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The BEST Homemade Bacon Jam Recipe

This bacon jam recipe is one of THE best things I've ever eaten. Sweet, salty and savory and a great gift!

I am a BIG fan of edible gifts around the holidays, and this Bacon Jam recipe is one of my favorites! People LOVE to receive it, and I love to make it!

Bacon Jam Recipe

This bacon jam is the perfect combination of sweet, salty, and savory with just a *little* kick of spicy! 

You can definitely buy bacon jam, but honestly, it's just not the same. They have to put heavy preservatives in it to make it safe to eat, and you can tell!

What is Bacon Jam, you say?

It's a sweet and salty relish that you can use as a topping or spread on any number of things: toast or crostini's, baked cheese, turkey sandwiches, baked potatoes, or quiche.

A local company here in Kansas City makes a similar jam, but it's SO expensive, upwards of $20 per tiny jar.

This jam recipe does require a TON of bacon to be used, so it's one of those recipes that really pays off to make at home.

And, I am not exaggerating when I say that this particular bacon jam recipes is one of the best things I have ever eaten. Seriously. No lies. 

Bacon Jam Recipe

I packaged this jam gift in half pint jars. You can attach super simple chalkboard labels and write on them with a white paint pen.

Add some decorative twine or a festive holiday ribbon, and you're good to go! It was super simple to get these little jars of bacon goodness ready for gift giving.

Bacon Jam Recipe

Can you can bacon jam? 

I absolutely hate to be the bearer of bad news, but no, you cannot safely can bacon jam. 

I tried to can the first batch I made and opened it after 3 months. The smell was off, so I threw it out. It turns out that it's very likely bacteria will grow for this type of meat marmalade. And, there are several recipes out there that say you are able to this jam safely, so be cautious, friends! We don't want to get ourselves or others sick. 

After doing a bit more research, I learned that the best way to store bacon jam is to freeze it.

To freeze it, just leave a bit of head room in your freezer safe jar. When you're ready to use it, thaw the bacon jam. Once thawed, you can store it in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks. 

How to use this Bacon Jam Recipe

Bacon Jam is incredibly versatile and can be used in several ways! Use it:

  • On top of brie or soft cheese
  • On baked potatoes
  • As a sandwich spread 
  • On top of your favorite grilled protein 
Homemade Bacon Jam

Michelle's Bacon Jam Recipe

Yield: 1.5 pints
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Bacon Jam Recipe. Sweet, salty and savory with brown sugar. Spread on crackers, bruschetta, baked brie or top baked potatoes or grilled meat! So versatile, and so yummy.


  • 2 pounds bacon, raw, chopped
  • 2 large yellow onions, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar


  1. Add chopped bacon to a large pot (I used a Dutch oven). Cook on medium heat for 15-20 minutes until the bacon starts to get crispy, and the fat is foaming.
  2. Drain bacon using a colander placed over a bowl. Save the drained fat.
  3. Add 2 teaspoons of bacon fat to pot and return to medium heat. Add onion and salt, then sauté for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. While onions sauté, place the cooled bacon on a cutting board. Chop into small pieces, less than ½ inch.
  5. To onion mixture, add brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, dried thyme, black pepper and pinch of cayenne. Add bacon back in to pot and stir.
  6. Add water and balsamic vinegar. Cook on low-medium heat for 10-15 minutes until the mixture is "brick-brown" in color and thick.


  • This is best served slightly warm.
  • This recipe yields 1.5 pints. I recommend packaging in small half pint jars.
  • If the jam seems dry after all steps are completed, add another ½ cup of water and continue to simmer. It should have the consistency of a relish when all is said and done. It won't be thick like a jelly.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 205Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 408mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g

The nutrition for this recipe is calculated by an app, and may be incorrect.

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Love this bacon jam recipe? I think you'd also love this Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts appetizer recipe, or this Blackberry Crumb Dump Cake!

Bacon Jam Recipe. Sweet, salty and savory with brown sugar. Spread on crackers, bruschetta, baked brie or top baked potatoes or grilled meat! So versatile, and so yummy.


Sunday 15th of August 2021

Hi I am planning on making your recipe as christmas gifts. Will it need to be frozen/ refrigerated until gifting? Or how long is it good for in mason jars unrefrigerated? Thank you

Michelle Goth

Monday 23rd of August 2021

Hi Christal- Yes, you will need to freeze or refrigerate prior to gifting. Storing at room temp (even when canned) poses a risk for botulism. You should be safe for about 3 weeks in the fridge.


Sunday 20th of December 2020

It says 2 teaspoons of butter. Is that correct? Teaspoons, not tablespoons?


Saturday 12th of December 2020

I am making this for Christmas gifts. I have made two batches - one more to go. My house smells amazing!

Michelle Goth

Monday 14th of December 2020

I bet it does! I hope everyone enjoys the bacon jam! :)

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