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Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam is made by combining cooked bacon, caramelized onion, coffee, maple syrup, brown sugar, and slowing simmering it until it is jam-like! This bacon jam recipe is super simple to make and has so many uses!

The first time I had bacon jam was when I was living in Seattle at the end of grad school. I remember vowing to make it because it was so dang good and now, 12 years later, I’m finally posting about it! I’ve made it a few times and now I think I have finally perfected my recipe. This bacon jam is pure heaven and is so good you can eat it with a spoon! BUT there are so many other delicious things you can do with it..

What You’ll Need

  • Bacon
  • Yellow Onion
  • Maple Syrup
  • Brown Sugar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Strong Coffee
  • Water
  • Salt

How to Make Bacon Jam

Bacon jam is quite simple to make, but it does require a little hands on time. As one would say, it’s putsy. To start, cut the bacon into small pieces. I estimated 1/4″-1/2″ pieces but it doesn’t need to be exact. Once the bacon is cut, add it to a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook the bacon until it’s cooked, but not super crispy. Remove the bacon, along with all but 2 tbsp of bacon grease, from the skillet.

To the bacon grease, add the sliced onions. The onions should be quartered and then cut into slices. Cook the sliced onions for about 5-7 minutes, until they are slightly softened. Then add the brown sugar and mix well. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook the onions until they are caramelized, about 20 more minutes.

Once the onions are caramelized, add the remaining ingredients – maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, coffee, water, and salt. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook for about 20-25 more minutes, until the liquid has mostly evaporated and it’s a thick jam-like consistency. you can use it immediately, or store it in a jar in your refrigerator! The bacon fat does solidify once it’s refrigerated, so I like to put how much I’m going to use in a small bowl and microwave it for 20-30 seconds before I use it so it’s warmed up.

How to Use Bacon Jam

There are so many uses for bacon jam!

  • Avocado Toast
  • On top of hash
  • Burgers
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • Sandwiches
  • Wraps
  • Paninis
  • Baked Brie
  • Cracker Dip
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  • 1 lb bacon
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Cut the bacon into small pieces, about 1/4-1/2" wide.
  • In a medium to large skillet, cook the bacon until browned. Don't let it get too crispy.
  • Remove the bacon from the skillet, along with all but 2 tbsp of the bacon grease.
  • Add the onions and cook until slightly softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the brown sugar and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and cook another 15-20 minutes, until the onions are caramelized.
  • Add the maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, coffee, water, salt, and bacon to the skillet and stir well to combine.
  • Cook another 20 minutes, until the liquid has mostly evaporated and it is a thickened consistency.
  • Use immediately or store in a glass Tupperware and refrigerate.
  • Enjoy!
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