Enticingly sweet, smoky, and sticky, homemade Bacon Jam will transform bread or crackers into an instant appetizer, or slather it onto a bun to take your burger to the next level!
Money can't buy happiness. It is true. But let me share a little secret. You can make happiness and transform it into a sweet and sticky substance stored in a jar! Happiness in a jar? Who wouldn't want that! This tantalizing jar of happiness will stand ready to transform any drab carbohydrate with an enticing slathering of homemade Bacon Jam whenever you need a smoky little rainbow in your life!
Yeah, it's that good.
Bacon Jam Uses
Bacon Jam is essentially an instant appetizer in a jar. Add it to bread or crackers for a simple treat, or jazz it up a bit more with a slice of brie cheese! It is also perfectly suited to take your burgers to the next level! Can you imagine the deep smoky flavors of bacon, a tinge of tanginess from apple cider vinegar, combined with the sticky glaze of preserves, all dripping down the side of a perfectly grilled burger? It is almost too good to be true!
Another great use for Bacon Jam would be a downright dangerous grilled cheese. Holy crap that would taste phenomenal!
How to Make Bacon Jam
A proper saute pan is ideal to concoct this powerful elixir, once cooked, simmered and thickened you will want to blend it into a chunky sauce. You can use a standard blender, but the sticky mixture will want to cling to the sides, requiring you to frequently scrap it down. A stick blender like this KitchenAid Immersion Blender (affiliate link) will make your life infinitely easier. You'll be surprised how frequently you find yourself using it!
This easy bacon jam recipe only calls for 5 ingredients: bacon, reserved bacon fat, apple cider vinegar, apricot preserves, and shallots. In a pinch, you could substitute onion for shallots, but shallots are ideal for the subtle garlic flavor they also bring to the party. Apricot preserves likely aren't most people's first choice when shopping for preserves, but don't let that deter you. The nectarus flavor and subtle tartness of apricots perfectly balance the smoky bacon flavor of the jam. It's your secret ingredient!
Sweet and Sticky Bacon Jam
- 1 lb Bacon (cooked and chopped)
- 1 tablespoon reserved Bacon grease
- ½ cup finely chopped Shallots
- 4 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 cup Apricot Preserves
- Heat bacon fat in a saute pan and saute shallots until translucent.
- Add chopped bacon, vinegar, and apricot preserves and simmer until preserves have dissolved, stirring as needed.
- Transfer jam into a tall, cylindrical container and use an immersion blender to blend into a jam-like consistency.
- Spread on bread, crackers, or any other item in need of additional deliciousness!
- This can be made in advance and stored in a pint jar in the refrigerator for future use as well. Reheat in microwave until warmed through.
I really have to thank my friend Liz for this recipe. She carefully crafted this concoction in her kitchen, teasing us on Facebook with it until it was ready to share. I kept the recipe on my to-do list, and I am glad I did, it lives up to all of the hype! This homemade Bacon Jam recipe was originally published on FoxValleyFoodie.com December 27, 2015.
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I used apricot preserves from and orchard, they maybe were a little more tart than store bought, but I added a little brown sugar/bourbon to the recipe and it turned out awesome. Thanks for the recipe.
Man oh man! Great stuff. I keep licking the spoon. Homemade bread,soup and this jam. Oh yeah
Do you mean whole preserved apricots canned in syrup or apricot conserve or jam when you say preserved apricots?
It sounds yummy.
Fox Valley Foodie
To clarify, the recipe calls for "Apricot Preserves". You will find it by the other fruit preserves, jams, and jellies.
I was scared Of the apricot jam after tasting it but the end result worked like Magic. The only downside is that now I’m expected to make it for all occasions
Tried these at a party and everyone loved them! Your recipe has been circulated!!
Can this be pressure canned ??
Fox Valley Foodie
It isn't tested for it, so in the interest of food safety I would not.
I saw this recipe last week here in your blog and I told my self to make a comment once I've already tried it. And yes I tried it and it turns out great! Thanks for sharing the recipe. My kids also loved it!
Fox Valley Foodie
That is great to hear! It is one of my favorite things to make for parties!
This was a lot better than I expected. Will make again.
Hey Foxie. If I made a larger batch of your Apricot-Bacon-Jam how long will it last and should it be kept in the refrigerator ?? Thank You ! Sheila
Fox Valley Foodie
Yes, it should be kept in the fridge. I would not attempt to can it, and would try to use it within a couple weeks. If you would like to store it longer I would freeze it.