The Secret Ingredient That Makes ALL Sandwiches Better!

Bacon Jam
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Wondering what the Secret Ingredient that makes almost every single sandwich better? The answer is easy - BACON JAM!

*Bacon Jam is like your best friend - having it there makes everything better!*

This sweet and savory spread is made with lots of crispy bacon, slow-cooked caramelized onions, brown sugar, vinegar and a bunch of other spices. It is then cooked down into a delicious savory jam that is packed with flavor!

And the best part is, that it's totally transformable. So whether you add a bunch of chopped apples, a handful of fresh blackberries or sweet summertime tomatoes, you can't go wrong!

You can even try adding in different spices like fragrant curry powder, spicy aleppo pepper, or colorful tumeric. And if you've got booze on hand, throw you can throw that in, too! Personally, I recommend using a bourbon whiskey with this jam, but it also works well with rum or mezcal! 

  • 01 of 05

    Grilled Mac n Cheese with Bacon Jam

    Grilled Mac n Cheese with Bacon Jam

    This grilled macaroni and grilled cheese is literally the jam! 

    Made with the richest, most creamiest gruyere-laced macaroni and cheese recipe and our stand-by recipe for sweet and savory bacon jam, this grilled cheese is a packed full of perfectly balanced flavor. 

    If you're making the macaroni and cheese for this recipe, be sure to let the pasta cool and come to room temp so that the cheese starts to act like glue so all the noodles don't fall out all over the place as you're grilling it. 

    And if you already have some mac n cheese on hand or if you're looking for a fun way to utilize your leftovers, then this recipe is perfect for that! The trick is to use cold (or room temperature) macaroni and cheese so that it sticks together better during the grilling process... and we all know that cold macaroni and cheese is perfect for that! 

    And if you don't eat bacon, don't worry! Leave out the bacon and add double the amount of onions (or tomatoes) for a ridiculously yummy onion jam that goes perfectly with the gruyere mac n cheese recipe below!

    And again, feel free to leave out the bread and use the bacon jam as a crust to irresistible baked gruyere mac n cheese.

  • 02 of 05

    Bacon Jam, Brussels Sprouts, Ricotta, Parmesan Grilled Cheese

    Ricotta, Parmesan, Bacon Jam + Brussels Sprouts Grilled Cheese
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    There's nothing quite like this Bacon Jam, Brussels Sprouts, Ricotta, Parmesan Grilled Cheese!

    Probably because there's nothing quite like bacon jam, obviously! Let's be real this is the edible form of crack. It's sweet and salty goodness comes from slowly rendering bacon and then cooking it down with brown sugar, caramelized onions, and red wine vinegar until a thick and chunky jam develops.

    To make this sandwich, all you need to do is fry some brussels sprouts in bacon grease until they're all golden brown and the insides are cooked. After that, you pile some fresh ricotta, parmesan cheese, the fried brussels sprouts and tasty bacon jam between two beautiful pieces of bread, butter-said-bread, and fry the sandwich until it's all golden and crispy and irresistable. 

    Another thing to point out - What's cool about this sandwich is that you can even leave out the bread and serve the insides as a delicious side dish to dinner or lunch. I mean, how good does crispy brussels sprouts with fresh ricotta, nutty parmesan and sweet and salty bacon jam sound? Ridiculous, right?

  • 03 of 05

    Wisconsin Cheddar Grilled Cheese With Bacon Jam and Pickled Jalapenos

    Bacon Jam Grilled Cheese with Pickled Jalapenos
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    This ultimate grilled cheese sandwich is loaded with Wisconsin's best aged sharp cheddar, sweet and savory homemade bacon jam, and spicy pickled jalapenos. It's rich, creamy, crunchy, meaty, cheesy, sweet, and spicy and basically encapsulates every delicious flavor between two hearty slices of buttery texas toast. 

    Not only is it one of my favorite sandwiches of all time, but it's also one of my go-to's for my Grilled Cheese Social pop-ups. I've made this sandwich for people all over the world - from San Fransisco, California to Hamburg, Germany - and it's always a hit. 

    So if you're able to get specialty cheeses in your area, try to find Hook's 3-year cheddar from Wisconsin. It's my absolute favorite and pairs perfectly with the ingredients of this sandwich. You'll definitely want to serve it with chips and a pickle!

    And if you can't find Hook's any aged sharp cheddar will work wonders. Not only does aged cheddar melt beautifully, but the sharpness from the cheese helps cut through some of the sweetness and fattiness from the bacon jam. Even if it's white cheddar, or some sort of alpine cheese, bacon jam pairs perfectly with every variety you can think of. And if you're unsure, give it a little taste test - chances are, you're going to love it no matter what!

  • 04 of 05

    Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese with Fennel Black Pepper Bacon Spread

    Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese with Fennel Black Pepper Bacon Spread
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    So what's all on this ridiculously good-looking sandwich? This tasty goat cheese grilled is paired with tart goat cheese to cut through the richness, creamy fontina to help with the melt factor and of course, the Fennel and Black Pepper Bacon Spread - by Skillet Bacon Jam to make it completely irresistible! 

    Don't like fennel or have an aversion to black pepper? I recommend trying their original version which is sort of similar to the one that I've shared a few slides before. 

    If you'd like to get your hands on this tasty spread or want to see more of what you can do with's "Grilled Cheese, Please" taster box, then click [HERE] to visit my personal blog Grilled Cheese Social or click the related links below to get even more awesome grilled cheese recipes! 

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  • 05 of 05

    Bacon Jam, Egg + Cheese Bagel Sandwich with Pickle Jalapeños.

    Bacon Jam, Egg + Cheese Bagel Sandwich
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    If you like sweet, savory and spicy sandwiches in the morning then this breakfast bagel sandwich is for you! Made with a sweet and smoky bacon jam from our go-to recipe, light and fluffy cheesy scrambled eggs, and spicy pickled jalapeños on a toasted everything bagel with a smear of smokey paprika aioli.

    Once you've mastered our recipe for the perfect melt in your mouth bacon jam, then it's time to try your hand at making our perfect light and fluffy scrambled eggs.

    Begin by vigorously whisking eggs until they're light yellow and smooth. Add a few dashes of hot sauce - I recommend using Frank's because I think it has a nice vinegary bite that makes the eggs super flavorful - and a pinch of salt. Whisk it again until everything is a sold color and has a creamy consistency.

    Next, grab your favorite nonstick pan and add some salted butter. Once the butter starts to get little bubbles, wait a second for the bubbles to all pop, then add in the eggs and grab a soft, pliable cake spatula. Continouosly stir the eggs, scraping up the from the bottom until the eggs start to reduce into a thick custard-lie mixture. Once it reaches that point, go ahead and move the eggs to one side of the pan and put the cheese on the other. I recommend using a sharp cheddar because it has the most flavor but a nice greek feta, Italian parmesan or nutty swiss would work wonderfully as well.

    So what next? The residual heat from the pan will begin to melt the cheese. Let it work it's magic for a few minutes and then take your cake spatula and stir so that everything is combined, cooked-through, and completely melted. If you like a soft scramble, cook it for less time and if you like a hard scramble, turn the heat up and cook it longer.

    The best part about scrambled eggs has to be their ability to pair with this bacon jam, so whether you create a french omelet loaded with bacon jam and fresh chives, or a bagel sandwich like this one topped with bacon jam and pickled jalapeños, or an eclectic breakfast burrito loaded with bacon jam, pickled onions, cilantro, black beans, and queso fresco, the possibilities are completely endless and always delicious!