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Three cheeses are combined with a sweet, salty and tart bacon jam for the Ultimate Grilled Cheese sandwich.

Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Bacon Jam on Taste and Tell

This post has been sponsored by Jones Dairy Farm.

When I talked about where we ate in Seattle a few weeks back, I failed to mention one of my favorite meals from the entire trip. Mostly because I didn’t manage to get a single good picture. But don’t you worry, because I’m sharing today.

While doing research on Seattle eats, I came across Skillet. Skillet originally started as a food truck, serving up American-style food from a vintage Airstream trailer. Today, they also have 3 locations. I wanted to hunt down the truck, but since we were heading to the Seattle Center to go to the Children’s Museum, it was convenient to hit up Skillet Counter, located in the armory at the Seattle Center.

Now, if you haven’t heard of Skillet, perhaps you have heard of the item that made Skillet famous. Bacon Jam. Yep, you read that right. Bacon Jam.

Really, I should stop talking now and you should skip below and just make the jam. Because it really is that good. I believe that Skillet first started serving this condiment on top of their burgers and it just took off from there. You can now even buy the bacon jam just on it’s own!

I got their Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Bacon Jam, and this rivals for my top spot for the best grilled cheese sandwich ever. It was amazing. Super messy, with cheese oozing everywhere, and sweet bites of bacon jam in every bite. It was pure heaven.

I had to recreate this sandwich when I got home. No ifs, ands or buts about it. The sandwich itself was pretty straight forward. American, cheddar and brie. It’s already off to a good start! And then the bacon jam. This takes a little bit of time to make, but it’s not hard and hands on time is minimal. And believe me, bacon lovers will be just stealing spoonfuls of this from the bowl.

I used my all-time favorite bacon for this recipe – the Jones Dairy Farm Cherrywood Smoked Bacon. In a recipe like this, where the bacon is the star, you really do want to use a high quality bacon, and I think this is the best!!

This recipe makes more bacon jam than you will need for the sandwiches. But I’ve been eating it on toast with a sunny side up egg over the top for breakfast, and it’s so good. You won’t have a hard time using it up!!

Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Bacon Jam

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Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Bacon Jam
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Three cheeses are combined with a sweet, salty and tart bacon jam for the Ultimate Grilled Cheese sandwich.
Serves: 4 servings
Bacon Jam*
  • 8 slices good quality white bread
  • butter
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 4 slices Cheddar cheese
  • 6 oz Brie cheese, sliced
To make the Bacon Jam
  1. In a large heavy pot or Dutch oven, cook the bacon until browned and crisp. Drain on a paper towel drained plate. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease from the pot. Add in the onion and cook until softened, about 8 minutes. Stir in the water, maple syrup, vinegar, brown sugar and Dijon mustard. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the bacon back in. Cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 1-2 hours. If it gets too thick, add in a little more water.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a food processor. Pulse a few times to break it down into a spreadable consistency.
To make the Sandwiches
  1. Butter the outsides of each of the pieces of bread. Place a slice of Cheddar cheese on the unbuttered side of 4 pieces of the bread. Spread some of the bacon jam on top of the cheese. Divide the Brie between the sandwiches and layer on top of the jam, followed by a slice of American cheese. Place the remaining bread on top of the cheese, buttered side out.
  2. Heat a griddle over medium-low heat. Cook the sandwiches until golden brown and the cheese has melted.
*This will make more bacon jam than you will need for these sandwiches. Save the remainder to top hamburgers or more grilled cheese sandwiches!

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**Thank you to Jones Dairy Farm for sponsoring this post. Because of sponsors like Jones Dairy Farm, I am able to bring you all of the recipes I feature here.**

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24 Responses to Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Bacon Jam

  1. That sounds amazing! Perfect for all bacon lovers 🙂

  2. Karly says:

    Oh, Lord. I’m making this one. Immediately.

  3. Oh. My.
    This really is an ultimate grilled cheese!!!!!!!

  4. Catherine says:

    Looks real good!! nothing like a good grilled sandwich! Blessings, Catherine

  5. That bacon jam is killing me, so incredibly awesome! One of the best grilled cheese sandwiches ever. Period.

  6. Emily says:

    You had me at bacon jam.

  7. Please pardon me for my lack of coherent response… I’m still staring at the photos.

  8. Joanne says:

    That shot of the cheese oozing out? Sent all kinds of shivers down my spine.

  9. Lygia says:

    Hi I’m an admirer of your blog from across the ‘pond’ how long would the jam keep if kept in the fridge?

    • Deborah says:

      I’m guessing that if you keep it refrigerated in the refrigerator it will be good for several weeks – if it lasts that long!! 😉

  10. Chels R. says:

    Seriously crushing hard on this sandwich. <3

  11. Myra says:

    Hi! I just came across you on Pinterest. How ironic you have a post from Seattle and I’m drawn to it, beings that I’m from Seattle. Great looking sandwich, I’ll be making it for my family but I also have a new place to go check out. Thanks Deborah. : )

    • Deborah says:

      Yes! Definitely find Skillet – I believe they have several locations plus the food truck. The grilled cheese was amazing!!

  12. I have a jar of bacon jam that I keep neglecting to use. This sounds like the perfect way to use some!

  13. Okay it’s official. I can’t go on until I get some bacon jam in my belly. This looks amazing!

  14. Amy says:

    Do you Refrigerate the leftover jam or leave at room temp?

  15. Tiffany says:

    I am an off-grid mom with kids. We can most anything that will taste good and last through the winter. This is OMG! I am still staring at pics :)…We have no such restaurant/food trucks here in very rural AZ. Can I can this up? What an amazing Christmas idea too :)….keep those recipes coming!

  16. Celia2M says:

    I need to say, you just saved me! I ran into a couple of bacom jam recipes before and they all called for mustard seeds or something like that (i have no idea were to find those at home, i’m from Guatemala btw) though i loved my first try with bacon jam (this is the second) it was a bit too sweet, even with the vinegar, but the idea of adding dijon mustard fitted just perfect! I’m only hopping it to last me more than two nights :3

    Thanks! Love from Gt

  17. Karen says:

    How long will tell bacon jam last in the fridge? Looks very good & gooey. Can’t wait to try!

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