Beer and Bacon Mancakes – pancakes just don’t get any manlier than this

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(Beer and Bacon Mancakes – recipe in post)

*Whistles…* Ain’t she a beaut’?

Whether you call them hot cakes, flapjacks, tall stacks, griddle cakes, or any of the other names they’ve been given… I love pancakes. For breakfast, for dinner, for 2 AM pancake making parties in my underwear… love ’em.

For awhile, I went on a bit of a pancake rampage. Day after day I made different kinds of pancakes, from potato latkes and zucchini fritters to good ol’ fashioned buttermilk.

I’ve made pumpkin, blueberry, peanut butter, banana, walnut, banana/walnut…

(Banana walnut pancakes with bourbon reduced maple syrup – these were pretty fan-freakin’-tastic)

…You get the idea.

Now, before I lose any readers, let me emphasize that I am also a strong supporter of the Waffle. Belgian waffles, Liege waffles, Stoopwafels, Waffle waffles, Chicken and waffles…

“Spam spam spam eggs and spam…” – Monty Python

Anyway, point is, I don’t discriminate. I know there are all kinds of ‘ratial’ tention between the pancakes and the waffles, and people think you have to choose sides, but I refuse to be lumped into one category or the other. Why can’t we all just live in peace!? I don’t want my children to grow up in a world of constant fighting… *sob*

Wow, am I a drama queen today.

Onward! This post is about pancakes. Mancakes, to be precise. The manliest, pancakiest pancakes ever. They’re brimming with awesome, and packed full of bad-assery. You eat a plate of these in the morning, and by noon you’ve got five o’clock shadow like Daniel Craig and the chest and jawline of Clark Kent – damn, how did nobody recognize him without his glasses on?

I’m not claiming super powers, I’m just sayin’… if you find yourself thinking about feng shui, and which doily would look best at the dinner party (in fact, if you even know what a doily is…) now is your chance to reclaim some of your manliness.

Now I don’t mean to scare off the ladies, here, by any means. I know my appetite is right up there with the boy’s, so don’t be afraid to jump in and make these for yourself. You won’t really get five o’clock shadow or Clark Kent’s jawline – just a deep satisfaction in the belly of your soul. Or the soul of your belly… either way.

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Beer and Bacon Mancakes
(Adapted from Betty Crocker, of all people)

1 lb. Bacon
1/2 cup brown sugar

2 cups pancake mix (homemade or Bisquick style)
2 cups of your favorite beer, alcoholic or non, separated (I used Founder’s – a local brewery I like. The Porter I chose is very dark, hoppy, and has undertones of coffee and chocolate. It was a great pairing with the salty bacon and sweet syrup. Guinness would work well, too, or whatever kind of beer you like.)
2 eggs

1 – 2 cups maple syrup (I like grade B because it’s darker and sweeter, but use what you have/what you prefer)


Preheat oven to 350f.
Line a cookie sheet with foil, and set inside of that a wire rack or oven grill grate. Lay the bacon flat, in a single layer, on top of the rack and bake for 10 minutes.
Take the bacon out, and sprinkle evenly with half of the brown sugar – bake for 10 minutes more.
Remove the bacon again, and turn each piece over. Sprinkle this side with the second half of brown sugar, and bake for another 10-15 minutes, until nice and golden.
Remove from the oven and let cool completely before crumbling into pieces.

Get your griddle or skillet heating up – medium-high should do the trick.
In a large bowl, whisk together the pancake mix, 1 cup beer, and eggs. If it’s too thick add more beer, too thin add more mix. Stir in the bacon.
Grease your griddle (oil, butter, shortening, spray…) and ladle/scoop/pour your batter into whatever size pancakes you want.
Cook on one side until bubbles appear on the top and the edges begin to look dry, then flip.

In a small saucepan, combine the remaining beer with 1 cup of maple syrup. Stir, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low. If it’s too thin, or too much beer for your taste, adjust by adding more maple syrup. If you don’t want the extra layer of beer, you can skip this whole step and just warm up your maple syrup.

Serve hot.

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Now, as a practical matter, these babies are filling, even if you are a manly man (or a womanly woman). I’m a good eater, but I topped out at just 2 or 3 of these, so invite some friends over when you make them. That’s right – not if, when.

Stepping aside from the manly persona, I’m going to be honest here and say: there are a lot of applications where beer, and even bacon, do not make things better. I know there are a lot of people who would disagree, who love chocolate and bacon, or bacon brittle, or bacon mints… but I’m not a fan. I love bacon, I really do, and I love chocolate, but for me they don’t add to one another, they cancel each other out. The awesome is not cumulative.

