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Tomato Bacon Jam

Tomato Bacon Jam is bursting with savory sweet flavor and chunks of bacon. Ripe tomatoes and crispy bacon are slow simmered until they make a thick jam that is perfect for any cheese board or topping a burger.

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Tomato Jam with Bacon

I’m a sucker for a great spread and this one is top on my list!

A little sweet, a little smoky, and a little savory, it’s perfect for biscuits are breakfast, on a sandwich for lunch, next to cheese and crackers on a charcuterie board, or spread over cream cheese or brie for a party appetizer.

Loaded with tomatoes, onions, and smoky bacon that have been cooked down until thick and jammy and oh so delicious.

Think of thick caramelized onions but with a smoky and slightly spicy kick! I love spreading this on some crostini and making sort of a “Southern” bruschetta🙂

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Ingredients Needed

Tomatoes – use ripe tomatoes diced small. If you want to remove the seeds before dicing that’s cool.

Bacon – I like to use center cut bacon because there is less fat on it. I would not recommend thick cut as you won’t have as much bacon distributed in the jam.

Sugars – This recipe uses a combination of light brown and white granulated sugar. You can also use dark brown sugar if you like. I have not tried this with sugar substitutes.

Spices – Keeping it simple with salt, dried mustard, and red pepper flakes.

Kitchen staples – Onion, apple cider vinegar, garlic.

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How to make Tomato Bacon Jam

First: In a large pot, skillet, or dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon pieces to a paper towel lined plate to drain.

Second: In the pot with the bacon fat, add the diced fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, vinegar, sugars, and spices. Stir to mix. Bring to a gentle boil. Reduce temperature to simmer and cook for 30 minutes stirring occasionally or every 10 minutes.

Third: After 30 minutes, the volume/liquid should be reduced by half. Add the cooked bacon and stir to continue.

Fourth: Cook, stirring, for another 20 minutes or until the majority of the liquid is evaporated and the jam has a thick consistency. Remove from the heat and serve or let cool and store in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

spatula with jam on it

How do I use it?

You can serve this with crackers, biscuits, toast, on a cheese board, top a burger, add to a sandwich, mix with cream cheese, or give it as a gift!

Is it shelf stable?

It is if you preserve it with a pressure canner. I have not tested that with this recipe. Store this cooked jam in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature if you don’t like it cold.

This tomato bacon jam last for 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator. You can also freeze it for up to 6 months.

What does tomato jam taste like?

You might think that it is a savory spread but the brown sugar and white sugar make it pretty sweet. But it’s balanced by the smokiness and saltiness of the bacon and the acidity of the tomatoes.

board with jam on it

Can I make it sugar free?

I have not tried this will sugar substitutes but you can also make this with pure maple syrup if you want to stay away from refined sugar.

What tomatoes are best for jam?

Pick ripe, plump tomatoes. I prefer vine ripe or Roma tomatoes but you can also use grape or cherry tomatoes.

Can I preserve this?

This will last for a few weeks in the refrigerator but if you want to store it for longer you will need to preserve it with a pressure canner.

I have not tried it yet as we always eat it too quickly. This is a great resource if you want to try canning it.

plate of crackers and jam

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • Use red ripe tomatoes. Before you dice them you can remove the seeds if you like. This will also decrease the amount of liquid you need to cook out.
  • Once you cook the bacon and remove it from the pan, you can remove the excess bacon fat in the pot or leave it there. I, personally leave it in there for more bacon flavor.
  • If you like spicy or more savory jam you can increase the amount of red pepper flakes.
  • When coming to the end of the cooking process you might need to stir more frequently to avoid scorching.
  • If you like your jam less chunky, you can always add the finished jam to a food processor and pulse until you reach the desired consistency.

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charcuterie board with text "tomato bacon jam"

This Tomato Jam Recipe is sweet, savory, and smoky and delicious on burgers, crackers, and cheese boards. It’s also a great way to use up all those tomatoes from the garden!

cheese board with jar of tomato bacon jam

Tomato Bacon Jam

Tomato Bacon Jam is bursting with savory sweet flavor and chunks of bacon. Ripe tomatoes and crispy bacon are slow simmered until they make a thick jam that is perfect for any cheese board or topping a burger.
4.63 from 16 votes
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 260kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces bacon diced
  • 2 pounds ripe tomatoes diced
  • 1 medium sweet onion diced
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced fine
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • In a large pot or skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove bacon pieces to a paper towel to drain.
  • In the pot with the bacon fat, add the diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, vinegar, sugars, and spices.
  • Stir to mix. Bring to a gentle boil.
  • Reduce temperature to simmer and cook for 30 minutes stirring every 10 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, the volume/liquid should be reduced by half. Add the cooked bacon and stir to continue.
  • Cook for another 20-30 minutes, stirring often, until the majority of the liquid is evaporated and the jam has a thick consistency.
  • Remove from the heat and serve or let cool and store in the refrigerator.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

    • Use red ripe tomatoes. Before you dice them you can remove the seeds if you like. This will also decrease the amount of liquid you need to cook out.
    • Once you cook the bacon and remove it from the pan, you can remove the excess bacon fat in the pot or leave it there. I, personally leave it in there for more bacon flavor.
    • If you like spicy or more savory jam you can increase the amount of red pepper flakes.
    • When coming to the end of the cooking process you might need to stir more frequently to avoid scorching.
    • If you like your jam less chunky, you can always add the finished jam to a food processor and pulse until you reach the desired consistency.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 585mg | Potassium: 404mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 998IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

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Recipe Rating




Ellen

Tuesday 10th of August 2021

I can think of so many delicious ways to use this amazing tomato bacon jam. I know it's going to be delicious.

Amy

Tuesday 10th of August 2021

I will eat this with all the things! First on my list though is breakfast sandwiches with homemade english muffins and a fried egg!

Kathy

Tuesday 10th of August 2021

Just when I thought tomato jam couldn't get any better, you add bacon to it! This is addictively delicious. I will be making this again quite often as it was a hit at our house.

Lisa Kerhin

Sunday 8th of August 2021

I love tomato bacon jam on burgers! I need to make your recipe and use in on a cheese board now

Ashley Marie Lecker

Sunday 8th of August 2021

What a yummy spread! This is great on a burger or on a cheese plate- delicious!