baked bacon caramel popcorn
1 Pound bacon
1 Cup Popcorn Kernels
2 Whole Butter, unsalted
1/2 Teaspoon salt
2 Cup packed brown sugar
1/4 Cup Kentucky Bourbon
2 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Teaspoon baking soda
When ready to cook, start the Z Grill according to grill instructions. Set the temperature to 350 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10-15 minutes.
Lay bacon strips directly on the grill grate and cook 15-20 minutes or until fat is rendered and bacon is lightly browned. Remove from grill and chop into 1/2-inch pieces. Set aside.
While grill is cooling, pop kernels in a popcorn maker. Place popped kernels and bacon in a large bowl and set aside.
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine butter, salt, and sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until an instant-read thermometer reads 275 degrees F.
Immediately remove from heat and whisk in bourbon, vanilla and baking powder. Use caution because it will bubble up and release steam.
Reduce grill temperature to 225 degrees F and let cool 10-15 minutes.
Pour caramel sauce over bacon and popcorn and toss to coat. Spread popcorn out on a large sheet tray lined with a piece of parchment paper
Place sheet directly on the grill grate and cook at 225 degrees F for 15-20 minutes watching closely to make sure the caramel doesn’t burn.
Remove from grill and pour popcorn on a counter lined with parchment paper. Let cool 30 minutes or until caramel has set. Enjoy!