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Savory Bacon Jam
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 3 hrs 15 mins
Total Time: 3 hrs 20 mins

This flavorful Bacon Jam is made with naturally sweet Medjool Dates to keep it free of refined sugar. An easy savory jam recipe that is a brunch staple!

Course: Breakfast, Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make bacon jam, how to use medjool dates, savory jam recipe, whole30 condiments
Servings: 28 Servings
Calories: 105 kcal
Author: Alyssa Brantley
5 from 16 votes
close up of bacon jam in a jar in front of small bowl of medjool dates
  • 1 pound uncooked hickory smoked bacon nitrate free, preservative free, cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 3 medium cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 large yellow onions finely chopped
  • 12 ounces Medjool Dates pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1.5 cups cold water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Heat a large heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Once hot, add bacon pieces. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes until most of the fat is rendered and bacon bits are crispy.

  2. Use a slotted spoon to remove crisp bacon pieces to a plate lined with paper towels and set aside.

  3. Carefully (!) pour bacon fat into a glass container or mason jar for future use or discard.

  4. Return 2 Tablespoons of the bacon fat to the pot and add chopped garlic and onion.

  5. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until onions start to brown and caramelize, 35 to 40 minutes. Add cooked bacon pieces, chopped dates, apple cider vinegar, water, salt and pepper. Stir to combine, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer covered for 45 minutes.

  6. Remove lid and continue simmering for an additional one and a half hours, stirring every 15 minutes or so until jam is caramelized and dark brown with most of the liquid evaporated out.

  7. Allow to cool, place into glass containers and store in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

Recipe Makes Approximately 3 1/2 to 3 3/4 cups

Nutrition Facts
Savory Bacon Jam
Amount Per Serving (2 Tablespoons)
Calories 105 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 128mg6%
Potassium 132mg4%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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