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11 March 2015

A sweet and savory bacon jam recipe made with bacon, chili peppers, brown sugar and more, so perfect as a spread.

Have you ever tasted decadence on a spoon? Behold – Bacon Jam.

I’ve heard bacon jam referred to as Devil’s Delight somewhere, and oh my, is that an accurate moniker. Bacon jam is deliciously savory and sweet and works as a spread over cheeses and breads, or as a flavor blast addition to meats or sandwiches.

And so much more! Can you tell we both love bacon jam?

I’ve been experimenting with different ingredients and this is our favorite version, though I also love to use superhot chili peppers. I’m working on a new cookbook about superhot chili peppers, including a large variety of cooking techniques and recipes, and a version of this recipe will be included with Carolina Reaper peppers.

If you want to make your own superhot version, you can use a powder or dehydrated chili peppers. Fresh is ideal, but the powders or rehydrated pods will still bring plenty of flavor and heat.

Note here that I’ve used habanero peppers, which are certainly awesome chili peppers. You’ll get a nice heat with them, but if habaneros are too hot for you, jalapenos work just fine, or even a bell pepper.

You want the substance and flavor of the pepper over the heat, but I personally LOVE the heat.

Slow Cooker Bacon Jam

We served some up immediately here over some cheese slices and toasted breads. It really is a great little appetizer or teaser. I’ve made grilled cheese with bacon jam and I hope to post that soon, and WOW, is it freaking delicious. Definitely one of our favorites.

Here is the recipe in all its splendor.

Patty’s Perspective

We shared some of our bacon jam with our neighbors and everyone asked – What do you do with it? I told them for a fail safe way to enjoy bacon jam, pair it with cheese and you can’t go wrong.

Check Out My Other Popular Spicy Bacon Recipes

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

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5 from 2 votes

Slow Cooker Bacon Jam - Recipe

A sweet and savory bacon jam recipe made with bacon, chili peppers, brown sugar and more, so perfect as a spread.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon
Servings: 20
Calories: 133kcal


  • 1 pound bacon
  • 2 small onions chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 habanero peppers chopped (If habaneros are too hot for you, use milder peppers instead, like the jalapeno. If you want more heat and can find them, use some superhots like the Carolina Reaper! Oh baby!)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup brewed coffee brew it strong!
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dark chili powder A superhot powder is nice! I used Scotch Bonnet this time.


  • Heat a large pot to medium heat and add bacon. Cook until nearly crisp and brown. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to cool and drain.
  • Cook the onions in the pot with the bacon fat about 5 minutes to soften.
  • Add garlic and habanero peppers and stir. Cook about 2 minutes.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and stir. Bring the mixture to a boil reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Chop the bacon and add it into the pot.
  • Cook low and slow for about 4 hours, stirring every now and then. A thick jam will form. Also, you can use a slow cooker to achieve the same results.
  • When it is nice and gooey and consistent, transfer some of it to a food processor and process until slightly chunky. Add back to the rest of the bacon jam and mix well. You can process as much as you want for your desired consistency.
  • Allow to cool then transfer to containers for serving.


Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 97mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.2mg

See below. Just look at it. Yum! It is so gooey and spreadabale, so tasty. Make an extra large batch and give it away to your friends and neighbors. They will love you for it.

Slow Cooker Bacon Jam

Slow Cooker Bacon Jam



  1. Christina Jefferson

    Hi! Do you take the seeds out of the jalapeno? I suspect not but just want to be sure. Thanks!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Christina, I do not, but you surely can if you’d like. Removing all of the whitish innards will greatly reduce the heat. Let me know how it turns out for you. Enjoy!

  2. Add a few table spoons of the jam to a tub of whipped cream cheese. Serve as a dip for chips, pretzels and crackers.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      A perfect way to enjoy it, Debbie! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Daniel! I appreciate it! This is definitely a good one.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      So many cheeses are great, but personally I like Manchego.

  3. Hi Mike,

    How long would this hold if I bottled it in the correct bottling process?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Denya, I’ve never tried to bottle bacon jam for long term storage. You’d really have to test the pH of it, or use a pressure canner to keep it for storage. Otherwise, it isn’t really meant to be kept long.

  4. Made 2 batches of this today. One with jalapeños for the wife & kids and the 2nd was with some ghost peppers i had. The batch with the ghost peppers was soooo good. Honestly could have added another ghost pepper or 2. Very great recipe and worth a try.

  5. Hi Mike. In the Reaper version, what amount do you use? 2 seems pretty insane to me… thanks! 🙂

    REPLY: Sam, yes that is how much I used, though you can certainly dial it back! — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  6. I made this but it ended up a lot darker than yours. It is still good but it has a slight over-cooked taste. Have any ideas why?

    I think I should have drained some bacon grease before adding the onions. The grease did not evaporate as the jam cooked and probably kept the ingredients hotter than they should have been.

    Also, I used yellow onions, I’m not sure what you used.

    REPLY: JP, it sounds like an issue of heat. I wonder if your slow cooker has a hotter temperature than mine. It could also be the amount in the slow cooker. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  7. Can this be canned

    REPLY: Stacie, it is not something I would personally want to do, but if you did, you would need to use a pressure canner. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  8. I am kinda clueless :). When you say take some and put in food processor do you do all of it that way or only some and then add to the other that is cooling?

    REPLY: Brian, basically process maybe half of the mixture, then add it back to the rest of the jam. The goal is to have a slightly chunky jam, but not too chunky. You CAN process ALL of it if you’d like, but then it might be a bit too pureed. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  9. Bill Riddle

    Just finished 2 separate batches; taste is incredible. I might get a little selfish with this but with 2 children, 3 grandchildren, and 2 sisters, I may have to make more next week!
    Thank you for a great recipe!

  10. How long does this keep?

    REPLY: Mary, keep in the fridge to last 2-4 weeks, or freeze to keep longer. | Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  11. Timothy Yeargin

    O M G !!!!!!!!!!! I have GOT to try this !!! This looks awesome , thanks !!!

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