bacon marmalade

What doesn’t taste good with bacon in it? Bacon continues to capture the imagination of chefs and home cooks from around the world. Rather than limiting it to savory dishes, they are using it in cakes, cookies, sweet muffins and even frosting. I get a kick out of food fads but bacon bits in my chocolate frosting doesn’t grab me. However, I loved the idea of bacon marmalade – smokey, salty and sweet!

My recipe could just as easily been called onion marmalade but that would have kind of defeated catching the ‘bacon train’. The next time you are serving hors d’oeuvres give this dish a try. It’s simple to make, fantastic to eat and very foodie!

Bacon marmalade

4 slices thick bacon

4 pounds yellow onions, sliced thin

2 teaspoons sea salt

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons brown sugar

10 sprigs thyme, leaves picked

1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Cook the bacon until crisp, then remove and set aside, leaving all the rendered fat in the skillet.

Add the onions and salt to the skillet, reduce the heat to medium and cook until the onions soft – about 15 minutes. Stir often

Chop the bacon finely then add it and the remaining ingredients to the pan. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the liquid is almost gone, stirring occasionally (about an hour).

Remove from the heat, stir in thyme leaves and black pepper and let cool.

I served my bacon marmalade on a thin slice of cranberry and fennel bread topped with a Danish blue cheese.

Thanks for reading.

  • Bob McVicar

    That sounds simply mouth- watering; gonna do it this fall.

    • It’s absolutely a’Bob’dish!!!

  • Bacon rules! What a great recipe. I infused the fat from a pound of bacon with a whole bulb of pressed garlic and used it to make potato salad the other day. Oh my!

    • that sounds unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tammy

    Can’t wait to try this!!

  • Way better than bacon frosting!

  • Janice Brown

    Love the first shot! Probably your best photo yet.

  • Toddie

    I’ve had Bacon jam before but I didn’t make that at home. Very excited about trying this out!

    • It’s so easy. Hope you like it!

  • Shannon Brown

    I was just goggling bacon marmalade appetizers and your site came up, this is perfect I am going to make it this weekend!

    • very cool! hugs and kisses to you and your boys…

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  • Can’t wait to try this recipe but I’m confused??? In one step you say to add the chopped pieces of bacon AND the remaining ingredients to the onions and cook for an hour…then in the next step you say add the brown sugar and balsamic vinegar??? Have I not already adde these two Ingred. Help??? LOL!

    • Sorry about that! I went back and cleared up the directions.

      Hope the recipe is clearer.

  • Anonymous

    This sounds amazing! Does anyone know if it’s acidic enough to be preserved with a home canner? I’d love to give it as a gift.

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  • Anonymous

    This looks delicious! I would like to try it but I’m wondering, how long does it keep in the fridge?

    • It really is tasty! Well covered, it should keep up to 1 week…