The BEST Homemade Bacon Jam Recipe - Perfect homemade food gift! (2024)

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This bacon jam recipe is one of THE best things I’ve ever eaten. Sweet, salty and savory and a great gift!

I am a BIG fan of edible gifts around the holidays, and this Bacon Jam recipe is one of my favorites! People LOVE to receive it, and I love to make it!

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This bacon and onion jam is the perfect combination of sweet, salty, and savory with just a *little* kick of spicy!

You can definitely buy this jam, but honestly, it’s just not the same. They have to put heavy preservatives in it to make it safe to eat, and you can tell!

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What is Bacon Jam, you say?

It’s a sweet and salty relish that you can use as a topping or spread on any number of things: toast or crostini’s, baked cheese, turkey sandwiches, baked potatoes, or quiche.

A local company here in Kansas City makes a similar jam, but it’s SO expensive, upwards of $20 per tiny jar.

This jam recipe does require a TON of bacon to be used, so it’s one of those recipes that really pays off to make at home.

And, I am notexaggeratingwhen I say that this particular jam recipe is one of the best things I have ever eaten. Seriously. No lies.

I packaged this jam gift in half pint jars. You can attach super simple chalkboard labels and write on them with awhite paint pen.

Add some decorative twine or a festive holiday ribbon, and you’re good to go! It was super simple to get these little jars ofbacon goodness ready for gift giving.

If you’re looking for more edible gift ideas for the holidays, I recommend this delicious Garlic Infused Olive Oil, my Christmas Cracker Candy or this homemade Hot Cocoa Mix.

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Can you can bacon jam?

I absolutely hate to be the bearer of bad news, but no, you cannot safely can bacon jam.

I tried to can the first batch I made and opened it after 3 months. The smell was off, so I threw it out. It turns out that it’s very likely bacteria will grow for this type of meat marmalade. And, there are several recipes out there that say you are able to this jam safely, so be cautious, friends! We don’t want to get ourselves or others sick.

After doing a bit more research, I learned that the best way to store this jam is to freeze it.

To freeze it, just leave a bit of head room in your freezer safe jar. When you’re ready to use it, thaw the jam. Once thawed, you can store it in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.

Serving Suggestions:

Bacon Jam is incredibly versatile and can be used in several ways! Use it:

  • On top of brie or soft cheese
  • On baked potatoes
  • As a sandwich spread
  • On top of your favorite grilled protein
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Michelle's Bacon Jam Recipe

Yield: 1.5 pints

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Bacon Jam Recipe. Sweet, salty and savory with brown sugar. Spread on crackers, bruschetta, baked brie or top baked potatoes or grilled meat! So versatile, and so yummy.


  • 2 pounds bacon, raw, chopped
  • 2 large yellow onions, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar


  1. Add chopped bacon to a large pot (I used a Dutch oven). Cook on medium heat for 15-20 minutes until the bacon starts to get crispy, and the fat is foaming.
  2. Drain bacon using a colander placed over a bowl. Save the drained fat.
  3. Add 2 teaspoons of bacon fat to pot and return to medium heat. Add onion and salt, then sauté for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. While onions sauté, place the cooled bacon on a cutting board. Chop into small pieces, less than ½ inch.
  5. To onion mixture, add brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, dried thyme, black pepper and pinch of cayenne. Add bacon back in to pot and stir.
  6. Add water and balsamic vinegar. Cook on low-medium heat for 10-15 minutes until the mixture is "brick-brown" in color and thick.


  • This is best served slightly warm.
  • This recipe yields 1.5 pints. I recommend packaging in small half pint jars.
  • If the jam seems dry after all steps are completed, add another ½ cup of water and continue to simmer. It should have the consistency of a relish when all is said and done. It won't be thick like a jelly.
Nutrition Information

Yield 20Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 205Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 30mgSodium 408mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 0gSugar 3gProtein 6g

The nutrition for this recipe is calculated by an app, and may be incorrect.

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Love this bacon jam recipe? I think you’d also love this Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts appetizer recipe, or this Blackberry Crumb Dump Cake!

