It’s amazing what can be made with just bacon, onions, and bourbon. This Bacon Jam is a multipurpose flavor explosion! Serve it on your next burger, pizza, stirred into roasted brussels sprouts, in a grilled cheese sandwich, or alongside a cheese board as an appetizer. The options might just be endless.
Will wonders never cease?!
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First, I NEED to tell you that it’s BOURBON Bacon Jam. It’s bacon and sweet onions turned into a crazy tasty jam concoction made with Bourbon. I mean caaaa’mon. Let’s just pause and rest on that. And in it. Just shove it in my mouth already.
Did I ever tell you guys that a while back I got an email from a website telling me that I had been selected as ‘Healthy Blogger To Follow’?! And I was like, ‘Wow, thanks so much! Wanna celebrate with some bacon jam?!’
No, I didn’t say that. I shared this cheesecake with them instead. And then they changed their mind about selecting me and I never heard from them again.
Mostly true story.
I didn’t share my cheesecake with them. Or this bacon jam. Their loss.
So let’s make some Bacon Jam!
6 Ingredients are all that we need
- Bacon – This is where you need to unleash your inner bacon snob. Buy thick-cut, high-quality bacon. The jam will reward you for this purchase.
- Bourbon – Bourbon with bacon. That should say it all. And if you are curious about whether or not Bourbon is gluten-free scroll through my Bourbon Blackberry Pie post where I briefly discuss the topic.
- Sweet Onions – Also known as Walla Wallas, Vidalias, or Texas Sweet. I prefer sweet onions over any other onion for this jam. But you do you babe.
- Pure Maple Syrup – Some maple sweetness makes the caramelized onions so Mmmm…
- Apple Cider Vinegar – A little acidity to round out the sweetness.
- A dash of cayenne pepper – Don’t skip this little dash of heat.
Cook and stir is how it’s done…
Bacon jam is not complex to make. It just requires about 30-40 minutes of cooking, stirring, cooking, and stirring. Pull up a bar chair next to your cooking area, read a good book with one hand, and stir with the other. And maybe take a sip of bourbon.
Then when it’s finished cooking you’ll put it through a quick spin in a food processor and wonder why you’ve missed out on the glory of bacon jam for so much of your life.
What should you eat with bacon jam?
The bacon lovers out there (you know who you are) know that everything is better with bacon. Say it with me –> EVERYTHING. Don’t try to stump the bacon lovers with a bacon combo that doesn’t work. Bacon will always win.
But here are some suggestions just in case you need a little idea nudge:
- Bacon jam grilled cheese sandwich
- Spread a big dollop on your next cheeseburger
- Spoon some on a pizza before you throw it in the oven
- Stir into roasted brussels sprouts
- An amazing topping for deviled eggs
- An upgraded BLT sandwich
- Serve alongside a cheese board with some crusty bread or crackers
- Top off a ribeye steak or a pork tenderloin with a bit of this jam
Let’s definitely keep adding to this list. Tell me how you would eat it in comments below.
Just in case you were wondering if I should really be worthy of the title ‘Healthy Blogger To Follow’ I’m leaving you with this picture of roasted brussels sprouts topped with bacon jam. Brussels sprouts are VERY healthy so eat them.
And don’t forget that onions, which are a major player in this jam, are also a vegetable. So eat this bacon jam too.
I won’t tell if you decide to just eat a spoonful of it. ♡
More Tasty Recipes…using Bacon!
- Bacon Blue Cheese Burger with Roasted Garlic Aioli it includes Bacon Jam!
- Potato Salad with Caramelized Onions & Fresh Herbs a classic with an upgrade
- Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Manchego try to stop eating at just one
- Crustless Zucchini Bacon Quiche – perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and even dinner
Did You Make This Recipe?!
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This bacon jam is a multipurpose flavor explosion! Serve it on your next burger, pizza, stirred into roasted brussels sprouts, in a grilled cheese sandwich, or alongside a cheese board as an appetizer. The options might just be endless.
- 1 pound thick-cut, high-quality bacon, cut into ½” pieces
- 1 large sweet onion (such as Walla Walla, Vidalia, or Texas Sweet), thinly sliced
- ¼ cup bourbon
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- a pinch of cayenne pepper (or to taste)
- Cook bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until bacon is rendered and is just slightly crispy.
- With a slotted spoon transfer bacon from skillet to a paper towel-lined plate, reserving about a tablespoon of bacon fat in the pan.
- Add onions to the skillet and cook, stirring often, for about 10 minutes, until the onions begin to caramelize.
- Add bourbon, maple syrup, vinegar, and cayenne to the onions. Allow mixture to come to a simmer, then reduce heat and continue cooking, stirring often, for an additional 10-15 minutes until the mixture has a thick jam-like consistency.
- Transfer bacon and onion mixture to a food processor; pulse until coarsely chopped.
- Serve immediately or store in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
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Bacon jam can be frozen for up to 6 months.
If you are interested in canning this jam, please reference this resource provided by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture for information on how to properly can foods that contain meat in order to eliminate the risk of botulism.
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: bacon jam, appetizer, spread, bourbon bacon jam
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