This is the most amazing Thermomix Bacon Jam recipe, and it can be used with so many things! For example:
- it will turn your humble burger into a gourmet burger,
- boring sandwich fillings get a lift,
- bake it on top or in the middle of your meatloaf,
- inside your toastie with melted cheese,
- a tasty sauce to eat with your omelette,
- with your breakfast scrambled eggs,
- as part of a party charcuterie or cheese platter,
- as a finger food spread on crackers with cream cheese,
- or fill small tart or vol au vent cases,
- serve alongside roast meats,
- BBQ meat condiment,
- on top of a T-Bone steak,
- on top of baked potatoes,
- as a pizza base sauce.
This also works really well using left over Christmas leg ham in place of the bacon.
If you enjoy it with something else not listed above I'd love for you to tell us in the comments below. For a vegan alternative try my Tomato Jam.
With many thanks to Tania, one of my ThermoFun Club members; and the following sites that we used to inspire us; we have created this delicious ThermoFun version of Bacon Jam. Super Kitchen Machine, Martha Stewart, ThermOMG and Chin Deep.
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 large onion, peeled and halved
- 300g short cut bacon, quartered - trim ALL fat
- 10g olive oil
- 160g brown sugar
- 80g apple cider vinegar
- 60g maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon instant coffee, dissolved in 3 tablespoon boiling water (see notes)
- 2 teaspoon paprika, smoked or sweet
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ground
- Place garlic, onion, bacon and oil into TM bowl and chop 3 sec / speed 5.
- Scrape down and cook 10 mins / Varoma / speed soft / Reverse.
- Add remaining ingredients and cook 10 mins / 100°C / speed soft / Reverse.
- Cook a further 10 mins / Varoma / speed soft / Reverse / MC off, placing simmering basket on TM lid to prevent spatter.
- Pour into sterilised glass jars. Store in fridge (up to 2 months).
TM5 users: In this recipe, when Varoma temperature is stated, please use 115°C.
This recipe can be doubled!
Optional additions: 1 tablespoon seeded mustard; or ½ teaspoon chilli flakes; or 20g dried cranberries (good served with Christmas roast meats).
I have a coffee machine so I use 2 double shots each with 25ml water. The coffee taste is not at all obvious, it just adds more depth to all the other flavours.
Bacon Jam needs to be stored in the fridge. It keeps for approx. 2 months.
This also works really well using left over Christmas leg ham!
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Simone Hosmer says
Any substitute for someone who is coffee intolerant??
Simone it's delicious! I'm wondering if you are intolerant to coffee in the way of actually allergic to it, or you just don't like the taste of it? If allergic to it you will have to sadly leave it out (I haven't tried a substitute) OR if you just don't like coffee the taste is not at all obvious, it just adds more depth to all the other flavours.
Help! I just made this for Christmas gifts, followed the recipe exactly but its so runny and watery! Will it thicken when it cools or what can I do to save it?!!!
Hey Anna, yes it will thicken once refrigerated. Sometimes it can be runny and that is due to fatty bacon or some fat not cut off the bacon. If this happens it is perfect spread on a pizza base! :)
Annette Bowers says
This is a fav here. My teenagers devour it and now I’m making batches for their friends lol. You know it’s good when the freinds are putting in requests😍
Hi I made the Bacon jam today and well seriously i have no words, it is just lovely, thank you so much for such an awesome recipe x delicious
Thank you Suskia, so pleased you enjoy it! :)
Hi, I made this for the first time and followed the recipe exactly but found it was too runny and didn’t set in the fridge.. is there something I can do it make it a bit thicker? Still tasted delicious though :)
Sarah it sounds like you may have had some fat on your bacon? Also wondering how long was it in the fridge for? On the odd occasion mine can be runnier than other times and that is when I use it on a pizza as the pizza sauce! It's delicious!
Jacinta Barnes says
I'm just wondering if you think you could blitz this to make a smooth consistency? I am not a fan of onion but assume the flavour is essential so could handle it if it wasn't "chunky"! I've been told it's amazing so keen to try!
Hi Jacinta, yes you could blitz it to the consistency that you prefer. :)
Oh my gosh, I love this recipe (I do leavevout the cinnamon as I don't like cinnamon), it is so delicious. I made it as part of friends Christmas gift hampers and have had good feedback. I love it with crackers and Brie cheese, so good
Oh crackers with Bacon Jam & Brie - with a good glass of wine! Yes please!
Am I able to substitute coffee extract for the instant coffee?? - we don't drink coffee. If so, how much? I'm thinking a teaspoon?
Hi Marieke, yes a teaspoon should be ok. Enjoy! :)
Bacon jam is so yummy!! Perfect on burgers, steak, anything. Making for my Christmas hampers again this year. Thanks for another recipe that gets rave reviews. ????
I want to be on your hamper list Anne. It is a great recipe for so many options.
Will his work with normal bacon instead of short cut?
