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BBQ Flavored Popcorn


The finger-licking spices from a barbeque flavored potato chip is a special treat usually enjoyed during large picnics or other social gatherings.  Although I typically do not purchase these chips as a regular snack for our family, I not-so-secretly love to eat them when I’m at a party.  I find the seasonings to be the perfect balance of salty-sweet and spice.  The flavoring on those chips is a guilty pleasure I indulge in from time to time.

Using those potato chips as inspiration, I’ve put together a barbeque spice blend to season air-popped popcorn with.  Instead of using butter to help the seasonings adhere to the kernels, I prefer to use grape seed oil for its light, clean, neutral taste.  It is also a great source of polyunsaturated fat.

If you’re looking for a tasty snack to make at home, this recipe would make a great project for you and your children to make together in the kitchen.  Feel free to add a little more or less of any of the spices listed to make your own unique blend of barbeque flavoring.

Lastly,  this recipe is a great one to serve family and friends with wheat, egg, dairy, soy, and nut allergies. Enjoy!



BBQ Flavored Popcorn

A simple but tasty recipe for BBQ Popcorn. Like your favorite flavored potato chips, this zesty snack makes a great quick and easy appetizer or treat the whole family will love.



  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard powder
  • 3 tablespoons grape seed oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels


  1. In a small bowl, mix the garlic salt, smoked paprika, sugar, onion powder, chili powder, table salt, and mustard until evenly combined.
  2. Using an air popper, pop the corn kernels into a large bowl.
  3. Drizzle the oil over the popcorn, shaking the bowl gently to evenly distribute the oil over all the pieces.
  4. Shake some of the spices over the popcorn and gently shake the bowl again. Repeat this a couple more times until the seasonings are all used up and evenly distributed.
  5. Serve immediately.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 5 Minutes

Total Time: 10 Minutes

Yield: 4-6

Alice-Currah-169x215Alice Currah is the publisher of popular food blog, Savory Sweet Life. Her approachable everyday recipes are accompanied by beautiful step by step photos and have been featured online at Martha Stewart, Real Simple, The Pioneer Woman, Epicurious, Bon Appetit, Saveur, iVillage and many more. In March 2010, featured Alice as one of “Eight of the Very Best Food Bloggers.” You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

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