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Bourbon Bacon Relish (Gluten-free, soy-free, grain-free, dairy-free)

Brace yourselves, bacon lovers. From breakfast to happy hour and every snack in between, you'll want to slather this savory and sweet bourbon bacon jam on everything in sight... or just eat it straight from the jar.

No matter how you serve it, everyone is sure to scarf up this irresistible bacon spread. Thinly sliced onions cooked down with crispy chopped bacon, bourbon, ACV, and date syrup until it all forms a thick, sticky, salty, sweet 'mess'. (insert drool emoji here 🤣).

Bourbon Bacon Relish (Gluten-free, soy-free, grain-free, dairy-free)

Bourbon Bacon Jam freezes awesomely. You might want to make a double batch to have on hand to top pizzas, add to sandwiches, or mix with meatballs for your next get-together!

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Bourbon Bacon Relish (Gluten-free, soy-free, grain-free, dairy-free)


  • 1 ½ pounds (roughly one package) thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 yellow onion, sliced

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • ⅓ cup date syrup (pure maple syrup works, too)

  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

  • ¼ cup bourbon

  • Salt to taste


  • In a medium skillet, cook bacon, stirring occasionally, until done and on the verge of crispy, approximately 10 minutes. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate.

  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Add onions and garlic to the pan with the bacon grease and cook the onions until the onions caramelize... about 4-5 minutes.

  • Add remaining ingredients, stir well. Simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until everything starts to thicken and turn shiny "Jammy".

  • Return the bacon to the pan, turn off the heat, stir well and allow everything to sit and thicken for a few minutes. Salt to taste.

  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

  • Enjoy!

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