Bacon n’ Beer Griddle Cakes

We’re almost into our new apartment! We spent all day on Sunday packing, because of course we procrastinated on Saturday. What can you do? We’ve got everything mostly ready to go, it’s just a matter of putting away some last minute stuff and doing a bit of cleaning. Of course, we are still having a bit of trouble with our landlords, even this close to your move out date. While Kramer was out getting some extra moving supplies, I was finishing up the laundry. When I walked into the apartment from the laundry room downstairs, my phone was ringing, so I quickly put down the things I was carrying and hurried over to my phone, not locking the door. I turn around, and all of a sudden this giant, bearded man was walking into my apartment. I yelled at him and slammed the door, but he kept knocking. Of course, he was a broker trying to show my apartment. He insisted that he had an appointment, but I told him that was too bad because nobody spoke to me and they are required to give me 24 hours notice before coming over. Believe it or not, that was the second time that happened on Sunday! At 9:30 in the morning, while Kramer and I were having breakfast, a really creepy looking guy came by, also claiming to have an appointment to show the apartment. I’m really glad that we changed our locks because it seems like these people feel all too comfortable just waltzing in here (our landlords apparently just gave out copies of our keys to random brokers). Thankfully, we are out of there tonight and into our new apartment tomorrow.

Now, onto more important matters, such as these pancakes. These are some pretty bad ass pancakes, if I do say so myself. They have an entire bottle of beer and good amount of bacon, not to mention that they are fluffy as can be. I used Blue Moon, because that’s what I had, but I would highly recommend using a nicer, more amber beer, like a Newcastle. These were still absolutely delicious, though. You can certainly taste the beer, but it’s a pleasant, subtle taste, and goes perfectly with the salty, crispy pieces of bacon. I also read somewhere a while ago that whipping your egg whites separately and folding them into your batter makes the pancakes fluffier, so I tried it, and lo and behold, I found it to be true. I don’t really know what it is, but you can definitely taste a more tender pancake. Kramer adored these, of course, and I think that they are the perfect way to start off your Superbowl Sunday or to show your significant other how much you love them, don’t you?

Bacon n' Beer Griddle Cakes
That’s all you need for these manly pancakes (minus the bacon, of course, which was cooking when I shot this photo).

Bacon n' Beer Griddle Cakes
To make your bacon, I prefer the oven method because making it in a pan is very messy and the bacon is never as crispy as I like it to be. Simply pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F, place your bacon on greased cooling racks on top of a cookie sheet lined with foil, and bake for 20-25 minutes, until your bacon has reached your desired crispiness.

Bacon n' Beer Griddle Cakes
Beautiful and perfectly cooked bacon.

Bacon n' Beer Griddle Cakes
Dice your bacon and set it aside. Try to resist the urge to eat it all while you make the pancakes.

Bacon n' Beer Griddle Cakes
Combine your flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.

Bacon n' Beer Griddle Cakes
Whisk together your sugar, oil, egg yolk, and beer.

Bacon n' Beer Griddle Cakes
Whisk your egg white separately for as long as you can, until frothy. Add to the beer mixture.

Bacon n' Beer Griddle Cakes
Add the beer mixture to the flour and whisk until just combined. Fold in the bacon, but save a little bit for a garnish at the end.

Bacon n' Beer Griddle Cakes
Use a 1/4 measuring cup to scoop the batter onto the greased frying pan. Make sure that your pan is nice and hot before adding any batter to it. Cook until bubbling on one side, then flip and cook the other side for another 2-2.5 minutes, pressing down onto the pancake with your spatula a bit to ensure even cooking.

Bacon n' Beer Griddle Cakes
Serve with a sprinkle of diced bacon.

Bacon n' Beer Griddle Cakes
And lots of syrup.

