Popcorn Madness, Round Two: Carolina Dirt vs Everything Bagel

I picked up this bottle of Carolina Dirt BBQ rub in a specialty food store while visiting Saratoga Springs, NY this fall. It’s insane. I want to try all the other rubs and sauces and visit the Chicago restaurant, but that’s for another day. Just trust me when I say it’s fantastic on popcorn. Fantastic. 

The Carolina Dirt popcorn had a tough matchup with Everything Bagel, which I’ve made a few times before, inspired by my local favorite, and number one post- long-run breakfast. It was a really tough call, but Carolina Dirt won out in the end. I think we ate about 6 cups of popcorn before deciding. Tough job, but someone had to do it.

You can find more instructions on dairy-free popcorn here, and of course, if butter works for you, by all means, add it. 

Carolina Dirt Popcorn

Three cups air-popped popcorn

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons Carolina Dirt BBQ rub

Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl. Try to share.

Everything Bagel Popcorn

Three cups air-popped popcorn 

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon onion flakes

1 tablespoon garlic flakes

1 tsp poppy seeds

1 tsp sesame seeds

Kosher salt

Instructions: Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl. Taste and add more garlic or onion if you want a more highly flavored popcorn.

Winner: Carolina Dirt (by a nose)


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