How to Cook Popcorn on a Grill

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Whether you are looking for a light afternoon snack or suffering from a case of the late night munchies, grilling popcorn puts a new spin on an old favorite. When it comes to popcorn, your grill can do just what a microwave and stove top can. Popcorn kernels are water-filled seeds, and when the grilling temperatures are right, the water turns to steam, rupturing the seed coat until it pops. If you can fire up a grill, you can make those kernels pop.

Step 1

Add enough vegetable oil to coat the bottom of a disposable aluminum half-size baking pan. The average half pan measures approximately 10 x 12 x 3.

Step 2

Pour a cupful of popcorn kernels into the baking pan.

Step 3

Cover the baking pan loosely with aluminum foil.

Step 4

Fire up your grill, and wait for the thermometer to read between 450 and 500 degrees Fahrenheit -- high heat.

Step 5

Place the baking pan on the grill rack.

Step 6

Give the baking pan a shake every 20 to 30 seconds with a pair of grilling tongs until you start to hear the kernels pop.

Step 7

Grill the popcorn until the popping stops -- about 8 to 10 minutes -- and then remove the baking pan from the grill with a pair of cooking mitts. Season the popcorn to taste.