Bacon Cheese Beer Bread

I’ve been wanting to make this for a while now so I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to it. Especially since it is quite easy to put together.

I love beer breads. They take minimal effort to make and have a wonderful aroma and taste that even non-beer drinkers can enjoy. Best of all, the outcome is an actual bread without having to deal with yeast and proofing. Cheese beer bread is one my favorite variations on beer bread and this time I decided to make it even better by adding bacon bits.

I sprinkled the top with cheese for an extra chewy, cheesy crust. My favorite part of the bread is definitely that crust layer. This recipe also helped me get rid of more of the cheddar cheese I have been trying to use up.


One thing I learned: you definitely need to use precooked bacon. On my first attempt a while ago, I used raw bacon and the bacon simply did not cook enough even though the bread bakes for so long. I ended up with an unappetizing loaf filled with chunks of bacon fat.  Lesson learned for this one though.

The beer bread recipe is adapted from gimme some oven.

Bacon Cheese Beer Bread
Author: Kirbie’s Cravings
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 60 mins
Total time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 5 strips of precooked bacon, diced into small chunks
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer
  • 4 Tbsp. (half stick) butter, melted
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, plus 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese for topping
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9″ x 5″ inch loaf pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add in 1 cup of cheese and bacon. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the beer until just mixed.
  3. Spoon the batter into the pan, and pour the melted butter on top of the batter. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese evenly across surface of the batter.
  4. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick/knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.


8 comments on “Bacon Cheese Beer Bread”

  1. Oh this sounds amazing! I love bread and I love cheese so… can’t go wrong with this one. I’ve been wanting to make a beerbread for some time now so this weekend I will make this one! I hope mine’ll come out as good as yours 🙂

  2. I think whenever you put chicken, bacon and beer in a food name you automatically win. Thanks for the post!

  3. Hi Guys,
    I’m from the UK so when you say beer, what type of beer are you using for this. I think something like an IPA would be better than an ale but what would you say?

    • I’ve had success with all types of beers for this recipe. I usually tell people to just use the beer they enjoy drinking the most.

  4. Just made this, and it is wonderful! Made a glutenfree, lactosefree version(allergies man, jeesh) and it tasts amazing. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

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