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This flavorful, yet incredibly easy Bacon popcorn is the perfect after school snack or a great choice of popcorn flavors for movie night.

The old adage is “Everything tastes better with bacon” and I couldn’t agree more. I have not quite gotten into bacon in my cakes and cookies yet, like others, but I am willing to get there at some point, we’ll see.  But I still have that firm belief that many things in life just go better with bacon. End of story.

About 10 years ago (maybe more… not real sure, I’m getting old lol) I was getting ready to teach a Freezer Cooking class at a local community center. The focus was on breakfast so I was making freezable breakfast sandwiches (my son’s favorite meal in the world) and making sure I had the correct amount of bacon for the sandwiches – yes hours before class – don’t judge, I’m a procrastinator. Plus we were out of them so I needed to make more anyway. I spent the better half of the morning getting some breakfasts cooked up and when I was done I had this huge thing of bacon grease, and an appetite, but it was truly time to go. I was trying to come up with something to make fast that I could take with me and popcorn was the thing I was aiming for. Long story short, I got this brilliant idea to use the bacon grease as the oil for the popcorn. I really was not sure if it would work or if it would even taste good. It does. I love it when inspiration hits in strange ways and I wind up concocting something new to me. We’ve been making this ever since and it’s delicious!

 

I also recently got a chance to try out Bacon Salt. Bacon Salt is a low sodium, zero calorie, zero fat, vegetarian and kosher seasoning that makes everything taste like bacon. In fact, it gives it a hickory smoked bacony flavor that emphasizes the already bacony flavor of the popcorn. But it’s not needed, it just enhances it. It’s wonderful. You should also check out all their other fun bacon gifts and fun products. No, I am not paid to say that, I just think there is some cute stuff there and if you’re a huge bacon fan… well, all the better!

And btw, I’ve now tried it on eggs, hamburgers, chicken, shrimp and fish. Ever had bacon flavored Salmon? OMG! Anyway, it’s amazing, you should try it, click on the link up there and go by some. AMAZING!

This makes a great snack, can be made ahead of time and is delightfully delicious!

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Okay, onto the yummy recipe.

Bacon Popcorn

Bacon Popcorn

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

Ingredients

  • Bacon grease – several tablespoons to ¼ cup, depends on how much popcorn you make and how much bacon flavor you want
  • 2 bacon strips, crumbled (you can reserve the bacon grease from this)
  • ¼-½ cup popcorn kernels, depending on how much you’d like to make
  • salt and/or pepper to taste, or use bacon salt!

Instructions

  1. Dump the bacon grease into a pot on your stove top. Heat on high and drop a couple (5) kernels into the grease. Cover. As soon as they pop, you know it’s ready. Don’t remove the lid too often, but if it gets steamed up, after a minute or two you can open the lid and check to see if they popped (its usually audible).
  2. Pour the rest of your popcorn kernels into the pot and replace the lid. Begin sliding the pot around on the stove, keeping the kernels moving inside the pot. This is so that they don’t burn. It took roughly about a minute to a minute and a half to pop all the kernels and we used ¾ c. of kernels. Just watch and keep shaking as much as possible.
  3. When the popcorn seems sufficiently popped, pour the popcorn into a serving bowl, or individual serving bowls. Sprinkle the crumbled bacon on top of the popcorn, add a little salt and/or pepper (or bacon salt) and eat and enjoy!

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Megan @ I run for wine

Tuesday 30th of October 2012

Omg!!! I love!!

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

Thursday 5th of April 2012

Love, love, love this! It's really great how bacon has become almost a staple in desserts/baked goods now.

Nicole Humphrey Cook

Friday 13th of April 2012

I know, we can now use bacon in cupcakes if we want. (I don't want). But I do love bacon on lots and lots and lots of things :)

Jerry

Monday 2nd of April 2012

Bacon + Popcorn. Could there possibly be a better combination? I'm not sure, unless perhaps it's maple bacon. Thanks for the idea. I have to make this now.

Nicole Humphrey Cook

Tuesday 3rd of April 2012

No, I'm just sure there is not. The more you use the more flavor you get. Enjoy!

Nikki

Monday 2nd of April 2012

Oh my goodness, yum!! I'm so glad you came up with this! I can't wait to try it. Also, are you joking about the bacon salt? Everything tasting of bacon but no extra calories? You must have been sent to me!

Nikki – inspire nordic

Nicole Humphrey Cook

Monday 2nd of April 2012

Hi Nikki, nope - no joke about the bacon salt - and its SO good!! It's ridiculous how natural it tastes. I've even sprinkled it on a sandwich with some mayo and turkey and I swear it is like eating a turkey club. Delicious! Thank you for stopping by!

Sunithi

Monday 2nd of April 2012

Oooh yes ! bacon !!! This looks delist ! Will be a great hit with my family for the next family movie night . Thanks for the yumm recipe :)

Nicole Humphrey Cook

Monday 2nd of April 2012

Who doesn't love Bacon, right Sue? Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I disabled the Triberr comments plugin because I didn't like not being able to reply directly to the person who left the comment. You had to come here to leave that comment, so thank you! Xoxo

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