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Baked Bacon Caramel Popcorn

Traeger Kitchen


Baked Bacon Caramel Popcorn

Prep Time

40

Minutes

Cook Time

30

Minutes

Serves

6 - 8

People

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What's this?

Snack on this sweet and salty treat. Our Bacon Caramel Popcorn is loaded with Traeger-grilled bacon and covered in a sweet caramel sauce with a kick of Kentucky bourbon.

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound bacon

  • 1 Cup Popcorn Kernels

  • 2 Whole Butter, unsalted

  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt

  • 2 Cup packed brown sugar

  • 1/4 Cup Kentucky Bourbon

  • 2 Teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda

Steps

  • 1

    When ready to cook, start the Traeger according to grill instructions. Set the temperature to 350 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10-15 minutes.
  • 2

    Lay bacon strips directly on the grill grate and cook 15-20 minutes or until fat is rendered and bacon is lightly browned. Remove from grill and chop into 1/2-inch pieces. Set aside.
  • 3

    While grill is cooling, pop kernels in a popcorn maker. Place popped kernels and bacon in a large bowl and set aside.
  • 4

    In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine butter, salt, and sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until an instant-read thermometer reads 275 degrees F.
  • 5

    Immediately remove from heat and whisk in bourbon, vanilla and baking powder. Use caution because it will bubble up and release steam.
  • 6

    Reduce grill temperature to 225 degrees F and let cool 10-15 minutes.
  • 7

    Pour caramel sauce over bacon and popcorn and toss to coat. Spread popcorn out on a large sheet tray lined with a piece of parchment paper
  • 8

    Place sheet directly on the grill grate and cook at 225 degrees F for 15-20 minutes watching closely to make sure the caramel doesn’t burn.
  • 9

    Remove from grill and pour popcorn on a counter lined with parchment paper. Let cool 30 minutes or until caramel has set. Enjoy!