Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Wow! Caramel Popcorn with Bacon, Bourbon and a hint of MapleIt is addictive. I couldn’t stop eating it. This is not your everyday caramel popcorn recipe. After all, we did use Woodford Bourbon from Kentucky. And who doesn’t like Bacon? Just sayin’. It was the hit of my friend, Lisa’s Kentucky Derby watching party. You need to try this FabulousRecipe.

Lisa and I made this recipe (her idea) and it is a fantastic flavor combination.  She is a wonderful and creative host. The party was so fun. Of course, Hats were worn in honor of the occasion. And the best part:

Congratulations to  Justify, Winner of the Kentucky Derby 2018.

A magnificent Thoroughbred from WinStar Farm! We hope JUSTIFY wins the Preakness next. If you love horse racing this Caramel Popcorn recipe may be your “lucky” recipe. You need to try it!!

Watch this quick Videoon how to make it. Tap the triangle- The video may take a second to load!! Yikes!

 This caramel popcorn should be illegal. Incredibly delicious with subtle bourbon and maple flavor. Plus who doesn’t like bacon! Just sayin’

Making Caramel Sauce for Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn. Incredibly delicious recipe.

Making Caramel Sauce for Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn. Incredibly delicious recipe.

Bubbling Caramel Sauce for Bacon Bourbon Caramal Popcorn recipe

Bubbling Caramel Sauce for our Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn

Photo showing the addition of crisp Bacon to our Caramel sauce

Adding crisp Bacon to our Caramel sauce

Photo of Photo showing caramel sauce being mixed into the popcorn

Photo of Photo showing caramel sauce being mixed into the popcorn

Ready to stir bacon bourbon caramel sauce with popcorn during the baking process

Time to Stir bacon bourbon caramel sauce with popcorn during the baking process

Delicious Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn just from the over and ready to cool

Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn just from the oven and ready to cool

After we made our Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn it was served in Red Striped Party Bag

Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn – Incredible Flavor

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Red Stripe Party Bag filled with Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn. Bacon, Maple Syrup and Kentucky Bourbon make the Popcorn irresistible.

Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn

This Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn is addictive. Incredibly delicious with subtle Bourbon and Maple flavor. Plus who doesn’t like Bacon! Just sayin’. Hit of the Party.
Course Holiday, Party, Popcorn, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword caramel popcorn, caramel popcorn recipe, popcorn, recipe
Prep Time 22 hours 52 minutes
Author Julie Brice Beiersdorf

Ingredients

  • 5 quarts plain Popcorn, freshly Popped
  • 1 pound Thick Cut Bacon, Diced
  • 1 cup Salted Butter
  • 2 cups packed Dark Brown Sugar, 11 ounces
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3 ounces Woodford Bourbon or High Quality Bourbon

Equipment

  • Large Saucier or Saucepan with Heavy Bottom
  • Popcorn Air Popper
  • Frying Pan or Cast Iron Skillet
  • Heatproof Spatula or Whisk
  • 2 Large Rimmed Baking Pans 18 x 12 or 2 Large Roasting Pans
  • Candy Thermometer or other Instant Read Thermometer

Instructions

  1. Arrange two oven racks in the top and bottom third of the oven. Preheat your oven to 250º.

MAKE THE POPCORN AND FRY THE BACON

  1. Make the Popcorn using an Air Popper or your preferred method (not microwave popcorn)

  2. Fry the diced Bacon until crisp, then Drain well.

MAKE THE CARAMEL SAUCE

  1. Melt 1 cup of Butter in a 2-quart saucier or saucepan over medium heat. 

    Mix in Brown Sugar, Maple Syrup and Sea Salt. Stir well. 

    Lower the heat slightly and let boil, stirring occasionally, until the Caramel is 250º

    Remove from heat and add the Baking Soda and Bourbon. 

    Once fully incorporated, stir in the BaconWow! 

BAKE THE BACON BOURBON CARAMEL POPCORN

  1. Divide the Caramel Popcorn into two very lightly greased roasting pans or very large rimmed baking sheets. Add the yummy Caramel Sauce and stir well to coat thoroughly. Be sure to spread the popcorn into an even layer. You will have clumps of popcorn and that is ok, just break up the clumps.

  2. Place the pans of popcorn the into the preheated oven for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring to mix every 10-15 minutes so all the popcorn kernels are coated in Bacon Bourbon coating.

  3. Cool the Caramel Popcorn. Once done, pour Caramel Popcorn onto either parchment paper or wax paper to cool completely and break into pieces. Serve or store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

From Salt and Light Blog | Adapted from Kentucky Derby Website

*What is a "saucier"? Post coming soon.

Kentucky Derby Party Photos.

Our favorite horse WON! Yeehaw! Now that is a Perfect party!

Hostess Lisa in her beautiful Hot Pink Hat, watches Justify during the Kentucky Derby

Hostess Lisa in her beautiful Hot Pink Hat, watches Justify during the Kentucky Derby

Party Hats - Kentucky Derby Party

Party Hats – Kentucky Derby Party

Great hat for the Kentucky Derby watching party

Kentucky Derby watching party

Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn
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Serves
Cuisine
American
Course
Party or Snack
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Hit of the party. Caramel Popcorn with Bacon, Bourbon and a hint of Maple. It is addictive. I couldn’t stop eating it. This is not your everyday caramel popcorn recipe. After all, we did use Woodford Bourbon from Kentucky. And who doesn’t like Bacon? Just sayin'.

Nutrition



Ingredients


Freshly Popped Popcorn, Butter, Dark Brown Sugar, Real Maple Syrup, Bourbon, Thick Bacon, Baking Soda, Salt

Directions


Prep
10m
Cook
45-60m
Ready In
1h 15m

  1. Pop the plain Popcorn.
  2. Fry the Bacon
  3. Make the Caramel Sauce per directions.
  4. Bake the Popcorn
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