Sweet & Savoury Bacon Marmalade

Use this sweet and savoury treat as a condiment on everything from sandwiches and wraps to grilled meats and seafood. Or, simply spread on toasted bread or crackers and enjoy.

Pork ribs

Cut: Bacon
Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour
Number of Servings:



  • 1 (12 oz / 350 g) package thick cut bacon, coarsely chopped                   
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) finely chopped yellow onion                        
  • 1 clove garlic, minced                        
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) freshly brewed coffee                    
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) maple syrup                        
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) apple cider vinegar                                
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) packed light brown sugar                        
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground ginger
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) whiskey or apple juice
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) lemon or orange zest    


  1. In large skillet over medium-high heat, fry bacon, turning often until fat is rendered and bacon is lightly browned. With slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
  2. Pour off all but 1 Tbsp (15 mL) fat from skillet. Add onion; cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in coffee, maple syrup, vinegar, brown sugar, ginger and cayenne pepper. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring and scraping up brown bits from bottom of skillet.
  3. Return bacon to skillet. Add whiskey or apple juice; stir to combine. Reduce heat and let mixture simmer, stirring occasionally until liquid has thickened, 30-45 minutes. Transfer mixture to small food processor. Add lemon or orange zest. Pulse mixture about 5 times; do not over-blend.
  4. Transfer marmalade to a sterilized glass jar with screw top lid. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutritional Analysis



1 cup (250 mL)


1 Tbsp (15 mL) per serving

Per Serving
Calories 45
Total Fat 2.5 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 5 mg
Carbohydrates 3 g
Fiber 0 g
Sugars 3 g
Protein 1 g
Sodium 45 mg
Potassium 26 mg