Bacon, Beer & Rosemary Jam – Edible Christmas gifts

Bacon Beer & Rosemary Jam

Do you like gifting home made things at Christmas? This Bacon, Beer & Rosemary Jam is a wonderful little hostess gift, something extra for a teacher or for that hard to buy for person in your life because bacon makes everything taste better doesn’t it!?

The recipe has come from “The Little Bacon Cookbook” by Jack Campbell * (yes a whole book on bacon, I’m giving it to someone as a Christmas present, shh don’t tell!!).

I cooked up the jam today to test it out. While I want everyone to gift their kids teachers my A Box Of Teacher Boxes (gratuitous plug there) I know that they are not everyones price point and I’m still working on gift boxes for men too, which actually left me without anything for Miss E’s teacher.  He is now getting a jar of this Bacon, Beer & Rosemary Jam along with a family movie pass as they have had a bit of a tough year and it will be nice for them to do something together as a family & some other home made bits too (like my secret, but now shared on BE&S, Christmas Biscotti).

Christmas Biscotti


The Jam recipe makes about 2 1/2 cups. I halved it when I made it as I forgot to check the pantry and didn’t have enough onions and couldn’t be bother going out especially for them so I will be making another batch in the not too distant future!  It’s so good!

Bacon, Beer & Rosemary Jam

I ate this straight out of the jar which I probably shouldn’t admit to but it would be perfect on a burger, with your morning eggs, on crackers like a dip, like a relish with a steak or on a cheese platter – the possibilities are endless it, is bacon after all!

Bacon, Beer & Rosemary Jam – Christmas Homemade gifts


  • 500 g short cut bacon
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 spring rosemary, leaves only
  • 150 g brown sugar (it's ok to reduce this if you want, I did and it still tastes amazing)
  • 375 ml (1 1/2 C) beer
  • 160 ml (2/3 C) malt vinegar
  • 80 ml (1/3 C) maple syrup
  • 500 ml (2 C) water
  • season to taste with salt & pepper


  1. In a large heavy based fry pan cook the bacon over a medium - high heat for about 10 minutes or until browned, stir occasionally.
  2. Remove the bacon from the pan and set aside draining on a paper towel.
  3. Put the oil & onions in the pan (no need to clean it as you want that yummy flavour) and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes or until soft & caramelised.
  4. Add garlic, chilli powder and rosemary, stir and cook for a minute
  5. Add the bacon back into the pan and add all the remaining ingredients, stir through and then simmer for 40 - 50 minutes until most of the liquid has reduced and it has become quite thick & "jam" like.
  6. Season to taste and then blend in a food processor until the bacon is finely chopped ( I did it in the Thermomix at Speed 8 /8 seconds
  7. Spoon into sterilised jars and store in the fridge.
  8. Enjoy it!

Do you make edible gifts?  Some other ones I’ve done in the past are Treat Yourself Sweeters Baileys Chocolate Sauce, this is amazing!

Baileys Chocolate Sauce

my Macadamia Bark

Macadamia Bark

Gingerbread people, I put these in jars too (this is my Thermomix method)

Gingerbread men

Vanilla, Blueberry & Chia Seed Jam & then just printed out my own labels. This jam is super easy to make, refined sugar free and tastes delicious.

Christmas gift ideas

That’s probably enough about what I’ve made, what’s your favourite home made gift?

* I am an affiliate of the book depository which just means if you buy a book from them through the BE&S website I get a small commission to keep me in coffee but doesn’t cost you anything extra at all

Are you a bacon fan? Will you try bacon jam? 


9 comments on “Bacon, Beer & Rosemary Jam – Edible Christmas gifts

  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    November 24, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    I always make fudge or lemon butter – so yum! This looks ah-mazing, what kind of beer did you use? I’d love to give it a go, just for us to have at home! I wonder if you could make it in the thermie?!

    • Vicki
      December 1, 2016 at 6:16 am

      I just used one that was in the fridge – up here that would be a XXXX Gold!!! I will try in the Thermie next as I think it would work but probably cook the bacon in the fry pan or oven first to get it a bit crispier.

  2. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    November 25, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    I only just started eating bacon a couple of years ago, max! But I am making up for lost time and I would love to taste this one. 🙂

    • Vicki
      December 1, 2016 at 6:17 am

      Really?! Wow I’m sure now you’ve started you can’t stop!! Thank you also for the link love too. x

  3. Tania|My Kitchen stories
    December 2, 2016 at 10:41 am

    This sounds like all my Christmases have come at once. i’d love to make this

    • Vicki
      December 9, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      I’m about to make my next batch for the FIL!

  4. Jeannie
    January 4, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I make a big pot of jam at least once a year. But I’ve tried nothing as adventurous as using Bacon or Beer. Thanks for the idea of adding a twist to our favourite spread. I’ll have to try this.

    • Vicki
      January 10, 2017 at 2:08 am

      It’s a bit different and very nice! Thanks for stopping by.

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