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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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    • 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.