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12 Days of Edible Gifts: Bacon Jam

Sweet edible gifts not your thing? Then how about something savory? Even better, how about something bacon-y, like this to-die-for bacon jam. It's so good that I could only give one jar away. (I gifted myself with the other jar.) It's smoky, sweet, porky, and spicy. A long, slow cook ensures that the onions caramelize and the bacon melts. It has the chunky texture of tapenade and is easy to spread.

I've enjoyed it on toast, crackers, pasta, burgers, and simply and devilishly by the spoonful. If you want someone to fall in love with you, then I highly recommend giving them bacon jam. The words themselves are magical — say it with me: bacon jam. Bacon jam. You get the idea; now get the recipe!

Photo: Nicole Perry
Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam


1 pound smoked bacon
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
5 cloves of garlic, minced
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons Sriracha, plus more to taste
1 cup coffee
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, plus more to taste
1/4 cup maple syrup, preferably grade B
Freshly cracked black pepper


  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot or straight-sided sauté pan cook the bacon in batches over medium high heat until it's lightly browned and just starting to crisp. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and cook over medium heat until soft and translucent, 10-12 minutes.
  3. While the onion cooks, slice the bacon into 1-inch strips.
  4. Return the bacon to the pan and add the brown sugar, Sriracha, coffee, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
  5. Simmer over low heat, stirring every now and then to prevent sticking, for 3-4 hours, or until it has a thick, jam-like consistency and deep rich brown color.
  6. Let cool for 20 minutes than transfer to a food processor. Pulse for several seconds to finely chop and blend the jam. Season to taste with additional vinegar, Sriracha, and salt.
  7. Allow the solids to settle, then skim off as much of the fat as possible, and split between two 4-ounce glass jars.
  8. Serve at room temperature with crackers, crostini, or on a burger.
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manintre manintre 4 years
sounds great so I am cooking it right now. However, the ingredients mentions two tbs of srircha sauce, but no where in the description does it mention it except at the end. There is says to add a squirt more to bump it up. My question the squirt they mention the 2 tbs of the sauce?
animatedpunk animatedpunk 6 years
This sounds AMAZING. MUST TRY!
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 6 years
This sounds absolutely swoon-worthy! I think I'll try this, and if it is as delicious as all are saying, it is going in the holiday goodie basket for the family gift basket exchange!
Food Food 6 years
Rabbit88, any Asian grocery store -- or check the Asian aisle of your supermarket.
snowak snowak 6 years
This sounds amazing. Can't wait to try it!
Rabbit88 Rabbit88 6 years
where can i get Sriracha??
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 6 years
I am making this right now! My house smells like bacony goodness.
Food Food 6 years
I didn't even realize it had coffee in it until I read the recipe!
partysugar partysugar 6 years
Smacks83: surprisingly the coffee flavor is not strong at all. I recommend making it!
Smacks83 Smacks83 6 years
I really don't like coffee ( I don't drink it, even the frou-frou concoctions), the the coffee flavor very present?
Read2me Read2me 6 years
This sounds divine! When is the 2 tbsp of Sriracha added? Along with the brown sugar and coffee or only at the end if desired?
flyowsley flyowsley 6 years
Sriracha is an Asian hot sauce. Yes, we will be making this this weekend, you can bet on that!!
Iveenia Iveenia 6 years
ok - found it - a football club - and a hot chilly sauce ;)
Iveenia Iveenia 6 years
yes and another question: what is Sriracha? - never heard of that :) otherwise - i think it will make my dad's day, too ;)
Food Food 6 years
I was the lucky recipient of the other jar, and it made my day. I liked it even better than Nduja!
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