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How To Make Bacon Jam

Amazing Homemade Bacon Jam

  • Author: Erin Browne
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: About 1.5 cups 1x


  • 1 lb uncooked bacon, chopped into 1/2" - 1" pieces.
  • 1 cup yellow sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3-4 drops of liquid smoke, optional (see notes)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee, hot or cold


  1. Heat a large skillet on medium heat, and cook bacon pieces until crispy. Remove the pieces to a double layer of paper towels and set aside to drain.
  2. Carefully drain out all but about 1 TBS of the bacon grease (save the rest for other uses!)
  3. Add the onion and shallots to the pan and cook until caramelized, this could take 20 minutes or more. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more.
  4. Add the liquid smoke (if using), brown sugar, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and coffee.
  5. Return the cooked bacon to the pan and mix everything together.
  6. Reduce heat to low and allow to cook until the base is thick and and the mixture has taken on a jam-like consistency. Taste and adjust sweetness or smokiness as needed by adding more brown sugar or maple syrup, or a few extra drops of liquid smoke.
  7. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


Depending on the type of bacon you use, you may want to alter the sweetness and/or the smokiness of your jam. If you are using a sweet maple/brown sugar bacon and want some more smoke, add a few drops of liquid smoke. If you want more sweetness, add a bit more brown sugar or maple syrup - I encourage you to taste and adjust so that the jam is perfect for your tastes.

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