Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn

"Football snacking."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Preheat your oven to 250º.
  • Melt 1 cup of butter over medium heat. Mix in brown sugar, corn syrup and sea salt and then stir until boiling at the edges. Lower the heat slightly and let boil until the caramel is 250º. Remove from heat and add the baking soda and bourbon. Once fully incorporated, stir in the bacon.
  • Divide the popcorn into two very lightly greased roasting pans and coat with the caramel. Mix well and then put the popcorn into the preheated oven for about 45 minutes to an hour, mixing every 10-15 minutes so the kernels of popped corn is coated in bourbon bacon coating.
  • Once done, pour onto either parchment paper or wax paper to cool and break into pieces.
  • Refrigerate.

Questions & Replies

  1. I want to make as a guest gift at my daughter's wedding. Suggestions on how to store this?


  1. Any time a recipe starts with two cubes of butter, I know it's going to be good -- but this is even better than good. It's buttery, savory, sweet, crunchy and (don't tell my husband this) better than sex! Since the Mad Scientist is an analytical chemist for an agriculture company that specializes in testing nuts, I had just roasted some almonds he had brought home earlier in the week, and added that to the popcorn-caramel-bacon mixture, and it only enhanced it even more. Debating whether I want to share this at work, or just hog it all for myself.
  2. What a fantastic combination! I love caramel corn and bacon and bourbon.....and I loved this recipe. My husband took some it in to work to share and it got raves! Just make sure not to over-boil or over-bake because the coating can become grainy.
  3. What a great combo of flavors. This was a hit with everyone that tried it, I'll be making it often. I did add 1 teaspoon of crushed red peppers for a bit of spice and feel it really enhanced it even more
  4. Very good. Wasn't sure if Jack Daniels would work but it turned out fine. Only suggestion I have is to mix it in a bowl instead of all on the pan. Using the pan made it hard to mix evenly and a lot kept fallin off the pan. But a good recipe.
  5. Don't forget to keep this refrigerated. A lot of bacon fell off but it was delicious.


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