Delicious Crock Pot Bacon Jam is a sweet and savory spread you’ll love. It’s the perfect addition to eggs, sandwiches, burgers, and more!
Bacon goes with almost anything, so trust me when I say you’ll have plenty of uses for the sweet and savory Crock Pot Bacon Jam! Bacon, onion, and tons of sugar and spice come together in the slow cooker to create this inspiring addition to enhance your family’s favorite meals!
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This Crock Pot Bacon Jam is a serious game changer! I have found so many uses for this super flavorful spread over the years so I always make sure to have some in the freezer for flavor-enhancing emergencies!
OTHER RECIPES TO SERVE WITH CROCK POT BACON JAM
- Cheeseburger Sliders – You can truly elevate any slider with this secret ingredient.
- Ham Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sliders – Bacon is the ultimate breakfast meat in any form and should never be excluded!
Bacon: You’ll need 1 1/2 pounds of sliced bacon. You want to just standard bacon, not thick-cut for this recipe. If you want a kick, you can use pepper bacon.
Veggies: We’re using 2 medium-sized yellow onions and 3 cloves of garlic to add some layers of flavor.
Liquid Add-ins: To balance out the jam, you’ll need 1/2 cup of cider vinegar, 1/4 of pure maple syrup, and 3/4 cup of brewed coffee.
Seasoning: Grab 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar and some red pepper flakes. The red pepper flakes are optional but add a nice kick.
HOW TO MAKE CROCK POT BACON JAM
STEP ONE: Start by cooking the bacon pieces over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Stir the bacon occasionally and cook until the fat is rendered and the bacon is lightly browned. Once done, use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon pieces onto a paper towel to drain any excess grease.
STEP TWO: Pour the bacon grease into a small bowl to use later, but leave 1 tablespoon in the skillet. Add the diced onion and garlic to the skillet and cook that for about 6 minutes, until the onions are translucent. Then add the vinegar, brown sugar, maple syrup, red pepper flakes, and coffee to the skillet. Bring everything to a boil for about 2 minutes. Now it’s time to add the bacon back in and stir to combine.
STEP THREE: Transfer the bacon jam mixture to a 6-quart slow cooker and cook it uncovered on HIGH for 3.5 to 4 hours or until the liquid is syrupy.
STEP FOUR: Transfer the bacon jam to a food processor and pulse until it is coarsely chopped. Allow the jam to cool before refrigerating it in an airtight container.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
- When you add the liquid ingredients to the skillet, make sure to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom with a wooden spoon to get all those tasty bits into your jam.
- Crock pot bacon jam will keep in the fridge for up to 4 weeks or in the freezer for up to 6 months!
WHAT CAN YOU PUT CROCK POT BACON JAM ON?
This Crock Pot Bacon Jam seriously makes everything better! For starters, this jam pairs great with eggs and omelets and spread on toast! Pretty much any breakfast sandwich with bacon can be plussed up with this delicious jam!
For lunch, consider making a BLT but switching out the traditional bacon strips for a layer of bacon jam or adding it to a crispy grilled cheese. If you’re feeling adventurous, spread some onto a traditional PB&J! For dinner, you can make a mouth-watering bacon jam burger that the whole family will go crazy for! There’s no end to the number of amazing recipes you can enhance with this bacon jam!
CAN YOU FREEZE BACON JAM?
You can absolutely freeze bacon jam! I prefer to freeze this jam in smaller portions so I can use it all up when I thaw it out. You can freeze it in any freezer-safe container or use Ziploc bags. Leave a little bit of room at the top of sealed containers because the jam will expand as it freezes.
OTHER BACON RECIPES TO FALL IN LOVE WITH
- Avocado and Bacon Pasta Salad
- Bacon Jalapeno Popper Quiche
- Cheesy Bacon Oven Potatoes
- Bacon Jalapeno Fry Sauce
- Chicken Bacon Roll-Ups
- Bacon Wrapped Chicken
*This post was originally posted on 11/07/2013.
- Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the bacon, stirring occasionally, until the fat is rendered and the bacon is lightly browned. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to paper towel-lined plate to drain.
- Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease from the skillet. (You can reserve the rest of the grease for another use.)
- Add the onions and garlic to the skillet and cook until onions are translucent, about 6 minutes
- Add the vinegar, brown sugar, maple syrup, red pepper flakes, and coffee to the skillet. Bring everything to a boil, stirring and scraping up browned bits from bottom with a wooden spoon. Cook for 2 minutes, add in the bacon, and stir to combine.
- Transfer mixture to a slow cooker and cook uncovered on HIGH for 3 1/2 to 4 hours, until the liquid is syrupy.
- Transfer the bacon jam to a food processor and pulse until it's coarsely chopped.
- Let the jam cool, and then refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks. (or freeze for up to 6 months)