Onion Bacon Jam is not the traditional flavor of preserves you may be used to, but it is definitely worth a try to wake up your tastebuds! With a definite onion flavor supported by the saltiness of the bacon, Onion Bacon Jam is great on crackers with cheese or even mixed in ground beef for your next meatloaf recipe!

Onion Bacon Jam

It seems that bacon is not just for your salty fix anymore. It’s all the rage to see bacon added to sweets. I have seen them in chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and even on donuts. So, it was only a matter of time before a bacon jam would be on the scene. You would be surprised how many things pair well with Onion Bacon Jam. I will get that later. Let’s get to making the jam!

Onion Bacon Jam in a Jar with a Spoon

How to Make Onion Bacon Jam

It all starts with the bacon for this recipe. In some recipes, I encourage you to bake the bacon ahead of time. But, in Onion Bacon Jam, you will be using the fat from the fried bacon to help caramelize the onions.

  1. Start by cooking the bacon in a medium saucepan until it is crispy.
  2. Set the bacon on a paper towel to cool, leaving about 4 tablespoons of fat in the pan. Once cooled, be sure to break it into 1-inch pieces to be added later.
  3. Add the onion and shallots to the pan and cook them on medium-low for about 15 minutes. For best results, make sure you have diced the onions as small as you can…that will help them blend into the jam a bit more.
  4. Mix in the garlic, brown sugar, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, chili powder, and pieces of the cooked bacon.
  5. Simmer this for about 7-10 minutes to let it thicken.
  6. Let the jam cool before transferring it to a jar.

Onion Bacon Jam in a Pan with Spoon

How to Store Onion Bacon Jam

Onion Bacon Jam should not be stored at room temperature, but rather in the refrigerator or freezer. If you are storing it in the refrigerator, it will last between 2-4 weeks. Freezer storage will give it longer shelf life. There is no way to can it safely, which means you need to eat it up quickly (within 2-4 weeks stored in the refrigerator) or freeze it. If you are freezing it, be sure you use straight-sided mason jars (or glass jars) and leave about an inch at the top for when it expands.

Onion Bacon Jam in a Jar with a Spoon

How to Use Onion Bacon Jam

Since you have to get the Onion Bacon Jam eaten, why not try it a few different ways? It’s really up to you what you use it for, but here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Use a dollop on a cracker, with a slice of cheese.
  • Spread it on your grilled cheese sandwich before you grill it.
  • Substitute Onion Bacon Jam for the bacon on your BLT’s.
  • Add it to your scrambled eggs.
  • Use it as a topping for a hamburger or cheeseburger.
  • Spread in on toast and add an egg for a delicious breakfast.

These suggestions will help you fall in love with this jam. Let me know if you found other flavorful ways to use Onion Bacon Jam!

Onion Bacon Jam on a Cracker with Cream Cheese

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5 from 20 votes

Onion Bacon Jam

Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
With caramelized onions and full of bacon, Onion Bacon Jam will be the condiment you have been missing!


  • 1 pound bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large yellow onion, about 3 cups, finely chopped (approximately ¼-inch pieces)
  • 2 large shallots, about 1 1/2 cups, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup (100g) brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (85g) maple syrup
  • cup (79g) apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder, optional but highly recommended


  • In a medium saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy.
  • Place cooked bacon on a plate lined with a paper towel. Break the bacon into about 1-inch pieces to be added later.
  • You need about 4 tablespoons of bacon fat to remain in the pan, carefully remove the rest. (It is hot! We store it in mason jars.)
  • Add the onion and diced shallots to the pan with the bacon grease, reducing heat to medium-low. Cook until the onions are caramelized (about 15-20 minutes), stirring often.
  • Mix in the garlic, brown sugar, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, chili powder, and pieces of cooked bacon.
  • Simmer for 7-10 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened. (Think of the consistency of a jam.)
  • Serve warm or cold, but you may want to warm slightly if it has been refrigerated.

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Reader Comments

  1. I just made this and it’s phenomenal! We are grilling burgers for dinner and will top them with this delicious jam and cheese.

    The ONLY change in ingredients I made was I sub’d regular onions for the shallots because I didn’t have any shallots on hand. I just made sure the total was 4.5 cups. And honestly I think I had close to 5 cups of onions. This made 3, cute, little 1/2 pint jars.

  2. I love this jam!! I recently cooked sone fresh mustard greens and I normally put in some type of smoked pork to season them, but I was out. So…I threw in a couple of heaping spoons full and it was delicious!! It added a little spice and sweetness. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Made it exactly as recipe called for – DELICIOUS. Then had to figure our how to make with less fat. Tried with half turkey bacon 1/2 regular. Substituted half of the bacon grease for Olive oil .. still yummy and delicious. Third time used only turkey bacon and olive oil. Because the ratio of the other ingredients are tasty, the result was still amazing!!! Such a versatile recipe … we love it. Already shared the jam and recipe with friends! By the way, your cookbook notes are spot on. Had a taste and kept going back for more!!! Dangerously a keeper recipe. Excited to try more recipes in your cookbook.

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