Bacon popcorn

I’m a bit jetlagged and can’t get to sleep, hence this late night post.

I’d like to tell everyone about something new I had at dinner (or more accurately at a restaurant bar waiting for a dinner companion to arrive): bacon-flavored popcorn.  I had it at a restaurant near Hyde Park called Texture.  

It’s just as delicious as you would imagine.






42 replies
  1. 1
    Robin G. says:

    That is unbelievably disgusting.

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    Just Some Baconhead says:

    That does sound awesome, DougJ. I can’t think of anything I cook where I don’t start with bacon and yet it never occurred to me to flavor popcorn with it. Did you get a recipe? Is it just as simple as throwing some bacon grease on popcorn or was there also bacon bits involved? Was it a shellacked treat like caramel corn or was it just bacon-drippy goodness?

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    Josh Hueco says:

    I bet it goes good with this.

  4. 4
    Andrew says:

    Bacon Salt can make anything bacon flavored.

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    Laura W says:

    Doug, you’ve been there since Monday.
    "Jet lagged" is no longer credible.
    "Perpetually skunked" is the term you’re looking for.
    Cheers!

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    Punchy says:

    There’s a sports talk radio guy in KC area who almost daily swears that, aside frum desserts, EVERYTHING tastes bettah w/ bacon. Upon careful pontification of such proclamation, I must declare he’s dead fucking right.

    Altho, honestly, I nevah figged popcorn to come into considdyation

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    Svensker says:

    It’s just as delicious as you would imagine.

    In a good way, or a bad way?

    The Brits also put baked beans on toast, which has got to be one of the most repulsive WASP-food ideas ever, outside of Scandinavia.

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    DougJ says:

    In a good way, or a bad way?

    Good way. It’s really good.

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    ed says:

    How could that not be awesome?

  10. 10

    That sounds awesome. Bring some back so you can enjoy it while watching the continued GOP meltdown.

    "Jet lagged" is no longer credible.

    Now, now. If I move more than 4 hours outside of my normal time zone it takes me about two weeks to adjust. I’m sure DougJ has been perfectly sober the entire time. [snerk]

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    Ah, bacon fat. I keep telling my girlfriend she should put a dab of it behind each ear. What a turn-on.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    That does sound awesome, DougJ. I can’t think of anything I cook where I don’t start with bacon and yet it never occurred to me to flavor popcorn with it. Did you get a recipe? Is it just as simple as throwing some bacon grease on popcorn or was there also bacon bits involved? Was it a shellacked treat like caramel corn or was it just bacon-drippy goodness?

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    I eat a boatload of salt and bacon and country ham. If they ever find out that stuff is bad for ya, I’m a dead man. But how likely is that to happen, something that good being bad for ya? Unpossible.

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    DougJ says:

    I eat a boatload of salt and bacon and country ham.

    Country ham may be the world’s most underrated food.

    This bacon popcorn was pretty subtly bacon-flavored. Anyway, it was unbelievably good.

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    Comrade Darkness says:

    You will probably also like the chicken flavored potato chips (crisps) in that case. Served with ketchup, most likely. (Better than the bbq flavored ones served with salsa, tho.)

    As awful as you might imagine.

    Enjoy the exchange rate. Last time we were there it cost 2.10 to buy one pound.

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    John Cole says:

    @DougJ: Soak a country ham in Dr. Pepper next time.

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    Walker says:

    My roommate in college was a Jew from Long Island. He came to hang out with my family one summer down in NC. He was floored by the array of pork products available. I think the last straw was when we were not able to find a restaurant with kosher green beans. He declared to me that southern culture was "the quest for more pork products".

    And now I live in NY. Even Dinosaur BBQ doesn’t know how to pull pork. Sigh.

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    Punchy says:

    Every day I fill the Kongs w/ bacon-flavored Beggin’ Strips, I’m so freakin jealous of the dogs. Easy access human bacon snax wud be the death of me. When does Jones Soda cum out w/ bacon-flavoed pop?

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    Mister J.S. Fuckhead, yes bacon is bad for you. There was some article at the BBC website just the other day. But, hey, who wants to live forever?

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    Walker says:

    Enjoy the exchange rate. Last time we were there it cost 2.10 to buy one pound.

    Exchange rates in general are crazy right now. My Polish wife is busy stocking up on DVDs from every show of her childhood given the current rate of the złoty.

  22. 22
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Bob In Pacifica: Oh great, one of the Bacon Truthers crawls out from under a rock.. do you people ever give up?