Bacon n' Beer Griddle Cakes

Bacon n' Beer Griddle Cakes
Cook time: 
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Serves: 12 pancakes
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and diced
  • 1¾ cup flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg, whites and yolk separated
  • 1 12 oz. bottle nice beer (I recommend something like Newcastle or a nice amber beer - this is definitely not a recipe you can use a cheap beer with because you can taste the beer)
  • 1½ tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • syrup, for serving
  1. Cook your bacon. You can either do it the traditional way in the pan, until crispy, or you can do it in the oven, which I find produces better results. First, pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees F. Simply line a baking sheet with foil, then place a cooling rack on top. Spray with non-stick spray, then lay the bacon over the cooling rack. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until it has reached your desired level of crispiness. Set aside to cool, then dice.
  2. Whisk together your flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, the beer, and the vegetable oil. In a small bowl, whisk the egg whites until foamy and add them to the beer mixture.
  3. Gently whisk the beer mixture into the flour mixture, until just combined. Fold in the diced bacon. Heat a large pan over medium-high, until hot. Grease your pan with either non-stick spray or butter. Scoop ¼ cup of batter for each pancake and cook for 2-3 minutes, until bubbling on one side. Flip the pancake and let cook until golden, pressing down slightly with your spatula on the top of the pancake.
  4. You can place your pancakes in a 200 degree F oven to keep warm while you cook the rest of the pancakes. Serve with a little butter and lots of syrup.


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47 Responses

  1. yvette says:

    God, I love you. ;0)
    But who needs a man? I’m making this for myself!

  2. Katie says:

    Brokers are an altogether crazy type of animal. When the house went up for sale they would show up unannounced and walk right in the front door. Regardless I’m glad to hear that you’re getting into the new place.

    NPC is going to flip over these griddle cakes. Beer, bacon and breakfast are some of his most favorite things. Can’t wait to try these out!

    • Sydney says:

      @Katie: They really are, especially around here! They don’t seem to get it. I can’t imagine what it would be like in a house – at least in my apartment, I know that someone is opening the door right away! Beer, bacon, and breakfast are all big winners in my house, too. :)

      @Meredith: I know how it is with roommates like that – it’s so insanely frustrating. One time I lived in a house in college where our roommate’s mom was the landlord and she would tell him to tell us that she was coming over, and of course, he never did. It was already frustrating enough having such a fine line between landlord and a friend’s parent. I actually haven’t had the chance to try chocolate bacon, believe it or not. I love candied bacon, so I’m sure I would love it with chocolate!

  3. Meredith says:

    That story is nuts! I’m sorry you’re having so much trouble, but at least no more creepy guys coming into your apartment! It reminds me of the time I was living in Boston, and we were moving soon, so they were showing the place, and I was woken up by the landlord walking into my BEDROOM unannounced – same thing happened to one of my female roommates. We lived with this complete moron at the time who likely knew the landlords were coming in advance, and failed to tell any of us. Yikes!

    Also, this looks completely awesome, bacon makes everything better, especially sweet things! Have you ever had bacon chocolate? It will blow you away!! šŸ˜€

  4. mom says:

    The beer sounds like it has the similar taste to the sourdough recipe I used to make. A bit of a bite. Beautiful pictures and yummmmm.

  5. Cyndie says:

    OMG. Considering I am surrounded by a plethora of boys, I NEED to make these :)

  6. Jen says:

    Okay, as soon as my husband wakes up we’re going to the store for bacon and syrup. This is AMAZING!

  7. Tina from PA says:

    I cann’t wait until you are in your new place and safe! Good Luck! I know you will make it a wonderful place to be for you and Kramer! I must make these pancakes ,maybe breakfast for supper one night this week! Be safe.:)

  8. Jen T says:

    Those look awesome! I may make them for my boyfriend the next time I see him, especially since I think that’ll be Valentine’s day.

    And I’m so happy for you that you’re getting the hell out of that apartment! I’m getting angry with your landlord for you! One of the places I lived in college had a really bizarre policy on showing apartments. They were required to give us 24 hours notice as well, but their way around that was to tell us at the start of our lease that they would only show our apartment in a certain window (I think ours was weekdays between 3 and 4, or something). They were within the limits of the town’s laws, and our lease, but we never had any idea when someone would drop by. I never lived with them again.

    • Sydney says:

      @Jen T: They’re perfect for Valentine’s Day! And that is so obnoxious about your old landlord’s policy. Where are all of the decent people in this world?!

      @Miss: Thanks, it seems to be pretty fantastic so far! I hope your men enjoy them – you’re sweet to think of them!

      @Anthony: These are certainly the most savory pancakes I’ve ever had. I know, they have a lot of nerve!

  9. Miss says:

    My word people are bold and many seem to be lacking in common courtesy. Hope your new place is wonderful! And Beer Pancakes, who would’ve thunk it? My husband and boys will die for these!

