How to Make a Bacon Beer Homebrew

I know I talk about combining bacon and beer on this site a lot, but since they are two my favorite things you’re just going to have to deal with it. A few weeks ago I told you about a local Pittsburgh Pub creating a bacon inspired infusion. Well a friend of mine found a guy on the internet takes things a step farther. He creates a bacon-infused bourbon smoked porter. Now that’s a mouthful (pun intended)!

This just proves it’s a fact that home brewers are crazy, so where do I sign up? The guy shares his step by step instructions on how he created this amazing feat for bacon lovers everywhere.


  1. Dice 7 or 8 slices of raw bacon and cook on low heat in cast iron pan to render as much fat as possible. Make sure its extra crispy.
  2. Pat bacon down with paper towels making them as dry as possible.
  3. Add the bacon to a mason and cover with bourbon, then close lid.
  4. Let it sit in the dark for 24 hours and then put it in the freezer for a few hours (4-6 should do) to solidify the remaining fat.
  5. Pull bacon bourbon from freezer and strain through cheesecloth first and then move it through a coffee filter.
  6. Get some smoked porter. I suppose you could get a bottle or growler from a local brewpub.
  7. Use an eye dropper to measured out approx. 100 drops per 12 oz bottle of homebrew or if you are adding this to a bottle or growler of beer just drop it directly in a pint glass and then top with the beer.

These were just the condensed steps and you really need to go to the guy’s website, Grocery Eats, to read the full post. He adds a lot of great comments, photos, and tips. Basically all your doing is making a bacon infused bourbon and then adding it to already brewed beer. Which is not a bad idea.

He also takes the concoction to some local brewers in his area and they enjoyed it. He says he has plans to try and make a BLT brew, will have to wait and see how that turns out.