Bacon bourbon popcorn might just become your new favorite snack for any occasion.
It shouldn’t take much effort to convince you to try this bacon bourbon popcorn recipe.
I mean, it combines three delicious ingredients into one mouthwatering treat that is sure to tempt even the staunchest of critics.
The best part may just be that it doesn’t take too much effort to throw together. Make some for a camping trip or the fishing boat, and you’ll win over anyone who takes a bite.
Here’s how you do it.
Bacon Bourbon Popcorn
- 5 quarts freshly popped popcorn (preferably air-popped)
- 1/2-1 pound bacon (no one will judge you for going for the full pound), fried to desired crispiness and chopped
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups brown sugar
- ½ cup maple syrup (or light corn syrup)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 3 ounces bourbon (the cheaper the better)
First thing’s first, preheat your oven to 250 degrees.
While it starts heating up, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Once it is melted, add in the maple syrup, brown sugar and sea salt. Stir everything together and allow it to heat up until the edges are boiling.
Turn the heat down a touch and allow the mixture to rise to a temperature of 250 degrees. (A candy thermometer would be really useful here).
Once it has reached 250, remove the mixture from the heat and mix in the baking soda and bourbon. Once it is well mixed, add in the chopped bacon and give it one more stir.
Divide the popcorn between two lightly greased roasting pans and pour the caramel mixture evenly between the two pans.
Put them in the oven and allow them to cook for about 45 minutes. Make sure to stir the popcorn every 10-15 minutes to ensure proper bacon bourbon coverage.
Once the time is up, empty the pans of bacon bourbon popcorn onto parchment paper and let it cool.
Break it into smaller pieces, and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. That is, if there is even any left to put in there once you are done snacking!
One last tip concerning this bacon bourbon popcorn recipe: Think twice before sharing your batch of popcorn with anyone else. If you do decide to share with any friends or family, you will probably be expected to make the recipe quite often in the future.