  10. Anthony says:

    I’m not a big sweets person, so these pancakes sound ideal for me. (With beer? What’s not to like? :) )

    As for the strange people walking in — yeesh! They’re lucky it wasn’t somewhere out West where that would earn them a warning shot.

    And good luck settling in to the new place!

  11. Laura L. says:

    Forget Valentine’s Day, I’m making these for myself for my birthday! Yum!!! Gotta start the day off right, ya know? Beer and bacon. Mmm…

    That’s totally scary about the random people walking into your house and having copies of keys. Glad you’re almost out of there.

  12. Dana says:

    I bet these were great! I have trouble resisting the urge to nibble away at the bacon in recipes like this.

    Good luck with the end of packing!

    • Sydney says:

      @Dana: Thank you! I’m so excited to cook in it!

      @Lauren: I’m sure you’ve already won that one!

      @Rachael: That’s not such a bad thing! I just think Newcastle would give it a richer flavor. :)

  13. Michelle says:

    Glad you’ll finally get to cook in your new kitchen. :)

    This is definitely a fun breakfast.

  14. Those pancakes look so perfect! I think I need to make these for my husband to get myself a best wife award;-)

  15. Rachael says:

    Boyfriend sadly does not like alcohol of any kind (taste thing) so I’ll have to try these out on friends or my brother and his lady :) great recipe – though I’m partial to Blue Moon, I’ll try Newcastle (which I like too)
    I hope you’re safe in your new place now!

  16. Jess says:

    Totally reminds me of “chocolate chip bacon beer waffles.” If you haven’t seen these vids yet you seriously have to watch all of them!

    But these look delicious! I’ll have to try them out on the weekend.

    • Sydney says:

      @Jess: Wow, those look great! Thanks for sharing!

      @Aunt Rene: Thank you! I can’t wait to see you guys soon, hopefully! I’d be happy to make these on our next visit! :)

      @Juliana: Glad to hear that you’re not scared of a little beer with breakfast! šŸ˜‰

  17. Rene Bergamino says:

    Looks wonderful! Always wondered how to get a pancake fluffy. Now I eed your chocolate chip cookie recipe

  18. Juliana says:

    Sydney, so interesting this griddle cakes with beer…and bacon :-) Something that I’d love to try!

  19. Stacy says:

    Wow! As soon as our driveway defrosts and I can go get more beer I am making these! Thanks for another great recipe.

  20. WOW. I cannot wait to try these. Sounds like they’d make a good superbowl breakfast…if you were gonna make a whole day out of it

  21. Cissa says:

    Real estate agents never seem to think the rules apply to them. One time we sold our condo ourselves, and a real estate agent who we had previously listed with- and who did NOTHING to sell it- started demanding a cut when we sold it without her. Even though she was not legally entitled to any such thing for several reasons. Nuts.

    These pancakes look yummy!

  22. Jake P says:

    Sydney, these were a superb Super Bowl breakfast! We used Fat Tire, which seemed to do the trick. (And since my Packer-fanatic wife was very happy about the outcome of the game, they were clearly good luck as well.)

  23. Megan says:

    So what did you clearly do differently that allowed your oven to NOT catch on fire? Grease is everywhere inside my oven and caught on fire a bit. Luckily we caught it before it got too big. The bacon is currently being finished on the stove.

    • Sydney says:

      Megan: Wow! That didn’t happen to me at all – did you use really fatty bacon? I used pretty lean bacon – maybe that has something to do with it? I know it a bit messy, but I’m really sorry that that happened to you!

  24. Megan says:

    I think I might have. My dear BF was so excited with the prospect of these pancakes he didn’t buy our normal bacon. But after handling that thrilling early morning situation, we stove-topped like normal the bacon and the pancakes were delicious!

  25. Marie says:

    OMG thank you. This is the perfect recipe to use for breaking in our new griddle!!! Bacon = <3

  26. I think I will make these for breakfast this weekend. I wonder how it would do with a hoppy ale? I have Punkin left over from the holidays… Or some Aprihop for spring? Decisions, decisions..

    • Sydney says:

      Stephanie: If you like hoppy ale, it will be great! They definitely taste like whatever beer you use, so as long as you like it, you’ll be happy with the pancakes.

  27. Susan says:

    I just made these for dinner tonight. I used frozen bacon, diced it while frozen, then browned it up. Worked like a CHARM and they turned out FANTASTIC!!!

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