Onion Bacon Jam

filed under: Appetizers on December 9, 2019

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!

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5 from 17 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!

Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bacon Jam
Servings: 40 tablespoons
Calories: 171 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke-iambaker.net
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy.

  2. Place cooked bacon on a plate lined with a paper towel. Break the bacon into about 1-inch pieces to be added later.

  3. 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.)

  4. 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.

  5. Mix in the garlic, brown sugar, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, chili powder, and pieces of cooked bacon.

  6. Simmer for 7-10 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened. (Think of the consistency of a jam.)

  7. Serve warm or cold, but you may want to warm slightly if it has been refrigerated.

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  • Lee Johnson says:

    Best bacon Jam I’ve ever made! I used roasted garlic just because I had a bunch already done. I also doubled the chili powder. It is amazing!

  • Becky Spung says:

    If you can follow these directions. Then maybe you shouldn’t be making this.Thank you it is delicious.

  • Patty says:

    This sounds delicious. So what do you eat it with? I will have to make this..

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Patty! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Some suggestions we had were:
      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 BLTs.
      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.
      I hope this helps, and have a wonderful day!

  • Celeste says:

    What kind of onion should I use?

  • Diane says:

    The BEST pizza I ever had in my life was from a little place in Brooklyn, named Paulie Gee’s. He had a bacon jam pizza and I cannot WAIT to recreate it with this!

  • Nancy says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. Sounds amazing. Do you think that it can be canned. Would love to make it to be included with gifts.

  • Swithlan says:

    Haven’t had it yet but looks yummy and delicious 😋

  • Erin says:

    I have now made this 3 times, and it’s never lasted more than a couple days! I like to toast up a slice of brown bread, lay on some thinly-sliced extra-sharp cheddar, and top with this warmed jam. I’ve also spread this warm jam onto warm flatbread and topped with a ton of arugula and Parm curls. DELICIOUS!

  • Dianne Pell says:

    I had this in a restaurant in Florida over scallops. Absolutely delicious. They also had diced sweet potato mixed in the jam. Wonderful!

  • Gloria Elaine Carter says:

    There is a cafe near me and they serve Chicken and Waffles with Bacon Jam. To die for!

  • Minya says:

    I love bacon onion jam!
    -MAGA

  • Denise says:

    Can you can this? As in Pressure Can or Water Bath?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Denise! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. This is not safe to can (you should never can cured meat). Store it in the refrigerator for 2-4 weeks. Have a great day!

  • Sarah says:

    I had the best burger I’ve ever had last week, it had onion bacon jam with goat cheese. I’m am so excited to try this at home!! Thank you for the recipe! I don’t know if I missed this somewhere, but would you recommend white or yellow onion?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Sarah! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We would recommend a yellow onion. Have a great day!

  • Sharon Cushman says:

    This was a hit at our 50th anniversary party! Will making this again for Christmas gifts!

  • Dee says:

    Question: How long is this good for?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Dee! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Store the jam in the refrigerator for 2-4 weeks. Have a great day!

  • Karen L Smoyer says:

    Can this be canned? Hot water bath? It sounds so good.

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Karen! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Onion Bacon Jam is not safe to can. No cured meat should be canned. Store it in the refrigerator for 2-4 weeks. Have a wonderful day!

  • Jenn says:

    Can this be canned?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Jenn! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. There is no safe way to can onion bacon jam (no cured meat should be canned). Store it in the refrigerator for 2-4 weeks. Have a great day!

  • Crystal Masterson says:

    Collecting ingredients to make soon.

  • Jennifer Kurth says:

    I made this for my sister as part of a care package I’m sending to her. I tasted it and had second thoughts about sending it to her because it’s that GOOD!
    I’ll definitely be making it again for the holidays !

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Happy to hear that Jennifer!

  • Jamee Chandler says:

    Can you can this?

  • Dawn Reid says:

    I’ve made this multiple times now and it is always on my family’s ‘want’ list! We have it as a pizza topping, with cheese on toast, crackers and cheese, in absolutely every type of sandwich or wrap… It is universally loved here & hubby will always sneak a giant spoonful of every freshly made batch!! 5 star recipe Thank you xx

  • Joanne says:

    Just made it! Waiting for it to thicken up. Had to sneak a taste….delicious!