Kevin Gillespie's Bacon Bash

"Top Chef" season 6 finalist Kevin Gillespie celebrates International Bacon Day with this delicious recipe:

• Spicy Bacon Popcorn


1/3 cup organic popping corn

3 T + 12g melted bacon fat

2 tsp espelette pepper

1 tsp fresh ground black pepper

2 tsp popcorn salt

1/4 cup finely grated parmesan

8g tapioca maltodextrin


Place three tablespoons of bacon fat in bottom of popcorn machine. Add popping corn and allow machine to run until the popping slows. Remove from the machine and toss in a mixing bowl with espelette, black pepper, salt, and parmesan. Mix remaining bacon fat with tapioca maltodextrin. Sprinkle bacon powder over popcorn and serve.