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Bacon jam is a salty, sweet, savoury bacon flavour bomb. Serve it along with baguette or use it in the ultimate bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich.
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bacon jam

Bacon jam salty, sweet, savoury bacon goodness in jam form. It's best if it can sit for a day before serving. Serve it on baguette, in a BLT or on a really good burger.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 1/2 cups


  • 1 lb bacon - quality is key here
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 1 tsp pure chili powder New Mexican or Ancho
  • 1 tsp chipotle puree or minced chipotle in adobo
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3-4 drops of liquid smoke
  • water as needed to keep it from drying out


  • Fry the bacon in batches in a non-stick pan. Keep all the drippings in the pan.
  • Cut the bacon into roughly 1 inch pieces
  • Add the onions to the drippings. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Toss in the garlic and cook a minute more.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer, covered loosely for about 90 minutes. Stir it every 20-30 minutes. Add a bit of water only if it starts to get dry.
  • After 90 minutes, add 3-4 drops of liquid smoke and cook uncovered until the mixture is fairly dry.
  • Let cool for about 20 minutes.
  • Blitz in a food processor. You can leave it a bit chunky or blitz it a bit longer for a smoother puree.
  • Let sit in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Serve at room temperature.