Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Hands-on Time
22 Mins
Total Time
50 Mins
Serves 12 (serving size: 1 muffin)

We enjoyed the subtle heat in these muffins, but if you want to spice things up, add up to 2 teaspoons of ground red pepper.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with foil; place a wire rack on the baking sheet.

Step 2

To prepare streusel, combine 3 tablespoons sugar, 2 teaspoons water, and pepper in a small bowl. Spread mixture evenly over both sides of bacon. Place coated bacon on rack; bake at 400° for 18 minutes or until done. Cool; finely chop.

Step 3

Combine oats and 1 tablespoon flour in a small bowl. Stir in butter. Stir in 2 tablespoons chopped bacon; reserve remaining bacon. Set aside.

Step 4

Reduce oven temperature to 350°. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

Step 5

To prepare muffins, weigh or lightly spoon 9 ounces (about 1 3/4 cups) flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 9 ounces flour, remaining bacon, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl; stir well. Combine beer, oil, vanilla, and egg in another bowl, gently stirring with a whisk. Add beer mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Evenly divide batter among muffin cups. Sprinkle streusel evenly over batter.

Step 6

Bake at 350° for 18 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center of muffins comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove muffins from pan; serve warm, or cool completely on a wire rack.

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Ratings & Reviews

tamhartner's Review

January 04, 2015
I'm going to call these "man muffins"! That's right! I'm not a huge fan of muffins but you throw bacon in anything and I'm in! Followed this recipe exactly and it gives you a sweet and salty breakfast treat and individual servings when you're sick of the egg breakfast options. Mmmmm.....

terales's Review

July 10, 2014

LDombeck's Review

June 17, 2014
I made these for my husband for Father's Day. He loved them. He kept commenting on how interesting the flavor was. I didn't eat any, but he really liked them. I only used 1/4 tsp ground red pepper. Still spicy. Used Guiness as well.

JackieP021's Review

June 13, 2014
These were great! Think I'll use more red pepper next time.

Pamgardentrolle's Review

May 18, 2014
Very good with just a hint of sweet