Recipe summary

Hands-on time:
20 mins. to 25 mins.
Baking time:
Total time:
4 hrs 20 mins. to 4 hrs 40 mins.
Yield:
2 cups jam
Whether you call it Bacon Jam, Bacon Onion Relish, or Devil's Delight, this sweet, salty, bacon-y spread is outstandingly good. Crisp salty bacon is simmered for hours with onions, maple syrup, brown sugar, and a couple of secret ingredients to create a soft, spreadable jam that's divine on toast or crostini, fresh vegetables, pita bread, new potatoes... the list goes on and on!
Volume Ounces Grams

  • 1 1/2 pounds bacon
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup boiled cider
  • 3/4 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. 1) Slice the bacon into 1" slices and cook in a large skillet until well browned. Drain the fat and reserve the bacon.
  2. 2) Place the cooked bacon and all other ingredients into a 2 quart or larger crock pot. Cover and cook over high heat for 3 to 4 hours.
  3. 3) Remove the cooked jam from the crock pot, fish out the bay leaves, and carefully transfer to a food processor or blender. Pulse until the consistency is to your liking, a soft spreadable jam. You can leave the bacon in larger bits or pulse until very small, your choice.
  4. 4) If you find the jam too liquid for your taste, transfer to a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the liquid has evaporated and the jam is thick and syrupy. Adjust the seasonings and serve warm.
  5. 5) Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Warm in the microwave before serving.
  6. Yield: 2 cups jam.

Tips from our bakers

  • Our list of things we want to use this jam in is ever-growing. Here are just a few to get you started: warm potato salad, grilled asparagus, fresh tomatoes, panzanella, grilled cheese, crackers and goat cheese, spinach salad, a spoon, fresh garden peas, scrambled eggs, bagels and cream cheese...