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The Best Bacon Jam Grilled Cheese

A gourmet grilled cheese sandwich that is loaded with melted gouda, provolone, and fresh bacon jam grilled to a melted perfection.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon jam
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 647cal
Author: Amy Desrosiers
Cost: $8


  • Stovetop
  • Large cast iron skillet
  • cutting board & knife
  • Wooden Spoon
  • mason jar to store bacon jam
  • skillet to cook grilled cheese on


Bacon Jam

  • 2 pounds Applewood smoked bacon chopped
  • 3 large yellow onions
  • 3 cloves garlic minced or pressed
  • cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme

Grilled Cheese

  • 4 slices Country White bread
  • 4 slices Provolone cheese
  • 4 ounces gouda cheese sliced
  • 6 tablespoons bacon jam
  • 2 tablespoons butter


Bacon Jam

  • In a large cast iron skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  • Reserve about 2 tablespoons of bacon grease in the skillet.
  • Reduce the heat, and add the onion to the bacon fat. Cook, stirring often to caramelize the onion; about 20 minutes.
  • Add in the fresh garlic, brown sugar, honey, vinegar, pepper, fresh thyme, and chili powder.
  • Stir in the cooked bacon and over low heat, bring the mixture to a slow simmer. Cook until the liquid is mostly gone, and the mixture is jam-like.
  • Allow jam to cool before storing it in a mason jar.

Grilled Cheese

  • Preheat a grill or griddle over medium heat. Add butter and melt.
  • Add two slices of provolone, gouda, and bacon jam to one slice of bread. Cover with additional slice of bread.
  • Lower the griddle temp. and grill the sandwiches over low heat until golden brown (about 3-4 minutes), and cheese begins to melt. Flip sandwich and grill for another 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Cut sandwich in half, and then serve warm with some Pacific Foods®Organic Creamy Tomato Soup.


Nutritional values may vary and are meant to be a guide.


Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 647cal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 65g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 27g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 1052mg | Potassium: 416mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 343IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 241mg | Iron: 2mg