Rhubarb-Bacon Jam

There are about 101 ways to enjoy this smoky-sweet spread. To start, spoon it over ricotta-topped toasts, layer it on a grilled cheese, spread it on a grilled pork chop, or serve it on a cheese board.

Rhubarb-Bacon Jam on scallion toast
Photo: Brie Passano
Total Time:
45 mins
1 3/4 cups


  • 3 - 5 slices bacon

  • 2 cup finely chopped red onion

  • 2 cup chopped fresh rhubarb

  • cup pure maple syrup

  • 3 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • 1 lemon (1 teaspoon zest; 1 Tablespoon juice)

  • Crusty bread

  • Whole milk ricotta cheese


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium. Add bacon; cook about 8 minutes or until brown and crisp. Remove, reserving 2 Tbsp. drippings; drain bacon on paper towels. Add onion to skillet, stirring to scrape up any browned bits.

  2. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 8 to 10 minutes or until onion is soft and slightly caramelized, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, chop cooked bacon. Return to skillet. Stir in rhubarb, maple syrup, and vinegar. Continue cooking over medium-low 5 to 8 minutes or until rhubarb is soft, stirring occasionally. Stir in lemon zest and juice. Use a potato masher to slightly mash the mixture.

  3. Serve warm with bread and ricotta. Makes 14 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

126 Calories
5g Fat
16g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 126
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 127mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 3.5mg 18%
Calcium 76mg 6%
Iron 0.6mg 3%
Potassium 143mg 3%
Folate, total 34.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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