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How long will homemade bacon jam keep? ›

Bacon jam can be safely refrigerated for two to four weeks. Any amount that you keep in the fridge will need to be used within that length of time. You can store bacon jam in any refrigerator-safe container. Many bacon jam enthusiasts choose to use mason jars for aesthetic reasons.

What pairs well with bacon jam? ›

Our list of things we want to use this jam in is ever-growing. Here are just a few to get you started: warm potato salad, grilled asparagus, fresh tomatoes, panzanella, grilled cheese, crackers and goat cheese, spinach salad, a spoon, fresh garden peas, scrambled eggs, bagels and cream cheese...

Can you leave bacon jam out overnight? ›

Please do not store bacon jam at room temperature. Storing bacon jam at room temperature poses the risk of botulism, a serious foodborne illness caused by the nerve toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum, a spore forming bacteria.

Does homemade jam need to be refrigerated after opening? ›

A: Opened home-canned jams and jellies should be kept in the refrigerator at 40°F or lower. “Regular” – or pectin-added, full-sugar – cooked jams and jellies are best stored for 1 month in the refrigerator after opening. They may last longer depending on the specific product and how it is used.

Does homemade jam have to be refrigerated after opening? ›

Sealed jars of homemade preserves can also be stored at room temperature. Once the jam or jelly is opened, however, it is best to refrigerate them. Richard explains that this prevents mold and yeast from growing. If not refrigerated, opened jams and jellies are likely to spoil quicker.

How does Martha Stewart make bacon? ›

Bake the bacon in a 400°F oven until well-browned and crisp, this should take between 15 and 18 minutes depending on the thickness of your bacon. To follow Martha's method to a T, you'll need to rotate the sheet pan halfway through.

Why is my bacon jam not thickening? ›

To achieve a thick texture, all of the liquids need time to reduce. Make sure you're cooking your bacon jam without a lid over your Dutch oven, so your bacon jam can evaporate. If it's still not thick enough, it just needs more time.

What bread is best with jam? ›

Bread. Let's start with the most obvious choice and certainly one of the favorites: jam on bread. Literally, any kind of bread becomes delicious with a touch of jam. Make your jam sandwich with white bread but also try challah or French brioche.

Does bacon jam taste good? ›

The taste of bacon jam is fantastic because, although it is salty, it is also sweet at the same time. It can even feel like maple syrup. Let's see in detail why its ingredients make this jam special: Bacon: This is the main ingredient.

How to tell if bacon jam is bad? ›

Bacon jam getting bad isn't always super noticeable, particularly if it is homemade. You should check for any signs of mold developing on the surface, discoloration, an off smell, or a change in texture like hardening or lumps. These can suggest that your bacon jam has gone bad.

How long does bacon jam last unopened? ›

Additional info. Our Bacon Jam is shelf stable for 2 years unopened and 6 months in the fridge after opening... IF it lasts that long!

Should peanut butter be refrigerated after opening? ›

According to The National Peanut Board, an unopened jar of peanut butter can last six to nine months at room temperature. Once opened, they say that it can last two to three months in the pantry before you should move it to the fridge, where it can maintain quality for another three to four months.

How long does homemade jam last in the pantry? ›

The ideal storage time for unopened jams, jellies and preserves is 12 months in the pantry. After opening, refrigerate for 6 months.

How long does homemade jam last in the fridge? ›

Homemade jams can last anywhere from 6 to 12 months when properly stored and unopened. Once open, it's best to consume it within 1 to 2 months if refrigerated. The lifespan depends on various factors, including the type of fruit, sugar content, and storage conditions.

How long does fresh homemade jam last in the fridge? ›

Here's how long homemade jam lasts: For homemade jam, using sugar and processed by canning in a hot water bath, you can expect to get about two years of shelf life when stored in a cool, dry place. Once opened, keep your homemade jam in the refrigerator for up to three months.

How do you preserve homemade jam for a long time? ›

Put the jam into containers and freeze: Pour the jam into clean freezer containers or canning jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. (Plastic freezer containers with tight-fitting lids work well for storing freezer jams and jellies.) Cover the containers and let stand for 24 hours, or until the jam has set and become firm.


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