Gentleman’s Whiskey Bacon Jam

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.


3 cups

Updated: Mar. 11, 2023
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


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Crumble bacon; add to skillet. 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.
Bacon Jam Tips

How can you use bacon jam?

Spread whiskey bacon jam onto grilled cheese before cooking for some smokey-sweet flavor. Eat it with cream cheese and crackers, cheesy biscuits and club sandwiches. Or include the jam on your next charcuterie board.

Should you eat bacon jam warm or cold?

Serve whiskey bacon jam cold as you would other homemade jam recipes.

How long will bacon jam last?

Whiskey bacon jam lasts about 1 week in the refrigerator. Or freeze it for up to 3 months.
Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 112 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 118mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.