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Bacon Jam

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Author chericeperkins


  • 1 lb Smoked Bacon cut into 1/2” slices
  • 1 Sweet Onion diced
  • 1 Shallot diced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar packed
  • 1/3 cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Brewed Coffee
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Chipotle Powder depending on how spicy you like it


  • Heat cast iron skillet on medium high heat, and cook bacon until crispy.
  • Remove bacon from skillet to paper towel lined plate, and set aside.
  • Drain all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease from the skillet.
  • Add onions and shallots, and cook until caramelized. Stirring frequently. Once caramelized, add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  • Add brown sugar, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, coffee, smoked paprika and chipotle powder. Stir to combine.
  • Return the cooked bacon to the onion mixture, and reduce heat to low and allow to cook down to thick consistency.
  • Taste, and adjust sweetness or spiciness depending on how you like it.
  • Allow to cool, and store in air tight container in the refrigerator.