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Throw out those other recipes, because there isn’t a Bacon Jam around that can compete with this deliciousness!
The Best Damn Bacon Jam Recipe (1)That’s right folk, you heard it from me first!

This really is the best damn bacon jam, I promise. No weird ingredients like coffee, or mustard, or whatever else people are using to make bacon jam.

Oh no, we aren’t doing that here. I took my ingredient cues from the original bacon jam, Skillet Bacon Jam.

The Best Damn Bacon Jam Recipe (2)If you’ve ever checked out the ingredients list on the label, you’ll see there are literally very few ingredients.

And for good reason, too. You just don’t need them. Seriously. Even though this recipe is all about the bacon, it is also all about the onions.

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What do you mean, it’s all about the onions?

Onions are just…onions. What is so damn special about the onions?

Well, it’s because they are caramelized, of course! Perfectly caramelized onions are what makes this bacon jam so damn bacon jammy delicious.

Caramelized onions are a labor of love. But not so much labor, because they are really easy to make. It just takes time, and patience, which can be hard when they smell so so good.

In general, onions take about an hour to caramelize, and you check them maybe every ten minutes, to give them a good stir and scrape up the black bits that form on the bottom of the pan. That stuff is flavor gold, so you need it.

I used sweet yellow onions for this recipe, but you can opt for regular yellow onions if you please, they still caramelize great, but won’t be quite as sweet as the sweet yellows.

Look at them, turning all delicious. Even my onion poo-poo’ers love them. I will convert them, I will!

Once the onions are caramelized, you deglaze the pan with a little balsamic vinegar, scraping up the rest of the black bits and anything else in the pan. Then I add some more balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and salt, and stir them up to make a thick, dense mixture.

This mixture will be blended with the bacon that’s just waiting to be made into bacon jam. Try not to eat all the bacon like I did. It is a sad day to be out of bacon whilst making bacon jam.

I put everything in a blender, but I have a feeling my food processor would have gotten the job done faster.

This will be a thick and goopy mixture, so it will take a little time to get blended down. You can stop at any point when you feel you’re satisfied with the texture.

Chunky, or smoother, either way is delish!The Best Damn Bacon Jam Recipe (8)Use it in the same manner as regular jam, just with a savory taste instead. And absolutely, positively, promise me you will try it with some grilled cheese. Bacon Jam Grilled Cheese. It’s a life-changer, my friends.

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The Best Damn Bacon Jam

You won't find anything strange in this stunning and flavorful Bacon Jam, just caramelized onions, bacon, and a few not-so-secret ingredients, so get ready to indulge in those best bacon dreams and get cooking!

4.65 from 57 votes

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Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour hour 5 minutes minutes

Total Time: 1 hour hour 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 8

Calories: 450kcal

Author: Karly Gomez



  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay the bacon slices out in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 14 minutes, or until the bacon is nice and crispy. Lay out on paper towels to drain and set aside, reserving 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease.

  • Add the bacon grease to a large skillet and heat over medium, medium low heat, then add the onions and stir around to coat with the bacon grease. Allow to slowly cook for an hour, checking every ten minutes or so to stir and scrape up any black bits that form on the bottom of the pan.

  • Once the onions are a dark golden brown color, deglaze the pan with the 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, scraping the pan as the vinegar dissolves. Add the remaining balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, salt, and pepper and stir until a thick glaze forms, around 5 minutes.

  • Add the onion mixture and bacon to a food processor and pulse until the desired consistency forms. Scoop the bacon jam into a jar and devour immediately, or refrigerate until future use. Use within one week.


Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 1310mg | Potassium: 250mg | Sugar: 12g

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Originally Posted: August 16, 2015. Updated August 13, 2018.

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From her childhood home in Southern Minnesota, Karly embraces the crazy of everyday life by creating delicious dishes her family and friends love, while experimenting with new flavors and techniques and photographing the results. Karly’s love for beautiful foods and joy for creating is infectious to all who meet her.

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  1. David Bender says

    This recipe is outstanding it is not just the best damn BACON jam. It is the best damn jam I have ever had period!!!


  2. Ray says

    The Best Damn Bacon Jam Recipe (12)
    This is pretty close to my recipe, except I add some of those “weird” ingredients. Specifically Chili Powder, Paprika, Maple Syrup, and Bourbon.


  3. Dave says

    The Best Damn Bacon Jam Recipe (13)
    Just made a batch taste great very nice recipe very easy to make I’m using on a tomato & cheddar sandwich toasted or grilled Muti grain bread


  4. Janet says

    What size jelly jars 4 or 8oz!


  5. Dotty says

    I made this recipe again and shared it with two other people. They loved it. Try it on a grilled cheese. Delicious!


    • Ray says

      Try it on a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich and you’ll see why Elvis got so fat.


  6. Scott says

    The Best Damn Bacon Jam Recipe (14)
    This tastes just like everyone else’s complaints about other recipes ! May as well have saved the time and made a batch of sloppy Joes …. What a waste of time and bacon blechhh


    • Josh says

      I just made this, it was delicious until I added the bacon. I’m a bacon lover, but it over powered this sweet balsamic onion jam.


  7. Cheryll says

    Can this be frozen or canned?


  8. Joe says

    The Best Damn Bacon Jam Recipe (15)
    I just made this for Christmas 2021 to accompany a Sous Vide Beef Shank and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes. I chose to use a large dice pepper bacon instead of putting in a food processor. It was excellent!

    5 days later I reheated and served with a seared salmon, flavor was amazing and so smokey and rich. This is now my number one condiment which I am calling a Caramelized onion, Bacon slaw!


  9. Dotty says

    The Best Damn Bacon Jam Recipe (16)
    I have made this multiple times and shared it with my sister. My niece suggested to try it on a grilled cheese sandwich and it was delicious.


  10. Donna Irelan says

    How much does this make?


  11. Frieda Huntley says

    The Best Damn Bacon Jam Recipe (17)
    WOW! I added to a turkey, provolone on ciabatta. The whole family loved it!


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