Bacon and Cranberry Onion Jam

I know. Bacon and Cranberry Onion Jam. You’re thinking I’m a pretentious hipster snob that eats jam made with meat and/or vegetables that grow underneath the ground (as if jams made with vegetables grown above the ground are a whole lot better). You think no one in your life would ever eat this. You want to keep scrolling. Don’t. Please. This, on top of some goat cheese on a sourdough baguette, is maybe the most delicious thing I’ve eaten in a long time. People will eat it. And not only will they eat it, they’re going to be your new best friend. If you’re throwing a holiday party, if you’re going to a holiday party, if you have a date with Netflix and your new fuzzy velour joggers (we’re not gonna call them sweat pants), this needs to be on that date.

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You’ll need  some bacon, sweet onions, salt, red pepper flakes, sugar, cranberries, and balsamic vinegar.

Cranberry-Bacon Onion Jam Ingredients

If you’ve been looking for ways to use our bacon olive oil or one of our awesome vinegars, this is the place! If you want, you could use 1/3 cup of bacon olive oil in place of the bacon and then any of the balsamic vinegars would be perfect–I used raspberry and it was SO delicious!

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Wash the cranberries…

Cranberries in colander

and sort through them to remove any that are wilted or moldy.

Sorting cranberries

In a large, heavy pan, cook the bacon

Bacon in pan

until crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan, leaving as many drippings in the pan as possible, and drain on a paper towel. When cool, finely chop the bacon.

Cooked bacon

Add the onions to the drippings in the pan and season with salt and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring frequently,

Onions cooking on stove

until the onions are starting to brown and are softened. Turn heat to low, cover, and cook for about 20 minutes.

Remove lid and increase heat to medium. Add the cranberries, bacon, and sugar and stir until the mixture is simmering. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for another 30 minutes or until the berries have burst and are syrupy.

Remove from heat and stir in the balsamic vinegar.

bacon jam in jar

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Onion Jam with Cranberries and Bacon and goat cheese on baguette

It’s sweet. It’s smoky. It’s tangy. It’s…the best thing going on in my life right now.

Onion Jam with Cranberries and Bacon and goat cheese on baguette 2

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Bacon and Cranberry Onion Jam

  • Author: kate jones
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups

Description

This sweet, smoky, tangy Bacon and Cranberry Onion Jam is the perfect match for goat cheese, brie, or cream cheese! Try it on a sandwich or with cheese on baguette slices!


Ingredients

  • 6 ounces bacon
  • 4 cups sweet onions, halved and thinly sliced (about 2 medium onions)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Pinch red pepper flakes (more if desired)
  • 1 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Instructions

In a large, heavy pan, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan, leaving as many drippings in the pan as possible, and drain on a paper towel. When cool, finely chop the bacon.

Add the onions to the drippings in the pan and season with salt and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are starting to brown and are softened. Turn heat to low, cover, and cook for about 20 minutes. 

Remove lid and increase heat to medium. Add the cranberries, bacon, and sugar and stir until the mixture is simmering. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for another 30 minutes or until the berries have burst and are syrupy.

Remove from heat and stir in the balsamic vinegar. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Notes

This makes a delicious sandwich or burger spread or is perfect as an appetizer–serve on top of crackers or baguette slices spread with goat, brie, or cream cheese!

38 comments

  1. This looks amazing! Question: you say sweet onions in your recipe but it looks like your picture is with purple onions which I’ve never considered sweet…. which kind of onion, in your opinion, is the better flavor in this dish? Thanks!

    1. For me, I like the purple onions…super sweet onions (like Mauis) end up being a little cloying. You could cut back on the sugar a little if you use a sweeter onion.

  2. Do you think it would be ok to make a double batch in one pot or do you think each batch should be made separately?

      1. I just doubled it in a 6 quart stock pot. It’s not done yet, but it seems to be working just fine. 🙂 Can’t wait to taste it!!

  3. Oh I am so making this. I don’t doubt for a second that it is deeevine. Bacon and sweet onions are my love language. Also gotta say I love reading your posts!! You are hilarious and have such a great writing style!! Maybe I missed it but I can’t see when to add the chopped bacon back in… ? Assuming you do add it back in?

  4. I just happen to have a giant bag of fresh cranberries in my fridge right now bought on impulse for just such a time as this! And as luck would have it, I have everything else on hand right now to make this. It’s happening today and while I fully anticipate demolishing most of it (in my velour joggers..haha), I’m thinking it would be an awesome little gift.

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