Bacon jam

Bacon jam is fantastic as a burger topping but it's even better as a condiment in your next grilled cheese.
1 pint
schedule 5 minutes
schedule 30 minutes
schedule 35 minutes


  • 1 lb bacon sliced into half inch pieces
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 14 cup maple syrup
  • 13 cup dark brown sugar (regular brown is ok)
  • 13 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 12 teaspoon cayenne pepper (add an extra 1/2 teaspoon for more heat)
  • pinch black pepper

Check below recipe directions
for additional notes.


Cook half-inch sliced bacon strips in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook until bacon gets brown and crispy. 

Remove bacon from the pan to a paper towel lined plate or bowl to drain. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat in the pan. 

Add onions and cook until they are very soft, about 10 minutes. 

Add garlic, maple syrup, dark brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, chili powder, and black pepper to pan with cooked onions. Stir to combine. 

Add bacon back into the pan with all the other ingredients. Cook while stirring frequently for about 10 minutes or until everything is soft and has the consistency of jam. 

Add finished and cooled bacon jam to a jar or covered container and store in the refrigerator for no more than a couple of weeks. 


This is a great burger topper or just an addition that adds sweet and savoriness to any sandwich.

Have you made this recipe? Tag @beerinator and let him know!



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