Bacon Jam

Brightened by apple cider vinegar and tomatoes, our bacon jam adds sweet, tart and smoky flavors to countless dishes. We like this condiment spread on toast and served with an egg, layered into a grilled cheese sandwich or spooned on goat-cheese topped crostini. Slideshow: More Jam Recipes 

Bacon Jam
Photo: Abby Hocking / Food & Wine
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
1 1/2 cups


  • 12 ounces thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/4-inch dice (2 1/4 cups)

  • 1 large yellow onion, finely diced

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 jalapeño, halved, seeded and minced

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 medium beefsteak tomato, cored and cut into 1/4-inch dice (2 cups)

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste


  1. In a medium enameled cast-iron casserole, cook the bacon over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 11 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a medium bowl. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat.

  2. Add the onion, garlic and jalapeño to the casserole and season with generous pinches of salt and pepper. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is very soft, about 12 minutes. Stir in the brown sugar and cook until the onion begins to caramelize, about 8 minutes. Pour in the vinegar and simmer until reduced by half, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the reserved bacon, tomato and tomato paste, cover partially and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until a thick jam forms, about 45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Scrape the bacon jam into a jar and let cool completely before sealing with a lid.

Make Ahead

The bacon jam can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

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