BBQ Popcorn

Updated: Aug 10, 2018

Snack #4 of 4 snacks featured in my 4 Vegan Gluten-Free Snack Recipes video.

I used to think that the only way to pop popcorn was through microwavable popcorn bags. Now that I know better I never buy those chemical-laden microwave bombs ever again. Instead, I make my own, and it's literally a fraction of the price! (Seriously! I get mine in bulk at Sprouts for $0.99/lb.)

You don't have to worry about the harmful artificial ingredients because you get to customize it all for yourself! And speaking of customizing, that's the best part, experimenting with different flavors! Right now, my current fav is my BBQ popcorn! No shady business here, all simple plant-based ingredients, but be careful; these are incredibly addicting! I always have to pace myself when making these cause I can inhale a big bowl in seconds. If you love BBQ chips, you're going to love these, but if you end up eating 10 cups all by yourself, don't blame me; you've been warned.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 12 to 14 minutes

Total Time: 14 to 16 minutes

Serves: 3 to 4 people

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• 3 to 4 tbsp. coconut oil divided (half for cooking and half for coating)

• 1/2 cup uncooked popcorn kernels

• 1 tsp. smoked paprika

• 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

• 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. sea salt (or to taste)


  1. With a big pot on the stove at medium high heat, add in 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp. of the coconut oil along with 2 popcorn kernels. Leave the lid on and wait for them to pop.

  2. Once they've popped you can add in the rest of the kernels. Don't skip this step. Popcorn kernels can easily burn so it's important that the oil and pan are at the perfect temperature to start popping your popcorn.

  3. Now, protecting your hands with kitchen mitts or a towel, you're going to shake your pot of popcorn every 10 to 20 seconds to ensure even cooking and avoid burning.

  4. Once you stop hearing the kernels popping, you can turn off the burner. Keep the lid on for another minute just to let any last minute kernels finish popping.

  5. Now you can start seasoning. Pour the rest of the coconut oil on your popcorn and mix to coat evenly. Add in your smoked paprika, garlic powder, and salt to taste so as not to over or under season. Mix the popcorn again before shaking it vigorously in the pot with the lid on. Transfer to a big bowl and enjoy!

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