What is white… fluffy… and tastes like bacon? POPCORN! Wait. What?

Heather, a nurse I work with, and I were talking about the venison stew that I recently had posted. I was enthusiastically telling her how my favorite part in the recipe was browning the venison in bacon fat. She asked me if I’ve ever made popcorn in bacon fat. And my eyes lit up and my jaw dropped! Why didn’t I think of that… it sounds delicious… yet so bad… it… it… sounds PERFECT!

Words can’t express how excited I was to try this!

I LOVE BACON!


My husband thinks I’m crazy for wanting to make this, so I made this while he is away hunting… YAY! More for me!! Boy is he missing out!

We had just cooked up some slab bacon for BLT’s, so I poured it through a mesh strainer to catch the dark bits into a container.

Just a side note: Bacon fat is also really good to fry your eggs in!


Now, have you ever heard of jewel popcorn? Black Jewell is my favorite gourmet brand of popping corn and you can get the kernels in either black or crimson! Its hull is a beautiful red {or black}, and the cool part is that when the kernels pop, they are a beautiful stark white!

The only difference between the crimson and the black is that the black kernels are smaller and the hull shatters when it is popped which leaves you with less hull to get stuck in your teeth! Studies have also shown that both of these kinds of popcorn are chocked full of antioxidants… so get poppin!

You should be able to find this product right by the regular popcorn kernels at your local grocery store. Otherwise you can visit Black Jewell’s website and order yourself some!! Not to mention it’s a U.S. based company you’re supporting!!


These are the crimson popcorn kernels. Don’t they look a lot like pomegranate arils?!


All you need to make this yummy snack is the kernels and some bacon fat a deep pot and maybe some salt.


Measure out 1/4 to 1/2 cup of kernels, or as many as it takes to form a thin layer on the bottom of a deep sauce pan. Mine is 3 1/2 quarts… I used a 1/4 cup… but I could have definitely used a half.


Melt a tablespoon of the bacon fat in the sauce pan over medium high heat.


Once it is completely melted drop in one kernel of the crimson popcorn.


Put a lid on it and wait for it to pop.


Once you hear the pop, remove the lid.


Pour in the right amount of popcorn kernels for your pot.


Give them a shake to form a single layer on the bottom.


Put the lid back on the pot and shake frequently until there is a long pause in between pops and all kernels are popped! Carefully remove the lid once the popping has stopped.


Give them a quick taste then season with some kosher salt.


My dog was going bonkers when I was making this… between the delicious smell of bacon… and the popcorn pinging against the lid of my pot. It was kinda funny actually.


Some may argue with me that cooking with bacon fat is unhealthy… but I disagree… bacon fat is my friend.


You won’t believe how delicious this is. It has a light smokey-bacony flavor, and each kernel has a slightly buttery texture. I didn’t add any melted butter to this, because in my opinion it was perfect the way it was. I also found that the longer it sat the more pronounced the bacon flavor was. OH-MY-GOODNESS this is amazing!!


Look how bright red and pretty the popcorn hull is!! You have to make this, you’ll be glad you did!


Crimson Bacon Popcorn
Yield: a lot

Crimson Bacon Popcorn

Popcorn popped in bacon fat!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon bacon fat, strained of impurities
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup popcorn kernels [depending on pot size]
  • kosher salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat the bacon fat in a deep 3 quart saucepan over medium high heat.
  2. Once melted add one kernel, cover with the lid and wait for the kernel to pop.
  3. Then pour in the rest of the kernels forming a single layer on the bottom of the pot.
  4. Replace the lid and shake frequently until the popping has subsided and all kernels are popped.
  5. Remove lid carefully and season with kosher salt.