Wow! 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’. 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’
Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn
- 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
- 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
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
Make the Popcorn using an Air Popper or your preferred method (not microwave popcorn)
Fry the diced Bacon until crisp, then Drain well.
MAKE THE CARAMEL SAUCE
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 Bacon. Wow!
BAKE THE BACON BOURBON CARAMEL POPCORN
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.
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.
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.
Kentucky Derby Party Photos.
Our favorite horse WON! Yeehaw! Now that is a Perfect party!
Party or Snack
- Pop the plain Popcorn.
- Fry the Bacon
- Make the Caramel Sauce per directions.
- Bake the Popcorn