Bacon Popcorn

Bacon Popcorn | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Popcorn is a fun snack by itself, but it’s a bit plain.  That’s why we see cheese, caramel, and kettle corn.  Try this variation and the bacon lovers around you will be excited.

I took this to my monthly card game the other night.  I was assigned to bring a salty snack, and I wanted to do something different.  The girls enjoyed it, and one friend said, “Linda always brings good snacks.  Bacon popcorn.  Who would have thunk it.” But of course I’m not the first to think of this idea.  I know I’ve read about people using bacon grease to pop popcorn, and I’m sure someone has added the bacon to it also.

It’s not hard to convince you this tastes good, right?  The problem is convincing you to cook the popcorn in the bacon grease.  I mean, bacon grease is supposed to be terrible for you.  It’s loaded with saturated fat, isn’t it?

Bacon Popcorn (Cooked Bacon) | The Gluten Free Homemaker

Well, the use of bacon grease is debatable.  Some say it’s very unhealthy and some say it’s healthier than using refined oils.  It’s true that bacon grease contains about 40% saturated fat.  But did you know that it contains even more, 45%, monounsaturated fat?  That’s the good fat that’s found in olive oil.

I’ve been convinced for some time that refined oils are not healthy, but old habits are hard to break.  I still use them some, but more and more I choose coconut oil, palm oil, and extra virgin olive oil.

Coming back to bacon grease, if you are totally opposed to using it, then don’t make this.  I think it’s fine to use in moderation, and this snack, like a dessert, can be a special treat.

Bacon Popcorn
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 12
  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1 cup popcorn kernels
  • 3 Tablespoons bacon grease
  • salt
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with foil.
  3. Place strips of bacon on the cookie sheet in a single layer.
  4. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes or until crisp. Time may vary according to the thickness of the bacon.
  5. Remove the bacon, letting the fat drip off, and place it on a paper towel lined plate.
  6. Reserve the bacon grease by pouring it into a small dish.
  7. Heat 3 tablespoons of the bacon grease in a large pot on the stove on medium high heat.
  8. Place two popcorn kernels in the grease.
  9. When they pop, add the remaining popcorn kernels.
  10. Cover the pot with a piece of foil and cut several slits in the foil with a knife to allow steam to escape.
  11. Shake the pot as the kernels pop to prevent burning.
  12. When most of the kernels are popped, remove from the heat and remove the foil.
  13. Cut or crumble the bacon into pieces.
  14. Combine the popcorn, bacon, and salt to taste in a large bowl and serve.


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  1. says

    This is such a great idea and I think my family would love it, especially since I have a lot of bacon and bacon grease. I know what I am trying next time we have popcorn.

    • David Schreiner says

      I have been making bacon grease popcorn for years, in Ohio in farm country the popcorn was always made with bacon grease, now I teach in Baltimore County Maryland and I bring it in for my kids and they just love it. My students think I should start a business selling that great popcorn.

      • says

        Hi David. I’m in Maryland, too. That’s great that you make bacon popcorn for your students. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  2. says

    Wow, now I’ve seen everything! I know bacon makes everything good, but it never dawned on me to pair it with popcorn.

  3. says

    I’d try it! I don’t eat popcorn that often, but we do eat bacon more. In fact, it was a package of bacon that added flavor and stretched two meals this weekend for camping after I found out that Son was bringing three friends, not just one. 😉 Thanks for this idea and recipe, Linda!


  4. says

    Wow! What a great idea! I will have to give this a try with some microwave popcorn and add bacon.

    Bacon is awesome.

  5. says

    My hubs makes bacon greaso popcorn all. the. time. If I start eating it, I can’t quit til the bowl is empty – it’s quite delish!!
    Didn’t know that it’s 40% good fat – I just figured it was ANOTHER way to get some vitamin D – you kow pigs store all their vit d under their skin – so it’s actually healthy from that perspective too.
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  6. Diane says

    I grew up eating bacon popcorn every Friday night (minus the crumbled bacon). My mom saved the bacon grease whenever she cooked bacon. My whole family loves it!

  7. Christine says

    Sounds good, but remember that not many bacon is gluten free. Might want to remind your readers that are new to gluten free eating.

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