Skip to content

Shallot Bacon Jam


  • 5 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
  • 10 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, optional

*This post may contain affiliate links. See my privacy statement for details.

If you know anything about me by now, you know I love the combination of sweet and salty. This Shallot Bacon Jam is all that, and more. It combines perfectly caramelized shallots with maple syrup and brown sugar to provide all the sweet. The addition of crisp salty bacon and a touch of heat, sent this recipe over the top. Goodness in every single spoonful.

A pan full of shallot bacon jam

Of course, I created a short TikTok video creating this fabulous Shallot Bacon Jam. Be sure to check it out in the recipe down below. Also, if you have not yet signed up for this social media platform, use my code 5SSIS800K0H06 to create an account.


Shallots are part of the allium family. They are a type of onion. Shallots are more elongated than your typical round onion. The bulb-like appearance resembles garlic. Most smaller shallots have two to three bulbs. Each clove is flat on one end and round on the other end.


Shallots have a mild taste compared to onions, leeks and chives. Think of a sweet, garlic flavor profile. Shallots are equally good for cooking, and enjoying raw.

Most often shallots can be substituted for onions. Typically, three bulbs of shallots equal one onion. Yellow onions would be a great alternative. However, the opposite will only hold true if the shallots are to be cooked. Raw onions are NEVER a good substitute for raw shallots.


Peel the copper colored skin from the shallot. Cut off both ends of the shallot. Peel off the thin skin. Begin at one end, thinly slicing the shallot using a sharp knife, or sharp paring knife. This technique will produce a thin, ring-like shape.


The key to caramelizing shallots or onions is PATIENCE! The shallots or onions, need to cook on a medium-low heat, very slowly. Believe me, caramelizing onions for my French Onion Soup, takes almost an hour. You can expect close to a half hour for the shallots.

Basically, you only need a bit of fat and a touch of salt, to get the caramelization process going. As the shallots start cooking, they will release their natural sugars creating a deep rich brown color, and sweet flavor. Be sure to mind the pan as the shallots are caramelizing. The natural sugars from the onions can burn rather quickly.


So, feel free to substitute onions for the shallots in the recipe. My preference in many of my recipes is shallots. A few more tips to making the most perfect Shallot Bacon Jam, include:

  • use thick-cut bacon diced into small, equal pieces
  • cook the bacon to super crispy
  • do NOT rush the process of caramelizing the shallots, or onions
  • use a high-quality maple syrup
  • for a little heat, add a touch of crushed red pepper flakes


If you can refrain from devouring this Shallot Bacon Jam by the spoonful, here are a few ideas on how to serve up this goodness:

  • toasted baguette
  • in a tart with brie cheese
  • on crackers or toast
  • top on a burger
  • as part of a charcuterie board
  • in a grilled cheese
  • use in a salad dressing
  • add to roasted vegetables
  • in an omelet, or breakfast sandwich
  • with your favorite cheese

Honestly, I could not wait to use this onion jam to create the most perfect Peach and Brie Puff Pastry! Looks amazing, right?

a puff pastry tart filled with brie cheese, peaches and shallot bacon jam
clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
A pan full of shallot bacon jam



If you love sweet, salt and savory flavor profiles, you are going to fall in love with this recipe for Shallot Bacon Jam. It’s relatively easy to prepare and can be enjoyed alone on toast or crackers, or serve up in a tart. 

Additionally, top this Shallot Bacon Jam on a burger, or elevate your next grilled cheese.


  • 5 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
  • 10 shallots, sliced thin
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Crisp up the diced bacon. 
  2. Remove from pan.
  3. Turn down the heat to medium-low.
  4. Add the sliced shallots to the bacon fat.
  5. Cook low and slow until the shallots have caramelized. Stir often. (This may take at least a half hour).
  6. Add the brown sugar, maple syrup, crisp bacon, apple cider vinegar, black pepper and crushed red pepper to the caramelized shallots.
  7. Stir and allow the mixture to thicken to a jam-like consistency. This should only take a few minutes.
  8. SERVE and ENJOY!



  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes


  • Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons

Keywords: how to make onion jam, how to caramelize onions, how to caramelize shallots, how to make a bacon onion jam, how long does it take to caramelize shallots, how long does it take to caramelize onions, how to make shallot bacon jam, how to make bacon jam,


I am more than just recipes. I love fashion and style too! Most importantly, I love my Family (my Hubby and my Fur Babies). My Husband (aka my “Kitchen Bitch”) means the world to me. He’s pretty damn cool too. Not only is he one of the nicest guys you will ever meet, he also has had a lengthy career in professional hockey. Not only winning two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the early ’90’s, but most recently winning the Calder Cup with the Charlotte Checkers, amongst many other accolades. If you live in Charlotte and play hockey, or have a family member who plays, be sure to contact him. He is known as one of the best skate sharpeners in the world!

Our life has changed dramatically in the past few years with the passing of our two goldendoodles, Vegas and Viva. We were lucky enough to have Vegas for five years (totally wish it was longer). Most recently, losing our Viva to a brain tumor in July of 2020. We welcomed our mini goldendoodle 7, almost seven years ago. We just added the amazing Hazel! Of course, I am always posting tons and tons of photos! Be sure to check out my recipe for Pet Bone Broth! This broth is super rich in nutrients and will provide your pet with a multitude of health benefits!


Be sure to follow me on social media! I’m always talking food, fashion, and family! I also love sharing some of my favorite Amazon Finds too. Click here to check out my Amazon page! FacebookInstagramTikTokTwitter and Pinterest!

More to Plate...

A white bowl of yogurt topped with homemade granola and fresh berries with a glass jar of granola in the background.

Gluten-Free Homemade Granola

Are you in search of a gluten-free breakfast option that is not only nutritious and delicious, but also fuels your day with

No comment yet, add your voice below!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.