Bacon Jam


  • 1½ lbs. bacon, cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 medium yellow onions, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  • ¾ cup brewed coffee
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup


• In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the bacon, stirring occasionally, until the fat is rendered and the bacon is lightly browned, about 20 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels and set aside. 

• Pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat from the skillet and return to heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is translucent, about 6 minutes. Add the coffee, vinegar, brown sugar and maple syrup. Stirring and scraping up browned bits from the skillet with a wooden spoon, let boil about 2 minutes. Add the bacon and stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered until liquid is syrupy, 1 to 1½ hours. 

• Let the bacon jam cool completely, then transfer to a glass jar and seal tightly.