Passion for Pork

Recipe: Chili Bacon and Apple Jam

Dan Clapson - Friday, September 4, 2015

apple bacon jam recipe

If you say the words, “bacon jam” (or as bacon fanatics like to call it, “BACON JAM!”) people’s ears usually perk up. This sweet, salty condiment is really easy to make at home. The apple and mustard in this recipe add nice texture and contrast to the richness of the cooked bacon. For the bacon in this recipe, I used this delicious, thick cut Hutterite bacon that you can find at Calgary Co-op. It’s made just outside of Claresholm, Alberta so nice and local. Gotta love it!

Serve it on a charcuterie platter at your next party or use it the way I love to, Slathered on white bread when you’re making a grilled cheese sandwiches.

I know, right? You’re welcome!

What you’ll need…

8 strips thick cut bacon (diced)

1 yellow onion (diced)

2 cloves garlic (minced)

1 gala apple (cored and diced)

1/4 cup water

3 tablespoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons grainy dijon mustard

2 teaspoons chili powder

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

salt (to taste)


Heat up a large pan on medium-high heat. Once hot, add diced bacon and cook for 5 minutes.

Next, add onion and garlic and cook until softened, about another 5 minutes.

Add apple to the pan and continue to cook for another 5 minutes, stirring regularly. If bacon fat has been completely absorbed by components add a splash or two of water to the pan to stop over caramelization.

Transfer contents of pan to a blender or food processor along with remaining ingredients and puree several times until mixture is a slightly chunky paste.

Return to pan and continue to cook on medium-high heat, stirring regularly, until mixture thickens noticeably, about 8-10 minutes.

Remove from heat and once room temperature, transfer to container, cover and keep in the refrigerator until ready to use. Will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Yields 1 1/2 cups bacon jam

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