Quick and Easy

Bacon Fat Popcorn

July 10, 2019
Photo by Amy Neunsinger
Author Notes

This simple stovetop popcorn from actor and chef David Burtka cooks in rendered bacon fat and gets a good heap of crumbled bacon bits on top.

Recipe originally published in Life Is a Party: Deliciously Doable Recipes to Make Every Day a Celebration by David Burtka. —Food52

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Bacon Fat Popcorn
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • Makes 12 cups
  • 3 tablespoons bacon fat
  • 2/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • Kosher salt
  • Bacon bits (optional)
In This Recipe
  1. In a large heavy-bottomed stockpot or Dutch oven, melt the bacon fat over medium-high heat. When the fat starts to shimmer, add the popcorn kernels and stir to coat in the bacon fat. Cook, stirring continuously, for 1 minute, then cover the pot with a lid; you should hear the kernels start popping after 30 seconds to 1 minute. Cook, shaking the pot often to prevent the kernels from burning, until the sound of the popping kernels slows down significantly, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn off the heat but keep the lid on until the popping stops completely.
  2. Remove the lid, season liberally with salt, then cover the pot again and give it a few good shakes, preferably turning it completely over with the lid on to evenly distribute the salt. Serve in a large bowl. Sprinkle with bacon bits, if desired.

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