This takes some time to make, and there is expert-level stirring involved, but what a small price when you consider the final results. Whether you do this for your Super Bowl® party or another festive occasion, I hope you give this amazing bacon jam a try soon.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place bacon in a large, heavy-bottomed pot and cook over medium heat until bacon is crispy and the rendered fat is foaming, about 10 minutes. Pour bacon and rendered fat into a strainer placed over a bowl to drain fat. When fat is drained and bacon is cool enough to handle, remove bacon to a cutting board and finely chop.

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  • Return pot to medium heat; drizzle 2 teaspoons reserved bacon fat and butter in pan. Saute onions and 1 teaspoon salt until soft and translucent, 7 to 10 minutes.

  • Stir brown sugar, sherry vinegar, 1 teaspoon thyme leaves, black pepper, and cayenne into onion mixture; add bacon. Stir water into bacon mixture and cook until jam is a brick-brown bacon color and has a jam consistency, 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Remove from heat and stir balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon thyme into jam; stir until shiny and heated through.

Nutrition Facts

154 calories; protein 7.5g 15% DV; carbohydrates 9.8g 3% DV; fat 9.3g 14% DV; cholesterol 22.3mg 7% DV; sodium 633.9mg 25% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2014
this guy is a master. made it for promotion party. I remember how good it was don't remember who got promoted. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/22/2014
I use only the bacon grease to cook everything in and I pre-cut my Apple Wood smoked bacon before I fry it. I use Apple juice and apple cider vinegar instead of the Balsamic vinegar and I use Sherry wine instead of sherry vinegar. And I just put the whole Thyme stems with leaves on in and then all I have to do is take out the stems when finished cooking. Saves time. Read More
(53)
135 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 109
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2014
this guy is a master. made it for promotion party. I remember how good it was don't remember who got promoted. Read More
(87)
Rating: 3 stars
08/22/2014
I use only the bacon grease to cook everything in and I pre-cut my Apple Wood smoked bacon before I fry it. I use Apple juice and apple cider vinegar instead of the Balsamic vinegar and I use Sherry wine instead of sherry vinegar. And I just put the whole Thyme stems with leaves on in and then all I have to do is take out the stems when finished cooking. Saves time. Read More
(53)
Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2014
I won first place at the bacon competition at the fair so that makes it a 5 star recipe in my book! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2016
I made just as the directions dictated and have been laid numerous times as a result at multiple parties! Read More
(39)
Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2014
This is going on my to-do list but I just have to say how much I enjoy Chef John's videos! He is my favorite food entertainment! Keep it rockin' Chef John! This recipe looks YUMMY!!!! Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2014
I tried this the first time and doubled the recipe to 3 pounds of bacon. I ended up with 2 1/2 pints. I gave most of it away but savored what I kept for myself because this stuff is pure gold! Fantastic recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2014
This is wonderful! Thanks Chef John. I wouldn't even consider changing anything about this recipe. Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2017
I haven't tried this yet, but it sounds great. I wish people who change the recipe and then give it 3 stars would refrain from rating unless they made it exactly as recipe calls for. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2014
I love the sweet-savory thing going on here and also that it coordinates well with the rest of the burger trimmings. It is delicious! Read More
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