  23. 23
    Comrade Stuck says:

    @John Cole:

    Soak a country ham in Dr. Pepper next time.

    How would you get it in the bottle?

  24. 24
    Comrade Stuck says:

    I’m a bit jetlagged and can’t get to sleep

    You got problems there. We Pilgrims are watching the clock in Becks’s DOOM ROOM.

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    Ya know, I was looking into the whole Islam thing because our president is a Muslim and you can have four wives if you’re a muslim, which, since I have zero wives right now, or even girlfriends, would be a huge improvement. I didn’t have a problem with the zakat or the praying five times a day towards Mecca but when I found out about the bacon and booze thing I was like, "hey, fuck that man, giving up bacon and booze for Allah, that shit’s uncool."

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    Ya know, I was looking into the whole Islam thing because our president is a Muslim and you can have four wives if you’re a muslim, which, since I have zero wives right now, or even girlfriends, would be a huge improvement. I didn’t have a problem with the zakat or the praying five times a day towards Mecca but when I found out about the bacon and booze thing I was like, "hey, fuck that man, giving up bacon and booze for Allah, that shit’s uncool."

  27. 27
    Cat Lady says:

    Porky goodness.

    That is all.

  28. 28
    Martin says:

    Recipe

    Saw it a few months ago. Apologies for not sharing.

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    randiego says:

    @Svensker

    The Brits also put baked beans on toast,

    the ozzies do this too, along with spaghetti. Even scrambled eggs on toast for a light dinner. Yum

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    Toreador Red says:

    aside frum desserts, EVERYTHING tastes bettah w/ bacon

    Whaddayah mean "aside frum desserts"? Try maple bacon cupcakes.

    OK, I haven’t tried it either, but that’s just because I’m too lazy to cook.

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    Arachnae says:

    When I was a kid, Mom saved bacon grease to pop the popcorn in instead of oil. Yum!

  32. 32
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  33. 33
    Comrade Stuck says:

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    Blue Raven says:

    @Svensker:

    The Brits also put baked beans on toast

    My Quebecois/Irish grandmother introduced me to cold baked bean sandwiches. Margarine on what passed for whole wheat bread in those days and cold beans in the middle. My underdeveloped palate thought it a very neat idea. These days, the starch levels would make it a bad idea.

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    Indylib says:

    It’s a pork fat thing.

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    gbear says:

    The Brits also put baked beans on toast, which has got to be one of the most repulsive WASP-food ideas ever, outside of Scandinavia.

    One of the lunchtime treats that I grew up with and loved dearly was a baked open face sandwich made with baked beans, bacon and cheese. I haven’t had one for years but thinking about it makes me want one now. They were really good, especially if you baked them until just before the cheese was about to bubble up and turn brown. Mmm.

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    2th&nayle says:

    @Josh Hueco: Josh, what great site! How in the cornbread hell did you ever stumble across that lil’ dandy? Had to Bmrk that one for later! Thx!

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    R-Jud says:

    Baked beans on toast, baked beans on baked potatoes– the misguided love affair with baked beans is one of the things I don’t get about the UK. That and Blue Peter.

    Luckily, there is always Indian food. DougJ, you’ve been hitting the Indian food, right?

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    Cathyish says:

    @gbear: Baked bean sandwiches: one of my favorite childhood treats. When I go visit my dad, I always beg him to make them for me. When I make them for myself they never taste as good as his.

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    In Portland we have Voodoo Doughnut, which makes a Bacon Maple Bar. Not, alas, as awesome tasting as it sounds, but absolutely worth trying just to be able to tell people you’ve had a bacon donut. Instant street cred among the right sorts of people.

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    DougJ says:

    DougJ, you’ve been hitting the Indian food, right?

    A bit. I’m staying with a friend who’s a bit of a foodie, so I’ve eaten a lot in the apartment.

    My experience with the Indian food here is that it’s no better than what I get in Rochester (which seems to me to have better Indian food than most places in the US). But it’s a lot better than regular English food.

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    debbie says:

    Didn’t read all the posts, but bacon popcorn was first served to me in Brazil, at a friend’s family farm. Just cook about 5 slices of bacon (cut small). When almost crisp, add a little extra oil to cover bottom of kettle. Pour kernals in the bottom to cover oil, and continue to heat on med high. Shake, or not depending on your pan, and heat. Salt as needed. Delicious, and unhealthy!!!

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