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Bourbon Honey Bacon Jam

There's a reason why the saying "bacon makes everything better" came along. It even makes jam better.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon jam, bourbon honey bacon jam


  • 6 ounces bacon about 5 strips. but into ½ strips
  • ½ medium sized red onion 4 ounces if you want to be exact. julienned
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 ounces water
  • 2 ounces balsamic vinegar
  • 2 ounces bourbon nothing fancy, in the 90-100 proof range


  • Over medium low heat, cook the bacon until just before starting to turn crispy. this step should take around 15 minutes.
    almost crispy bacon
  • Remove the bacon from the pan using a slotted spoon leaving the rendered fat in the pan.
  • With the pan still over medium low heat, add the red onion and cook until caramelized. Stir every 5 minutes or so as over stirring will cause the caramelization to take miuch longer. This step should take around 30 minutes
  • Once the onion have finished caramelizing, add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
    caramelized onions and garlic
  • Add the bacon back to the pan along with the honey and brown sugar. Mix to incorporate all ingredients. Continue mixing and cook for another 2-3.
  • Add the water to the pan. Mix to incorporate. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Then add the balsamic vinegar and bourbon to the pan. Mix to incorporate. Continue simmering until a majority of the liquid has evaporated and the consistency is very jam-like. This step should take about 10 - 20 minutes.
    Bourbon Honey Bacon Jam in pan
  • The bacon jam can be used immediately or cooled and refrigerated. The jam will most likely harden in the refrigerator so you can microwave it for a few seconds to bring it back to its normal thickness.


This recipe makes about 1/2 cup of jam.  Please scale the ingredients if you need more or less.
Also note, after storing in the fridge, the jam will harden.  Warm in up in a microwave safe container for a few seconds to bring it back to its normal thickness.