“The sweetness of kettle corn with the smoky saltiness of bacon - can it get any better? Adapted from a recipe at Brown-Eyed Baker.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and grease reserved
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 12 cup popcorn
  • 1 12 cups cooking oil (use the reserved bacon grease and add extra oil to make 1/4 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 12 teaspoons fine salt


  1. Fry bacon in a skillet until brown and crisp; transfer to paper towels to drain. Transfer grease to a measuring cup; if less than 1/4 cup, add plain oil to make 1/4 cup total.
  2. When bacon is cool, chop into small pieces and toss with maple syrup. Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, place bacon grease (with oil, if using) and popcorn kernels. Sprinkle with sugar and 1 tsp salt. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and place over medium heat until you hear a few kernels pop.
  4. Once popping begins, hold pot and lid together tightly and shake pot every 1-2 minutes then return to heat (this will prevent the sugar from burning).
  5. Once popping is done, carefully remove the lid, add remaining salt and stir with a large spoon. Add bacon-maple mixture and toss well before serving.

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