Hi Kylie, yes it will. I use short cut simply because it has a lot less fat to cut off. Normal bacon will be fine just make sure you trim all the fat. Enjoy! :)
making my third batch now. definitely a winner. one of my most requested items by friends
Thank you Mel. Yes it's fabulous to have as a small gift particularly for men that can be so hard to buy for!! :)
Joanne T Ferguson says
I made this WONDERFUL recipe again today. When I added the bacon and onion, I made sure the pieces had texture but were more smooth...I used Hickory Smoked Bacon which was AWESOME! And based on the comments, I did decrease the brown sugar 20g, the maple syrup 10 grams and added 10g of Worcestershire sauce! The kitchen smells AMAZING and am sure this recipe will be a great surprise in the New Year's hampers am making! Thank you Leonie!
Thanks Joanne - I always love to hear of your tweaks! Please make sure you tell your gift recipients to keep it in the fridge too! :) Someone else I know wrote down suggestions (which I have on the recipe) for what it can be used for and she included that with the gift. :)
I was looking forward to making this, doubled the recipe in a TM5. It's so runny, a bowl full of liquid. Trying to cook it longer with MC out..... Ekkk
oh dear Kylie. It can vary depending on how fatty the bacon is. Yes cook it a bit longer with simmering basket on top - but it does thicken up in the fridge too.
On the off chance your batch doesn't thicken properly - use it spread on a pizza base - it's just amazing! :)
Is there anything I can substitute the coffee for?
Marieke, you can leave the coffee out, but it does just add a depth to the overall flavour of the jam. I know of a few people that hate coffee and they say they can't taste it.
Are you able to please advise how long it keeps in sealed sterilised glass jars? Either refrigeratored or not?
Hi Elizabeth - definitely keep it in the fridge. I opened a jar of mine recently that was six months old! :)
Emma G says
Just made this tonight to go on some homemade hamburgers! Delicious!!! Will definitely become a staple in our house!!!
This is one of mine and my families favourite recipes ever so yummy and versatile! My youngest brother eats it from the jar with a spoon! Thanks so much!
Thanks Teagan! :)
This is SO good!! I made a few batches over Christmas to give as gifts and everyone who tried it went weak at the knees. Thank you!!
Yes it's a fabulous gift idea Lisa - particularly for those hard to buy for males! :)
I made this tonight as part of my catch up on the March cook along. This tastes amazing and even my non sauce loving husband commented on how amazing this bacon jam is. My kids loved it too. We had it on lamb burgers.
Krazy Kitty says
We have made this a few times and everyone LOVES it! It never, ever last very long!!!
Everyone that has tasted this has loved it. Today I'm making double batches for my brother and sister for Easter! What a great recipe thanks so much
love the bacon jam, first time I have tried it. Did not add sugar just a little more maple syrup. Perfect!
Excellent for breakfast on gluten free toast, avacado, tomato topped with bacon jam!!!! Yum yum
5 year old hates it, which is a great thing... More for me! 7 year old, the other half and I think it is the most amazing thing ever!
Janet Willoughby says
this is amazing, thanks so much. It's great with burgers, on pizza, on just about anything. When you need a standout addition to your dish, this is it :-)
This is even better with leftover ham. But the bacon version is pretty amazing too.
Yes we loved it with our left over Christmas ham! :)
Rae Suckling says
Just made my third batch.. Thank you Leonie this is the BEST....
Marion de Rooy says
I have made this a few times now. Just about to make it again. It is delicious. Gave some away as gifts for Christmas. Made some after Christmas with leftover ham. Served with Pulled pork, cheese, burgers, or sausages. All scrumptious.
The first time I made this, I found it to be a little bit sweet for my taste, though hubby and my in-laws all loved it!
I've just made a batch today, and this is what I did to reduce the sweetness a little:
- Reduce sugar by 20g
- Reduce maple syrup by 10g
- Add 10g worcestershire sauce
I tested it out when it was done, and it has definitely toned down the sweetness, and is still very yummy. Can't wait to try it out tomorrow night on pizza. Thanks for another great recipe! :-)
Thanks Emma that's great to know about reducing the sugar content. :)
Whoops I just threw all the ingredients in at step 4 and missed step 3. Fingers crossed it still works!
oops! How did it go?
This was amazing! I gifted some for Christmas presents and got great feedback. Thanks so much Leonie :( Definitely will make this again!
Make this in my Bellini the other night, I tweaked the recipe a tad by using YIAH products, served it up on burgers while hot and my male was blown away.
Brought some more into work today to have with cheese on bickies and all the men I work with found it delicious. I had to send them the recipe so their wives can cook it at home. LOL
This was beautiful. Had it on a pizza base...Will be using the remaining for burgers tomorrow.
So even better on the burgers!!!! LOVE THIS
Going to try how this recipe freezes. Making a double batch and once cooled I am going to pop half in a plastic container and pop in my freezer.
Oh I would love to hear how that goes freezing please. I have been tempted to try this myself but haven't got around to it yet! :)
Can you tell me if you need to change the cooking time for a double batch?
Hi Veronica, general rule of thumb for TM recipes is you add 20% more cooking time when doubling a recipe. Enjoy! :)
Had my first go at making Bacon Jam, found I had to cook a little longer than suggested to reduce the fluid.
Husband loves it, he has a big smile on his face so that makes me happy! Thanks for the great recipe Leonie.
