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Everything is Better With Bacon- Skillet Bacon Jam Review

Skillet Bacon Jam
Skillet Bacon Jam

Love Bacon? Try Skillet Bacon Jam!

Everything is better with bacon! Sampling a product that contains bacon, fantastic! I was delighted to incorporate Skillet Bacon Jam into our dinner menu for a few days. Before sharing my culinary experiments, let me explain what Bacon Jam is.

Chef Josh Henderson states "we make this bacon spread condiment called bacon say what?.. that’s right, we use niman ranch bacon and render it down along with onions, balsamic and other spices. It cooks for several hours until it is a perfect blend of smoky, tangy, savory and slightly sweet….basically spreadable bacony goodness! USDA approved."

Chef Henderson created Skillet Street Food in Seattle out of a vintage Airstream trailer. His innovative lunch menus are based on American-inspired food that are prepared with seasonal ingredients and classic techniques. Chef Henderson has expanded his business to include catering, food products, and a new restaurant located in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

The Burger with Skillet Bacon Jam is what caused Seattle to fall in love with Bacon Jam. So that is what I would make first. Posted on their website is the original recipe that is being served on their Airstream trailers and at the Skillet Dinner.
Burger with Skillet Bacon Jam
The Burger with Skillet Bacon Jam

TheBurger with Skillet Bacon Jam by Josh Henderson


24 (.56 kilo) oz. ground beef, grass fed

8 oz. (226 g) oz Skillet Bacon Jam

4 (113 g) oz cambozola, sliced

2 (.5 liter) cups arugula, loosely packed

4 brioche buns

Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

2 (.30 ml) Tbsp olive oil


First, form the burger into 6 oz patties.

Then, set your pan on medium high heat and put the olive oil in the pan until it is hot.

Put the patties in the pan and cook to medium, approx 5 minutes each side. Make sure to season with salt and pepper.

After flipping the first time, place the cambozola on the burger and let it melt slightly.

Toast the brioche bun in the same pan.

To assemble, place bacon jam on each bun. Put arugula on the bottom bun. Place the burger on the arugula and put the top bun on top. Enjoy!

Even after a few substitutions (blue cheese and baby lettuce) and cooking the burgers on the grill, it was easy to see why people love Bacon Jam so much. The Bacon Jam added a fantastic smoky bacon flavor to the burger. The burgers were moist, juicy, and very flavorful, no need for other condiments. It was such a big hit with the entire family, that we ate burgers a second night that week (just to use the Bacon Jam). This time I added Bacon Jam to the ground beef before I put them on the grill. This gave the burgers a caramelized crust that was out of this world. The house was split on agreeing on which burger was better, but one thing could be agreed upon. The burgers were definitely better with Bacon Jam.

Another evening, I added the remainder of the Bacon Jam to my homemade macaroni and cheese. I incorporated it into my sharp cheddar cheese mixture while it was still bubbling on the stove. The Bacon Jam added texture as well as a great deal of flavor to the cavatappi.

Mac & Cheese with Skillet Bacon Jam
Mac & Cheese with Skillet Bacon Jam 

You can also use Skillet Bacon Jam on:

Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Stuffed Pork Chops, French Onion Soup, Bruschetta, Loaded Mashed Potatoes, as a Rub on Steak or other Meats, Spinach Dip, Scallops, Ranch Dip, Pasta: Carbonara, Pizza, Eggs, Salads /Dressings, Roasted Vegetables, Paninis, Sandwiches: BLTs.

I wished that I had a larger jar of Skillet Bacon Jam because I would love to have tried other recipes listed on their website. I found that Bacon Jam is a versatile condiment that can be added to a variety of foods. It has a wonderful bacon taste that my entire family enjoyed. If you love bacon, I highly recommend this product for you.

In addition the Original Bacon Spread, Skillet also makes Fennel & Black Pepper Bacon Spread and Pumpkin Sauce in three flavors Thai Coconut, Chipotle, and Apple Vinegar Brown Sugar. More information is available at or contact

To purchase your own jar of the Original Bacon Spread please visit their website They ship anywhere in the United States or Canada. Skillet products are also sold in specialty stores and markets. To see if they are sold near you, check their site under "Find a Store".

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


  1. Love bacon! This sounds really interesting. I might not have liked it but after seeing what you did with it, I want to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. oh my goodness! i know so many people that will be wanting that bacon jam! me included. amazing : )

  3. Love this, would have never thought that it would come out like that. Looks good.

  4. Looks good. i love bacon!

  5. I love bacon but I'm honestly skeptical about this but I suppose you won't know unless you try! thanks for the review!

    Sam Stamp