A BLT Sandwich with Tomato Jam and Pepper Jelly Bacon is a sandwich that can be enjoyed not just during the summer when tomatoes are at their peak, but anytime of year.
A BLT is one of my favorite sandwiches, but since there are only 4 main ingredients, they need to be super flavorful. Roasting tomatoes in the oven with onions, thyme, and garlic gives them amazing flavor and heightens their sweetness .
The tomato jam takes a while to make but it has lots of other good uses too. Spread it on top of some goat cheese on crostini for a summer appetizer.
For the bacon I wanted to do something a little different and I had an idea to coat it with my favorite condiment, pepper jelly. Just a light brush of pepper jelly is enough for flavor, but not enough to prevent the bacon from crisping. I baked it in the oven which is the way I cook most of my bacon. It’s hands off, there’s no mess (except for cleaning up the bacon sheet), and no getting burned by spitting grease.
Some lettuce and a thin smear of mayonnaise are all that’s needed to finish this sandwich off. It’s a delicious way to enjoy BLTs any time of year!
BLT with Tomato Jam and Pepper Jelly Bacon
- 6 large vine-ripened tomatoes
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 8 slices bacon
- 1 tablespoon jalapeno jelly
- 8 pieces white bread, toasted
- 4 teaspoons mayonnaise
- 2 cups mixed greens or 4 leaves of romaine or green leaf lettuce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Chop tomatoes into approximately 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces. Spread out evenly on baking sheet along with onion, garlic, and thyme.
- Bake for 1 hour. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees.
- Whisk together honey, oil, vinegar, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Drizzle over tomatoes.
- Return pan to oven and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool. Scrape all contents of baking sheet into a bowl. Stir to combine, mashing while you stir to break down the tomatoes and form more of a cohesive mixture.
- To make bacon, lightly spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Place bacon on pan and lightly brush top side with pepper jelly. Place in 400 degree oven and bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until fully cooked.
- For each sandwich, spread 1 piece of bread with mayonnaise. Top with lettuce, tomato jam, and 2 pieces bacon, and then top piece of bread.
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18 thoughts on “BLT with Tomato Jam and Pepper Jelly Bacon”
I used 2# of tomatoes and am officially obsessed with tomato jam. A piece of toast, a smear of goat cheese topped with this jam and I had a party in my mouth. I immediately went to the farmers market for a peck of tomatoes so I can eat this all winter…yum, yum, yum
That looks like an awfully messy sandwich, but I’d have a blast eating it! 🙂 Awesome recipe, Christin!
you can never go wrong with a good blt sandwich, looks delicious. totally loving the sound of that pepper jelly bacon. craving a bite right now!
This is seriously amazing! I love everything about it! It is like taking a BLT to a whole new level!
What an incredible looking sandwich! I’ve never had tomato jam before but it sounds amazing!!! You make the best looking BLT’s – pinning 🙂
Wow such a beautiful sandwich, Christin! I am drooling all over the place 😉
Oooo I want to put that tomato jam on EVERYTHING! This BLT for sure, but also just on every sandwich ever. And maybe on some eggs. 😀
Beautiful sandwich Christin! Pinned!
I cannot even explain how amazing this sandwich is sounding to me right now. That tomato jam….I CAN’t even….Bacon, lettuce, tomato, jalapeno jelly, AND tomato jam in only one sammie?! Sign me up. 😀 Pinned!
I am so impressed with this sandwich, Christin! Tomato jam and pepper jelly sounds AMAZING!
I love this heavy on the bacon sandwich! It truly doesn’t get much better than this!
That tomato jam sounds FANTASTIC!!! I don’t think I’ve ever had anything quite like it! WOW!
This BLT is the stuff of dreams girl! Looks perfect!
Oh my goodness! Amazing! I’ve never tried tomato jam. But tomatoes are ripening steadily now. Gotta give it a try.
I have been wanting to try making tomato jam-this recipe looks wonderful. And what a great way to eat BLT’s year round!
This is the best looking BLT I’ve ever seen! Where do you find Jalapeno jelly? is it with the sweet jellies? Thanks in advance!
Thanks Krystle and yes, look for it by the sweet jellies. There’s usually a green pepper jelly and a red one too.