This Smoky & Sweet BBQ Popcorn Is the Perfect Summer Snack

This Smoky & Sweet BBQ Popcorn Is the Perfect Summer Snack

Love the bold, smoky flavors of barbecue? Then you’re in for a treat with this simple but super satisfying BBQ popcorn recipe!

Nothing says summer quite like a backyard cookout, with the aroma of smoky, sizzling barbecue filling the air, cool refreshments in hand, and the laughter of your favorite people echoing through the yard.

Well, that’s exactly what this BBQ popcorn will remind you of — it’s bold, savory, a little sweet, and oh-so-addicting. But unlike actual barbecue, this popcorn is completely vegan so even non-meat eaters can join in on the fun. 

So what are you waiting for? Fire up your stove, grab your Popper, and let’s get popping!

BBQ Popcorn Ingredients

  • ½ cup kernels 
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for extra heat)

BBQ Popcorn Directions

Step 1: Make BBQ Popcorn Seasoning

Mix BBQ popcorn seasoning ingredients together in a small bowl, then set aside.

Step 2: Heat

Set your stove to medium heat and allow your Popper to preheat for 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 3: Pour Oil

Pour oil into the Popper.

Step 4: Add Kernels

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Throw 2 to 3 kernels into the pot. Add in the rest once the first kernel pops, then cover the Popper.

Step 5: Pop

man turns crank of stovetop popcorn popper

Turn the Popper’s crank clockwise as the kernels pop to keep them from staying in one place and burning. 

Step 6: Remove

man removes lid of mint popcorn popper

When popping slows, remove the Popper from the burner and take off the lid. 

Step 7: Combine

Sprinkle the barbecue popcorn seasoning over the popcorn. Then cover the pot and give it a few cranks or shakes to distribute it evenly.

Step 8: Serve

barbecue popcorn in a bowl

Pour your BBQ popcorn into a huge bowl and enjoy!

More BBQ Popcorn Tips

  • If you want a tangier BBQ flavor, add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice powder or half a teaspoon of citric acid to your seasoning. 
  • Seasoning not sticking? Spraying a light layer of oil or butter over your popcorn will do the trick.
  • Store any leftover popcorn in an airtight container at room temperature and eat within 3 days. If it turns a little chewy, preheat your oven to 250°F, spread the BBQ popcorn on a baking sheet, and bake it for about 5 minutes so that it regains its crispness.

Your New Summer Flavorite 

Now this BBQ popcorn recipe may be a perfect summer treat, but you really can make it no matter the time of year and occasion, whether it’s for backyard movie night or just to satisfy a random craving! 

Want more popcorn recipes for your Popper and general snacking inspiration? Check out our blog! 

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