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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!
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bacon Jam
Servings: 40 tablespoons
Calories: 171kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke-iambaker.net


  • 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.


Calories: 171kcal