Bacon may not be the first thing you associate with jam, but with the food world’s fascination with all things sweet and savory, this might be the penultimate flavor combination.

Salty, meaty bacon cooks down with a sweet syrup to create an addictive spread you’ll want to slather on everything. Eat with crackers and cheese, spread on a bangin’ BLT sandwich, and definitely save some to give as a gift to all your bacon-crazed friends.

Bacon Jam

  • Prep Time:30 mintues
  • Cook Time:2 hours 30 minutes
  • Total Time:3 hours
  • Servings:1 jar
  • Medium


  • 1 lb. bacon
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coffee
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  • Step 1

    Slice the bacon into small pieces and cook in a pan on medium heat until crispy, about 15 minutes.

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  • Step 2

    Dice the onion and peel the garlic.

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  • Step 3

    Pour off most of the bacon fat from the pan, leaving about a tablespoon. Add the onions, garlic, and thyme and cook until slightly caramelized, about 10 minutes.

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  • Step 4

    Add the syrup, sugar, coffee, and vinegar and cook on high for 5 minutes.

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  • Step 5

    Add the bacon and cook on medium-low for 2 hours. If you have a crock-pot, you can put this in for 4 hours on high.

  • Step 6

    Strain off any liquid and place in a food processor or blender until the bacon becomes small. Let cool and enjoy.

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