Here, however, all of the flavors play very nicely. It reminds me of when I was a kid, and would dip my bacon or sausage in the extra syrup on the plate. The addition of beer lends a deepness that really offsets the sweet syrup, and adds some balance by hitting parts of your tongue that the other flavors don’t.
Of course, any die-hard bacon/chocolate/breath-mint lover will be into these, but for those who are a little more skeptical or think this is going over the top, I say give it a try – you might be in for a very pleasant surprise.*

*Unless you don’t like beer or bacon at all. I’m not gonna lie, it tastes like beer and it tastes like bacon. You won’t like it. Don’t say I didn’t tell you so.

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31 Responses to Beer and Bacon Mancakes – pancakes just don’t get any manlier than this

  1. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty September 27, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    Very interesting!! I think that my hubby would be pretty excited about these! haha :) Especially when you said Guiness!

  2. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence September 27, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    Haha just saw this on Tastespotting. Awesome. I’ve made pancakes with bacon mixed in; however, never dreamed of a beer maple syrup. Definitely going to have to give this a try.

    Thanks for the laughs and inspiration.

  3. Jen H September 27, 2011 at 6:03 pm #


    I so need to make these for my man :)

  4. Matt September 27, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    These looks great. I once made coffee oatmeal stout pancakes in honor of Founders Breakfast Stout. They turned out so accurate to the flavor that if you hated beer you hated them, if you loved beer you loved them.

  5. Cathy @ Savory Notes September 27, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    WUT. This is brilliant. BRIIILLLIIIIAAANNNT

  6. foolery September 27, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    Holy moly, must make. And I’m firmly in the like-bacon-not-crave-bacon camp. Will try with a nice oatmeal stout, or Old Stock Ale (aka The Beer That Ruined Thanksgiving) or Sierra Nevada Bigfoot barleywine ale. Thank you!

  7. Willow September 28, 2011 at 1:34 am #

    Wow – thank you all for the awesome comments! This was my first submission to Tastespotting, and I had no idea it would get so many hits.
    Thank you thank you thank you!

    If you try out the recipe, please check back and let me know how it turns out – I’d love to hear!


  8. superfinefeline October 11, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    This is such a cool recipe! Thanks for sharing it. I just spotted this on Twitter (GuyKawasaki) & the title certainly caught my eye.

  9. Willow October 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Thanks! And wow, people tweeted about me! *blushes*

  10. Anonymous October 11, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    Looks awesome. Definitely making this for my next midnight pancake lark (of which I assure you there are many). The writing is engaging, as well, which is something most cooking writers attempt but few succeed at.

  11. Willow October 11, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

    Wow – thank you!

  12. SpunGlass October 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    Guy Kawasaki shared this on G+ also, and I swear I had a foodgasm when I read the article! Fantastic idea Willow, and what a great combination of ingredients. I’m not a “sweets” fan, and thereby not much of a pancake fan, but you may have just convinced me to eat a stack of these!

  13. Willow October 12, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    Awesome! Let me know what you think, if you make a batch. :)

  14. cconhhi October 15, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    I made these for the family this morning and they were a hit! Admittedly, I made a “mistake” and added the brown sugar to the pancake mix instead of the bacon, but it was still very good! Definitely adding this to the Saturday morning breakfast menu. Great blog, too. Nicely done.

  15. Willow October 15, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    That’s great, I’m glad you liked them! It’s always nice to hear what people think when they try a recipe. Thanks for letting me know!

  16. Rochelle Ramos January 29, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    Love love love! I think I might actually be able to get the hubby to enjoy these “mancakes”… though if not I’ll have to turn ’em into waffles…. :D

    • Willow January 29, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

      These would work great as waffles! :)

  17. Mama's Gotta Bake January 29, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    Yikes! I want those!

    • Willow January 29, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

      Not tricky to make ’em… *temptress*

  18. Eithion February 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Done. And yes, they are as amazing as they sound. So good.

    • Willow February 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

      Yay – I’m so glad you liked them! I love hearing when a recipe gets put to use. Thanks for telling me! :D

    • Eithion March 23, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

      Doubled the recipe (possibly even more as we used half a Growler); I had them going on four burners and couldn’t keep the plates stocked fast enough.

    • Willow March 23, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

      Haha, wonderful!

  19. Katherine Martinelli February 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    Holy moly – you have the most incredible breakfast recipes!

    • Willow February 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

      Haha – thank you!

  20. cooking with curls September 13, 2013 at 4:19 am #

    Yummy! I’m so glad that I am not the only person that cooks with beer! :) These sound delicious!!

  21. Cookie May 16, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

    The recipe (Beer and Bacon Man cakes) looks wonderful. I was surfing for pancake recipes for dinner. I’ve got a very old sourdough that I just renewed and need to keep it going again. I often use beer as the liquid to make pancake batter and this recipe is going to fit my plans beautifully.
    Thank you for responding to our replies. I am happy to see you ready and willing to be in there with us.

    • Willow Arlen May 20, 2015 at 11:26 am #

      Thanks for your comment! Using sourdough in pancakes sounds like a great idea, I’ll have to try that sometime!


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