Thanks Yvonne - pleased hubby is happy! :) Be mindful though that the jam does set once it is in the fridge.
Is there anything else I can use instead of apple cider vinegar, its the only thing I don't have in the house and would really love to try this!
Gaby do you have malt vinegar or red wine vinegar?
I ended having to go to the shops anyway so picked up some apple cider. Going to give it a try today.
My pleasure Gaby! Enjoy! :)
Happy New Year !
Have been meaning to cook this for some time , whipped it up this morning and it's delicious , Thankyou !
I used Panela to sweeten and left out the maple syrup , and it was definitely sweet enough for me ; next time I will try the maple syrup and down the panela a bit . I think the cranberries would be great , but as it is, it dresses up a sharp chedder very nicely, it will be a staple on my cheese board!
Enjoy your cheese boards from now on Christeen! :)
Has any1 tried it yet with left over xmas ham?
Yes I sure did Ebony! Just last night! It's amazing! I can't decide now if I like it more with bacon or leg ham!! Sadly my batch of bacon jam was finished off the night before so I couldn't compare the two together!
patricia ferry says
Just making some now, very runny, even a thin sauce after 10 extra mins cooking, thought I followed recipe correctly, are the amounts of liquid correct?
Hi Patricia - it will thicken up in the fridge. :)
Thought I'd share this for others experiencing more liquid jam. I have made this recipe many times now always with success. Yesterday I 'needed' another dose but popping into the local corner shop for some bacon (bulk vac pack
Hi, just made this smells and tastes delish, however it is very very runny!!!!
Pam to thicken it up, cook it a bit longer. Not sure why it is very very runny as mine is usually very thick. However a suggestion though, for a runny batch keep it and use it spread on a pizza as a pizza sauce - it's awesome! :)
The flavour was great but was very, very sweet. I think I would reduce the amount of sugar in it next time.
Hello I just made this and hubs was wanting it eat it straight from the bowl. This will definitely be a winner with him and a few friends. Mine did turn out a bit runny, I cooked it for another 5 mins with the mc off. I also filled a 500g jar to the brim with a little left over (not worth putting in a jar so we'll sample it now)
Thanks so much! Looking forward to trying it
Hi Leonie, can you make a double batch in one go?
Hi Su - I haven't doubled it - but I'm sure it would be most suitable to double the recipe. :)
Hi Leonie, thanks for the great recipe, beautiful flavours. My jam has turned out a bit runny. Should I just cook it for longer next time without the MC on or will it thicken when it cools in the fridge? Thanks Cath
Pleased you like it Cath. It will thicken up in the fridge. A tip though - you can make a thin batch (less cooking time) and use it as a sauce on a pizza base! mmmmmmmm! :)
This was absolutely amazing on our burgers, the burger recipe was fab too! House smelled fantastic as the bacon jam was cooking. Now enjoying it with cheese and crackers. So so good, my new contribution to parties when you 'bring a plate' for sure
Would you serve it warm or cold on burgers? Made it two days ago and going on our burgers tonight!
HI Faye - I would try and serve the bacon jam near to room temperature. Enjoy! It's awesome on burgers! :)
When do you put the extras like cranberries in? In the final step or prior to that?
Melissa I would add the extras at step 4. :)
Could someone tell me how much this makes please, looks fab!!
it makes approx 450g. (2 small jars)
A fantastic recipe! Will be a regular for summer BBQs!
Thank you for such an easy and yummy recipe! We had it with steak, mushrooms and chips tonight! It will be a family favourite for a long time! :-)
Marilyn Newton says
Have just made and tried this and love it. On bikkies and cheese was my
favourite along with the adding it to a glaze for Chicken Meatloaf. Absoloodlely delicious. Thank you.
Thanks Marilyn for the bikkies and cheese and meatloaf ideas. :)
So easy, so quick & so scrumptious. We had it on burgers and it was perfect! friends dropped by so now we have orders to make more. Will definitely make this again and try out the variations listed. Thank you so much :-)
So pleased you enjoyed it Raelene. :)
Hello :) can't wait to make this for xmas presents. I'm a newbie so just wondering how long it will last in a sterilised & sealed jar? I see approx 1 month after opening but would rather make them in November if they will last. Store in fridge or cupboard before opened?
Thank you. I'm loving so many things on your site. It's nice to be excited about cooking!
Sorry Lauren - I really am wary on guessing when I really don't know! :( There is a fair amount of sugar in it so it should be fine for a good 2-3 months in the fridge - however I am guessing!
Made this today to have on our burgers....OMG! My partner says this is the best sauce/jam the thermie has ever made....delicious!!!!
lol - that's awesome to hear Mel. :)
My life is now complete. Thanks Leonie!
lol - thank you Judy :)
Alisa Orford-Roberts says
OMG, this is the first thing I'm cooking tomoz. Thanks so much
Enjoy Alisa :)
Marianne Spalek says
Yum! Can't wait to try that one...male Christmas presents perhaps
What a great idea Marianne for male xmas gifts! :)
why only male?
Not "only" male Susan. But a great gift for males, as we all know males typically are very hard to buy for. :)