You’ve Been Jammed: Our Sweet Recipe Tribute to Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation gave us a damn good 7 season run. It gave us Amy Poehler in fine form, and it introduced us to Aziz Ansari, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, and Nick Offerman. We hung out with Terry, Jerry, and Gary. They introduced characters so iconic that there isn’t a week when Buzzfeed has made some sort of tribute or quiz to at least one of them. It was quirky and odd, but indispensable with laughter. It was pretty awesome. But things come to an end, and as its brilliant stars have gone on to become brighter, Parks and Rec will embed itself into those lists of sitcoms fans will remember fondly.

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A lot of folks on the Pepper team are fans of this beloved show, so we decided to create a recipe that might bring together our favorite cast of characters as they share lunch time in the Pawnee office’s courtyard. So here’s ‘You’ve Been Jammed’, a sweet and savory candied tomato and bacon jam, which the office might just love.

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There’s a lot of sticky red tomato sauce for Ben Wyatt to remind him of his beloved calzones, a crazy pound of fatty bacon that Ron Swanson might just get on board with, and enough sweet, caramelized flavors to convince Leslie Knope to smother this on her waffles instead of whipped cream. So while you’ve got the last few episodes queued up on your playlist, make this decadent, chunky jam and treat yo’ self.

You’ve Been Jammed Candied Tomato and Bacon Jam

Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 1 jar of jam


  • 1 pound thick-cut/fatty bacon, cut into chunks
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 tbsp grainy mustard or dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ground black pepper and salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Cook bacon until brown but not yet crispy.
  2. Lower heat and add onion and garlic, and sweat until onions are translucent.
  3. Add mustard, worcestershire sauce, balsamic, and brown sugar, stirring to combine.
  4. Add tomato paste and canned tomatoes. Add your red pepper flakes now if using.
  5. Cover and let simmer over medium heat until jam-like consistency for around 4-5 hours. Simmer for less to use as pasta sauce. If you want your jam sweeter, add more sugar, and let simmer for around 1-2 hours.
  6. Spread on top of bread, or place in a sandwich, or eat alone.

What recipe would you make for the Parks and Recreation crew? What TV show do you think we should make a culinary ode to? Sound off below!


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3 Responses

  1. Not that you needed it, but I wholeheartedly approve of this. The world’s a lot more more bearable because of Parks and Rec. I’m convinced only awesome people watch and love the show.

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