Minka's Bourbon Bacon Jam

Minka's Bourbon Bacon Jam


  • 12 oz bacon, chopped (small pieces work best)
  • 1 sweet onion, finely chopped/diced
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 5-6 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 5 Tbsp bourbon
  • 5 Tbsp water
  • A pinch of black pepper to taste
  • A little bit of salt never hurts

Variations of the recipe:

Spicy: I don't like much spice. BUT if you do, add a pinch or more of cayenne pepper.  If you like things HAWT→ add as much cayenne pepper as you like!

Garlic: I LOVE me some garlic! If you're a garlic lover like me, add some minced garlic to your burgers. I like to add garlic and a bit of onion powder to mine.


  1. Sauté bacon over medium heat until crispy. Approx 8-12 mins. Add in onion and garlic, cooking until soft and tender. Approx 3-5 mins. *I recommend that you do not use microwave bacon. Center cut bacon is a good choice. There could be a lot of grease so I would drain about half the grease.
  2. Add in the apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, bourbon, water, black pepper, salt, and cayenne *If you elected for spice. Combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil, then simmer. Stirring occasionally until the liquid is mostly cooked off. Approx 10-15 mins. Mixture should be thick and syrupy.
  3. Serve immediately. Or place in a container and refrigerate for a later date.


Bourbon Bacon Jam recipe yields approx 1 1/2 - 2 cups.