Chef John's Bacon Jam


This bacon jam takes some time to make with expert-level stirring, but it's a small price when considering the final results. Whether you make this for a Super Bowl party or another festive occasion, I hope you give this amazing bacon jam a try soon.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 1 ½ pounds bacon, chopped

  • 2 teaspoons butter

  • 4 large yellow onions, diced

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • ¼ cup sherry vinegar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, divided

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • ½ cup water

  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Warm a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add bacon; cook and stir until crispy and rendered fat starts to foam, about 10 minutes. Pour bacon and rendered fat into a strainer placed over a bowl. When fat is drained and bacon is cool enough to handle, remove bacon to a cutting board and finely chop.

  2. Return the pot to medium heat; drizzle 2 teaspoons reserved bacon fat and butter into the pot. Add onions and salt; cook until until soft and translucent, 7 to 10 minutes.

  3. 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 has a brick-brown color and thick consistency, 10 to 15 minutes.

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

    close up view of Chef John's Bacon Jam in small jars

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

154 Calories
9g Fat
10g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 154
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 634mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 193mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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