If I told you how much popcorn I consumed in college my senior year alone, your gag reflex might kick in. Seriously, I couldn’t get enough of it and my friends couldn’t either. Popcorn was our crack and no day was complete without a bowl before bed.
This was so wrong on so many levels but the most wrong thing about it was that bacon was never involved. Me! And bacon wasn’t there! The fact that I didn’t combine my two favorite things makes me embarrassed to be a human. But this is my retribution. Here it is. I present to you, Bacon Popcorn.
But let me get to the real point of this article. I have now found a way to put bacon on everything. Get a salt or pepper grinder from the grocery store for cheap or get caught buying some $5 grindable spice blend from Whole Foods like me if you’re an idiot. Remove the contents. Replace the contents with the bacon you cook in this recipe. Literally, your life won’t ever be the same.
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
3 slices bacon, small dice, preferably not thick cut (yeah, that’s the only time you’ll ever hear me say that
1/3 to 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, depending on how much bacon fat you have
1 pinch dried sage
salt, to taste
one salt or pepper grinder, contents removed
- Slice bacon in half length-wise, so the strip is half as wide. Then dice from there. This is the ideal dice for this dish.
- In a medium frying pan over medium-low heat, add diced bacon and sauté for about 5-6 minutes, or until fully cooked.
- Remove bacon to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any grease, doing your best to keep as much of the grease in the pan as possible.
- Transfer bacon grease to a medium-sized saucepan and turn heat to high.
- Add popcorn kernels to saucepan.
- Make sure there is enough grease to slightly cover the popcorn kernels. Add some of any other type of oil if you need more.
- Add salt and sage.
- Cover pan and let sit. Once kernels start popping, make sure to shake the pot every couple seconds to make sure the kernels pop evenly.
- Continue cooking until kernels start to pop a few seconds apart.
- Transfer popcorn to a large bowl. You might have to do this a couple times throughout the process depending on how many kernels you used.
- Take bacon pieces and add to your salt or pepper grinder.
- Grind bacon on top of popcorn. Grind bacon on top of your eggs. Grind bacon on top of your ice cream. You get the picture.