Balsamic Brown Sugar Bourbon Bacon Jam

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Course Appetizer/Snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Author Sarah


  • 2 lbs. center cut, thick-cut bacon
  • 1 large yellow onion finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup high-quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat until crisp.

  2. Drain on paper towels, and discard all but 3 tbsp. drippings.

  3. Chop bacon into 1/4-inch bits, and set aside.

  4. Add the onion to the skillet with the bacon drippings.

  5. Cook on medium until soft, golden, and caramelized, about 7-8 minutes.

  6. Add the garlic, and cook til soft, about 3 minutes.

  7. Add the paprika, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to the skillet, stirring to combine.

  8. Add the bourbon and maple syrup.

  9. Bring to a simmer, and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.

  10. Add balsamic vinegar and brown sugar to the skillet.

  11. Cook an additional 3 minutes, stirring constantly.

  12. Reduce heat to low, and stir in the crumbled bacon.

  13. Cook for an additional 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  14. Remove from heat and cool.

  15. Serve with crackers. Store in the refrigerator.