Bacon & Onion Jam

Bacon & Onion Jam

This sweet-and-salty spread is a party favorite! The onions caramelize in the microwave with bacon, brown sugar, and balsamic vinegar to make a craveable, jammy spread. Pair with Easy "Baked" Brie for a festive appetizer spread in minutes.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

1 cup

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Prep Time

8 mins

Cook Time

13 mins

Free Time

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  • 1 cup (120g) diced yellow or red onion
  • 4 strips thick-cut bacon, diced
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar


  1. Place the onion, bacon, baking soda, mustard, and brown sugar in the Anyday dish, and stir to combine.
  2. Cook uncovered in the microwave for 13-14 minutes or until the jam achieves a golden-brown color.
  3. Add the balsamic vinegar and stir until fully incorporated.
  4. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 10 days.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Serve with toasted bread, crackers, or chips.
  • Substitute bacon for pancetta, prosciutto or guanciale.
  • Add chili flakes for a spicy kick.
  • Save Time with Anytime Trays: Allow jam to cool completely, about 10-15 minutes. Portion evenly into the Anytime Trays, cover with lid and freeze.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.