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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


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!


  • 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


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.


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!