Friday, December 5, 2014

Caramelized Sweet Onion Bacon Jam

You'll like this one.

Even though the bacon craze is over, we all know that bacon is the little black dress of the culinary world: classic and makes everything just a little bit better. Give a girl a bit of bacon and she can conquer the world.

Sweet + tangy + earthy + smokey, this is probably going to be my new go-to crowd-pleasing condiment. It's delicious on burgers, meats, bread, sandwiches (B-jam-LT, anyone?), and best yet: spoon. The options are truly endless! Make a big batch because you'll want to keep this one around.

Caramelized sweet onion bacon jam
Makes one 10-ounce jar
Printable recipe

  • 12 ounces bacon
  • 1 medium sized sweet onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Salt to taste 
  1. Chop bacon into 1/2 cm wide pieces and cook on medium heat until browned (about 10-15 minutes)
  2. Remove bacon from pan and set aside. Keep the rendered bacon fat in the pan and add in the diced onions. Cook until softened (about 10 minutes)
  3. Add bacon back into pan, along with vinegars, sugar, mustard, and maple syrup. Cook for about 30 minutes on medium-low heat until jam is thick and syrupy. You may want to drain some of the fat out of the pan during the process. During the last 5 or so minutes of cook time, be sure to constantly stir the pan to prevent burning and add salt to taste.
  4. Once desired consistency is reached, allow jam to slightly cool before transferring to storing container.