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Not only can you make popcorn on your Traeger but you can make Bacon Parmesan Popcorn! Here's yet another use for the can of bacon grease sitting in your fridge. To get the full bacon experience, in addition to cooking the popcorn in the bacon grease you can also drizzle more over the finished popcorn and top with crispy bacon bits.
BACON PARMESAN POPCORN
PREP TIME: 2 minutes
COOK TIME: 20 minutes, total
RECOMMENDED PELLETS: Hickory
1/4 cup bacon grease
1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
1 teaspoon seasoned salt, or more to taste
3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, or more to taste
3 tablespoons bacon bits (optional)
Aluminum pie pan & aluminum foil
Set your Traeger to Smoke with the lid open for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the fire is established. Preheat to 400 degrees F with the lid closed for 10 to 15 minutes.
Start by warming up the bacon grease in the microwave (if it's cold) for about 1 minute. Pour the bacon grease and the popcorn kernels into an aluminum pie pan.
Cover the pan with foil, leaving slack space on top for the popcorn once it starts popping.
Put the popcorn pie pan in the middle of the grill grate.
It will take about 10 minutes before the kernels start popping. Make sure you shake the pan every couple of minutes to keep the unpopped kernels on the bottom of the pan.
Once the popping starts, keep shaking the pan once every minute or so and let it sit on the Traeger until the popping slows down to more than 3 seconds per pop. (It will be around 5 minutes.)
To keep the freshly popped popcorn from burning, we suggest taking the pan off the Traeger and scooping out the popped kernels, leaving the unpopped ones. Then cover the pan up again with foil and let it cook for another 5 minutes (or until the popping slows down to more than 3 seconds per pop), continuing to give it a shake every minute or so. (As with any bag of popcorn there will still be a few unpopped kernels and that's okay. Just throw those stubborn ones away.)
Pour all of the popcorn into a large bowl or bag and while it is still hot, season with salt and parmesan cheese and give it all a good toss or two.
*IF you want the extra bacon-ness you can drizzle the popcorn with a tablespoon or two of additional bacon grease and to push it over the top add in some cooked bacon crumbles.
This popcorn can make any movie a success. It's almost as good as a bacon IV.