Guest blogger Katie is the blogger behind Culinary Pirate, the innovative blog that captures Katie’s love for experimentation in the kitchen, travel and other fun related to food & drink.
Sweet and salty are two flavors that go hand in hand and are addictive when combined. Take, for instance, sweet and salty kettle corn. You often see it sold at fairs or farmers markets but, believe it or not, you can easily make your own at home. It’s perfect if you’re in need of some game day watching snacks or even for a family movie night in. It’s incredibly quick and inexpensive to prepare. All you need are corn kernels, sugar, salt, and some cooking oil.
For this kettle corn recipe, I wanted to enhance the standard recipe by adding some Stubb’s rub for added spice and America’s favorite food obsession: bacon! The spice rub and bacon give it another level of savory goodness which pairs perfectly with the hint of sweetness from the sugar. And if you’re not in the mood for the sweetness, simply leave out the sugar to make spiced bacon popcorn.
If you have a cast iron pot or Dutch oven, I recommend using it for this recipe as the cast iron heats not only from the bottom, but on all sides, thus ensuring even cooking of the kernels. A standard stainless steel or aluminum pot will work just fine, though. No matter which vessel you’re using to make this kettle corn, just remember to shake, shake, shake it! By constantly shaking the pot as the popcorn pops, it ensures that the kernels and sugar won’t burn to the bottom of the pot.
Make and enjoy this snack but be warned: it’s highly addictive and you may not want to share any of it!