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Bacon Jam

Bacon 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!



  1. Slice the bacon into 1-inch slices and cook in a large skillet until well browned. Drain the fat and reserve the bacon.
  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. 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. 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. Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  6. Warm in the microwave before serving.

Hands-on time: 20 mins. to 25 mins.
Total time: 4 hrs 20 mins. to 4 hrs 40 mins.
Yield: 2 cups jam

Recipe and photo credit: King Arthur Flour -

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