Smoky bacon, sweet maple, and a kick of black pepper make for an entirely addictive bowl of popcorn.
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1 lb. thick-cut bacon
- 3⁄4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp. fresh-ground black pepper
- 1⁄2 tsp. salt
- 6 cups basic popcorn
Preheat an oven to 350°. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add bacon strips and cook until crisp, turning occasionally. Remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate; reserve 2 tablespoons bacon drippings.
Crumble bacon. Toss bacon, drippings, maple syrup, black pepper, and salt with popcorn. Spread popcorn mixture in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes, rotating trays halfway through, stirring occasionally. Serve hot.