Smoked Bacon Beer Nuts Recipe

I went searching online for a beer nuts recipe and quickly found out, the ones I did find had NO BEER IN IT.  This needed to be rectified and fast.  The recipe below provides a great balance of bacon, sweet, smokey flavor to the nuts.

20 servings and a cook time of about 30-45 minutes.

Beer Nuts Recipe

Beer Nuts Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup of Smoked Beer – Example: Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen
  • 20 oz of Dry Roasted Peanuts
  • 4 strips of thick cut Bacon
  • 1/4 cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1 Pinch of Pepper

Instructions for Beer Nuts

  • Preheat Oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a large saucepan add peanuts, smoked beer and bring to a boil / vigorous simmer.  For about 10-15 minutes, Stir often until beer has evaporated and you will have a slight caramelized residue. Place the beer nuts in a bowl and set aside.  DON’T CLEAN THE SAUCEPAN.  We will use the pan with the caramelized beer coating to cook the bacon in also.
  • Using the same pan, (which I even left the couple peanuts that stuck in the pan) cook the bacon to your desired crispiness.  I enjoy a very crispy bacon.  Remove your bacon (allowing the bacon fat to drip in the pan before removing) and place on a paper-toweled plate.
  • Add the remaining bacon fat to the bowl with the peanuts, cover and shake for roughly a minute to coat the peanuts.
  • Pour your beer nuts on a cookie sheet and place in the oven for 10 minutes. While your peanuts are baking in the oven, add your chopped bacon, pepper and brown sugar in a cover-able bowl.
  • Remove the peanuts from the oven and place in a empty brown paper lunch bag.  Give it a quick shake and any excessive grease will get stuck to the bag.
  • Pour the peanuts in your bowl with the bacon, pepper and brown sugar.  Cover and shake for about 1 minute.  This will evenly and lightly coat your peanuts in the brown sugar.
  • Serve and enjoy!

About Joe Porter

I am the webmaster/designer of Far from a beer pro but I know what I like, and it seems what I like is really good beer.


  • Josh

    Can these be left out for a while or will the bacon go bad? How long until the bacon spoils?

    • beerchow

      Cooked bacon unrefrigerated roughly 2-3 days. If you cook the bacon and keep it refrigerated (maybe add to your nuts when needed) will last 2-3 weeks.

  • Richard

    What’s the difference between Beer Nuts and Deer Nuts?

    Deer Nuts are under a buck.

    • Richard

      Haha, I originally did the rimshot as a self closing tag and it actually broke it out into opening and closing tags. :)

  • Sarah

    I have been hosting a monthly brew tasting meet up at my house for a while now and always had a tricky time coming up with things to serve for appetizers. I am so so so relieved to have found this recipe and site before this Friday’s meet up! Thank you for your dedication and I look forward to seeing more and more recipes grace your pages!

  • Sarah

    P.S This is one of my favorite smoke beers :D