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Gentleman’s Whiskey Bacon Jam

You can slather this smoky bacon jam on pretty much anything. It lasts only a week in the fridge, so I freeze small amounts for a quick snack with crackers. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    3 cups


  • 1-1/2 pounds thick-sliced bacon strips, finely chopped
  • 8 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup whiskey
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • Assorted crackers


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Discard all but 2 tablespoons drippings. Add shallots and onion to the drippings; cook over medium heat until caramelized, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in garlic; cook 30 seconds. Add seasonings. Remove from heat; stir in whiskey and maple syrup. Increase heat to high; bring to a boil and cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add vinegar and brown sugar; cook another 3 minutes, continuing to stir constantly.
  • Add crumbled bacon; reduce heat to low and cook 12 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Allow jam to cool slightly. Pulse half the jam in a food processor until smooth; stir puree into remaining jam. Serve with assorted crackers.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Make prep easier by freezing the bacon (it helps to cut it into chunks first) and then pulsing it in the food processor until finely chopped.
  • Step up your grilled cheese game! Add smoky and sweet notes with a few tablespoons of this jam.
  • Not sure which brand of bacon to buy? Check out the brands our editors and the Taste of Home Test Kitchen recommend.
  • Nutrition Facts
    2 tablespoons: 112 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 118mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


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    • Angela
      Dec 22, 2020

      Great jam! We pair it with melted brie and serve as an appetizer. Made some this year as gifts. Very strong smells while you cook it, my daughter was crying as I chopped but she likes it.

    • Angie
      Aug 9, 2020

      This was yummy. I made it to layer in my chocolate bourbon cake, however next time I’ll use Jack Daniels. I don’t drink whiskey or bourbon, but I think the Jack gives the cake and probably the bacon more flavor; I didn’t notice the bourbon much.

    • LorriAnnS
      Jul 20, 2020

      This is awesome as an appetizer or on a burger. Incredible flavor. People loved it and have asked for the recipe; which I of course have shared. When there has been leftovers, it gets hard in the fridge...anyone know what I can do to change this? We have heated it up and it comes back. Would rather be able to take it from the fridge and use, is there a way???

    • Christi
      Apr 26, 2020

      This is so amazing. Put it on a hamburger and it'll change your life.

    • Tammy
      Oct 31, 2019

      This is amazing, easy to make, goes with so many things. Pretty sure it would store much longer than a week refrigerated, but it would likely be eaten long before then.

    • Liz
      Jul 14, 2019

      Have yet to make this, but I’m thinking it would be a great condiment on a burger!

    • jmkasprak
      May 21, 2019

      While I thought it was too sweet, our friends loved it and cleaned out the bowl. I served it with pita chips and crackers. It makes for an interesting appetizer/snack.

    • LindaS_WI
      Apr 11, 2018

      Definitely a winner in my house. I made a batch of it for a party and served it as an appetizer with some crackers and slices of brie cheese. I took the leftovers and put them on a grilled chicken sandwich for dinner a few nights later. I froze the rest and will try it in a few weeks. Very delicious.

    • mtgrl4evr
      Nov 5, 2017

      How is this stored and how long does it keep?

    • ejshellabarger
      Jan 12, 2017

      I was intrigued by this dish and thought it was OK. Most people reacted with a "wow, this is different" but didn't go back for more. I served it over a block of soften cream cheese with crackers. Probably won't make it again but it was fun to try.