Taking Brunch to the Next Level: Maple Bacon Bourbon Jam

A salty, sweet jam made with BACON as the main ingredient.


Difficulty: Easy
Cost: $$
Time: 20 minutes (including prep)

Watch me prep, cook, and serve this jam in Episode 1 of Michelle’s Pop Up Kitchen: Maple Bacon Bourbon Jam

Ingredient List:

  • 1.5 – 2 lbs Bacon (I, of course, used 2 lbs)
  • 1 Sweet Onion (about 1 cup)
  • 1 Shallot
  • 4 cloves of Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Bourbon
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste (optional)



  • Dice the onion, shallot, and garlic into small pieces (keeping these ingredients separate)
  • Slice bacon into chunky, bite-size pieces
  • Bring a large-sized pan to medium heat on the stove (non-stick if you have it)


  • Once the pan has heated up, add the bite-sized bacon pieces to fry ’em up
  • When the bacon has finished cooking, remove the bacon from the pan, leaving about 1 of bacon fat in the pan
  • Place bacon on paper towels to drain excess fat
  • Return the pan to the stove with 1 tablespoon bacon fat
  • Add the diced onion and shallot
  • Once the onions and shallot have begun to caramelize (have turned golden in color), add 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika and 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Add dash of salt and pepper to taste (optional)
  • Mix the onions and shallots with the added spices
  • Add diced garlic garlic
  • Stand back from the stove and *slowly* add 1/2 cup bourbon
  • Add 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Add 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • Add 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Stir to allow brown sugar to dissolve
  • Add fried bacon bits back to the pan
  • Fold in all of the ingredients
  • Turn stove on low to simmer (while simmering, the jam will begin to thicken up)


  • Once the jam has reached your desired (thick, gooey) consistency, turn the stove off and serve!

This is a great breakfast or brunch item that any bacon lover will enjoy.  As shown in the video, I simply served this jam on top a couple of toasted baguette slices.  BUT I bet this would also go really good on some flatbread with a little bit of shaved parmesan, topped with arugula.  mmmmmmm.

Hungry Homer

Definitely saving that idea for another recipe/video.

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