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Bacon Jam Recipe

Bacon Jam made with shallots, honey, perfect to top a burger, grilled cheese, or a flatbread pizza.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Jam
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Angela Roberts


  • 1 pound bacon sliced into two inch slices
  • 2 small granny smith apples peeled, cored, finely chopped (see note)
  • 3 large shallots or 1 medium sweet onion (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or more as your taste desires
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup


  • Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces. Fry in heavy bottomed pan until crisp. Drain. Save one tablespoon of bacon grease.
  • Add shallots or onions to bacon grease. Soften for a few minutes. Add in garlic.
  • Add apples, cook for a minute. Add in vinegar, brown sugar, cayenne pepper and saute until apples are soft.
  • Add bacon back in until it looks like a compote.
  • Add in apples, shallots or onions, garlic, cayenne pepper, vinegar, brown sugar and saute until apples are soft.
  • Add bacon back in. Add maple syrup and cook down until it looks like a compote, about 45 minutes. I only cooked it very low heat for one hour.
  • Pour off any bacon grease. This part is important.
  • Process in food processor, but not too much. Pulse it and check to see that you can visibly see the bacon, as shown in the picture. Store in refrigerator up to a week.


Note: If when cooking the compote down, it becomes too dry, add in some water.
This is better when left in refrigerator for 24 hours. The flavors meld.
You can substitute apples with peaches or nectarines.
You CAN go sugar free with a low carb brown sugar and Choc Zero's Maple Syrup.