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Tomato Bacon Jam

March 12, 2024 • 0 comments

Tomato Bacon Jam
Tomato Bacon Jam is a sweet and savory spread made with fresh tomatoes, bacon, onions, sugar, spices, and red pepper flakes for a slight kick. It is a jam you could eat with a spoon!
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  • (1 pound, about 10 slices, cut into pieces) Smoked Bacon
  • 2 pounds Roma tomatoes*, about 10 tomatoes
  • 1 yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar


Blanching Tomatoes

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. To a large bowl, add cold water and plenty of ice for an ice bath.
  • Thoroughly wash your tomatoes. Remove the core from the tops of the tomatoes and use a very sharp knife to cut a shallow "x" at the bottom of each tomato.
  • Blanch the tomatoes in the boiling water for 30-60 seconds. Then, immediately place them in the prepared ice water for about a minute.
  • After the tomatoes are cool enough to handle, transfer them to a cutting board. Peel the skins using either your hands or a paring knife.
  • Seed and dice the tomatoes. You will have about 3 cups of diced tomatoes.

Tomato Bacon Jam

  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, fry the bacon pieces for 6-8 minutes, or until crispy. Once the bacon is crispy, remove from heat and place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  • Drain all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease. To the bacon grease, add the chopped onion and cook for 6-8 minutes, or until softened.
  • Once the onion is cooked, add the crumbled bacon, tomatoes, red pepper flakes, brown sugar, salt, ground mustard, and apple cider vinegar.
  • Mix together and bring to a gentle boil.
  • Continue to boil for 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mixture thickens with very little liquid remaining.
  • Remove from heat and serve warm or cold.

*If you are using canned tomatoes, skip the Blanching section of the instructions.