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Onion Bacon Jam

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
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 171 kcal
Author Amanda Rettke-iambaker.net


  • 1 pound bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, about 3 cups, finely chopped
  • 2 large shallots, about 1 1/2 cups, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (85g) maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup (79g) apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder, optional but highly recommended


  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.