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, and water. Reduce heat and simmer until sugar and vinegar reduces to a light syrupy texture. Chop bacon into small pieces and add to the mixture. Stir well to combine.
- Can be served hot or cooled to room temperature.