Sriracha Bacon Popcorn

Cliché alert: Today we’re sticking bacon and Sriracha together and slapping it on popcorn. Oh yes we are!

Sriracha Bacon Popcorn

Yes, we know that loving bacon and loving Sriracha are both clichés in the food world. We even thought of avoiding them altogether. But no. How could we do our first full topic over here at The Cookful and not pull out everyone’s favorite ingredients? We just had to follow those clichés where they led.

You know what though, we at least stayed away from the bigger cliché: Sticking a fried egg on it. Or did we?

A note about this recipe: What you’re going to do is mix together bacon fat and Sriracha in equal amounts. We at first tried tossing that mixture with the popcorn. But the liquid from the Sriracha made the popcorn deflate and get soggy. Not good.

Instead, we discovered that the best thing to do is to drizzle the mixture over the popcorn and let it be. Don’t mix it. As you reach in, some kernels have a heavy douse of the sauce (and those ones are a bit soggy) but others that go in your mouth at the same time have less or no sauce (so they’re not soggy). The result is mostly fluffy popcorn with intense bacon and Sriracha flavor.

Sriracha Bacon Popcorn

Yield: 8 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups popped popcorn
  • 3 strips bacon
  • 2 Tbsp. Sriracha

Directions:

  1. Put the popcorn in a serving bowl.
  2. Put the bacon in skillet set over medium heat. Cook, flipping occasionally, until crispy, about 4-5 minutes. Transfer bacon to a cutting board. Measure 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat into a small bowl.
  3. Add the Sriracha to the bacon fat and whisk to incorporate. Chop bacon finely. Drizzle Sriracha mixture over popcorn. Sprinkle with chopped bacon. Do not stir.

Christine Pittman

Christine is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Cookful. She also blogs at COOKtheSTORY where she specializes in easy healthy homemade recipes. Healthiness aside, she has been known to shred cheese onto a dinner plate, microwave it for 30 seconds, and then eat the messy goop with a spoon.