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Bacon Jam

Want something unique to serve at brunch? I love a sweet-savory mashup, and this definitely hits the spot. Caramelizing onions in bacon fat is a surefire way to make your house smell good before guests come over! The dish takes a little time, and a lot of stirring (to avoid burning), but don't let that scare you away! Trust me, your guests will be clamoring for it.

Makes 8 ounces



  • 1 pound Bacon, chopped

  • 2 large Yellow Onions (about 2 pounds total), thinly sliced

  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced

  • 1 ½ teaspoons Whole Grain Mustard

  • 1 teaspoon Chili Flakes

  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper

  • ⅛-¼ teaspoon Salt, to taste

  • ⅓ cup Brown Sugar

  • ⅓ cup Maple Syrup

  • 3 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar



  1. Heat dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add bacon and stir until fat has rendered and meat is crisp, 10-15 minutes. Strain meat with slotted spoon and reserve in bowl. Pour off fat to save for another use.

  2. Add 2 tablespoons fat back into Dutch oven. Add onions and sauté over medium-low heat until caramelized, 20-30 minutes.

  3. When onions are caramelized, add minced garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.

  4. Add mustard, chili flake, pepper, salt, stir to combine and sauté for 1-2 minutes.

  5. Add brown sugar, maple syrup, vinegar, and reserved/cooked bacon. Stir to combine. When it begins to bubble, lower the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until thickened and caramelized.

  6. Remove pot from heat. Add bacon jam to food processor and pulse until desired consistency is reached.

  7. Pour into jar, allow to cool to room temperature before storing in refrigerator.