Bacon Jam Recipe

Oh yes, you read that right!

Bacon jam is a condiment that we absolutely love on burgers. It takes a bit of time to throw together (about 2 hours) but man is it worth it. For this reason, I usually double the recipe. Read on below for a video on how to make it plus the recipe!

Bacon Jam

Bacon jam is life changing.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 5


  • 1 pound bacon thick cut is better, maple bacon is best
  • 1-2 whole onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup freshly brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper powder optional, but you can't detect the heat. Just balances things out.


  • On a clean cutting board, cut up your onion. I like to cut it in half so I have half-moon shapes, then cut that in half so I get quarter-moon slices. Push aside and on the same cutting board, cut up your bacon into about 1cm long pieces.
  • Heat up your pot on medium-low and add the bacon. Cook until crispy. This takes about 20 minutes.
  • Remove bacon and set aside. Remove about 90% of the bacon fat left in the pot, but leave a little to cook the onions. Add onions into pot and cook until caramelized, about 20-30 minutes. If it looks too stuck on, add a tablespoon of water to deglaze and keep going.
  • Once the onions are caramelized, add the bacon back in along with all the other ingredients. Stir.
  • Bring pot up to a boil, give it a good stir, then reduce the heat to a low simmer. Simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until mixture is thick and jammy. Babysit it a bit and give it a stir every 5 minutes or so. Near the end you will have to hover over the stove because it can burn quickly if you aren't paying attention.


  • Since it takes almost 2 hours to make this, I usually double the recipe.
  • Bacon jam is great on burgers, but it is also amazing in breakfast wraps (scrambled eggs, hashbrown patty, bacon jam!)
Keyword bacon, burgers

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