Thursday, May 9, 2013

Hickory Smoked Barbecue Popcorn | Friday Night Bites

One of my favorite go to snacks is popcorn.  The microwave version is good BUT the hand popped version done over the stove in a heavy pan is simply heaven.  It completely reminds me of growing up and when my Mom would pop in their fifty plus year old cast iron pot.  This pot is beyond seasoned; it is a legend in our family.

I am a tad obsessed with William Sonoma’s Hickory Smoked Sea Salt.  Recently I used it on my Avocado Crostini’s with Reduced Balsamic.  It is a fine salt with a perfect balance of smoke and hickory flavor.  With my craving for popcorn, my mind went spinning into creative mode and I came up with this flavored popcorn. 

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Everyone has a favorite barbecue sauce or makes one from scratch.  I have tried many.  One that is a standout for me is the Stubb's Original Barbecue Sauce.  It is smooth, a bit spicy and packed with rich barbecue flavor.  This popcorn would be perfectly balanced with either a cold beer or a Zinfandel.  May I present you all with my simple Friday Night Bites. 

Happy early Mother’s Day to all of the hardworking Mother’s and I hope you have a special day planned for Sunday!

Hickory Smoked Barbecue Popcorn

4 ½ Tablespoons vegetable oil
¾ Cup White popcorn kernels
Smoked Hickory Sea Salt

Use a large stock pot with a lid to pop the popcorn.  Over a medium to high heat, add the vegetable oil and kernels to the pot.  Once the first kernel pops, add the lid and shake frequently to prevent burning.  When the popping has almost stopped, dump into a large paper bag and sprinkle with salt and shake.  Next add the Barbecue Butter to the popcorn and shake really well to ensure popcorn is well covered.

Barbecue Butter

4 Tablespoons Butter
2 Tablespoon Barbecue Sauce

In a medium sauce pan, add the butter and let it melt over medium heat.  Next add the barbecue sauce.  Stir until combined.  Turn off the heat and let the flavors meld for 5 to 10 minutes.  Pop the kernels while the butter is infusing.


  1. OH yum, Lisa! I love popcorn too! In fact, I'm embarrassed to say, it was my dinner last night! This sounds wonderful!

  2. I completely understand your obsession with the hickory smoked, it sounds wonderful (especially atop this popcorn!).

    Happy Early Mother's Day, Lisa!

  3. Love me some popcorn and I love the creativity you used on this! Sounds delicious :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  4. Love these flavors! This would be so perfect for a summer snack!

  5. This looks a great treat for our mother's day party.
    I agree that nothing compares to the hand popped version. I love popcorn so much! Will give it a try tomorrow to see how the sauce works.

  6. i love making popcorn on the stove top. These flavors are great, I know my husband would love this!

  7. I love popcorn so much and this looks like a great flavor perfect for a movie night!

  8. Ooh, this sounds interesting! I recently found non-microwaved popcorn (in the ethnic section, weirdly enough) and am SO excited to finally be able to make fun stuff like this! Love this idea.

  9. This is what I call! LOL! I will be making this at home for my kids, who are obsessed with flavoured popcorn! I agree that fresh popcorn (not microwave) is superior, although it probably wouldn't hurt putting this tasty powder in the microwavable one!

  10. Oh my goodness, I would need to make a double batch of this yummy stuff, one for me and one for everyone else, sounds amazing!

  11. Such a unique popcorn flavor--perfect for summer. Hmmm, I think I'd have a hard time walking away from the bowl with this popcorn in it. :)


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