How can I smoke Almonds?

Discussion in 'Fruit, Nuts & Vegetables' started by cruiser rod, Jan 16, 2016.

  1. cruiser rod

    cruiser rod Smoke Blower

    I was looking for some ways to just simply smoke almonds but kept coming up with exotic recipes. I just want to have almonds that have a nice smoke flavor lightly salted. I thought maybe I buy a big bag of almonds from one of those big box stores. Then I would make a salt and water solution and either bath the almonds or spray them with a water bottle sprayer. Then smoke them. Will this work?
     
  2. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Toss them in a little EVOO, sprinkle with some popcorn salt, smoke for several hours, then spread them on a cookie sheet and bake at 250 for 1 hour.

    The baking gives them the crunch, the EVOO helps hold the salt while smoking and toasting.
     
  3. cruiser rod

    cruiser rod Smoke Blower

    Do you recommend any flavor wood chips? 
     
  4. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have used hickory, apple, and pecan in the past.
     
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  5. I have soaked mine in water for a couple hours then salted and hot smoked for about 2 hours.
     
  6. cruiser rod

    cruiser rod Smoke Blower

    At what temp and with what flavor chips?
     
  7. I do them around 200. With pecan or hickory usually.
     
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  8. jeff1

    jeff1 Newbie

    Hey Cruiser.

    So I threw an Almond recipe together for my family over the holidays and for my Crossfit Gym members (Paleo) and now they all are buying them from me for $15 /pound!  I'm no expert, but this is what I did:

    Family batch [not as healthy]: (Per pound)

    1/2 stick of butter, melted

    1/4 cup canola oil

    ~3 TBS Garlic powder

    ~3 TBS Onion powder

    ~4 TBS sea salt

    Toss Raw almonds in the above mixture to coat.  Lay flat in tray sprinkle with more sea salt and cook at 250 degrees over Hickory wood stirring and adding sea salt every 20-30 minutes.  Done around 2-2.5 hours.  Don't let them burn, keep stirring.

    Gym batch[Paleo] (per pound)

    1/4 cup of Ghee (Clarified butter), melted

    1/4 cup Olive or Coconut oil

    ~3 TBS Garlic powder

    ~3 TBS Onion powder

    ~4 TBS sea salt

    Toss Raw almonds in the above mixture to coat.  Lay flat in tray sprinkle with more sea salt and cook at 250 degrees over Hickory wood stirring and adding sea salt every 20-30 minutes.  Done around 1.5 - 2 hours.  Don't let them burn, keep stirring.  (Seems the Clarified butter burns easier, so watch them closely)  

    I attached a picture of beginning and end
     
  9. cruiser rod

    cruiser rod Smoke Blower

    Thanks, they look really good. I've seen Cocoa flavored almonds in the stores. Does anyone have a recipe for that?
     
  10. jeff1

    jeff1 Newbie

    No, I don't but that sounds fantastic.  I want to try Wasabi Soy next.  No clue how to get the wasabi down to a powder or able to soak.  I'm thinking just dissolving it in the soy sauce and letting them soak.  We'll see.
     
  11. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You can buy powdered wasabi. Word of caution a little bit goes a long ways.
     
  12. jeff1

    jeff1 Newbie

    Oh nice.  I had no clue.  Thank you!
     
  13. smokinpapist

    smokinpapist Smoke Blower

    The Paleo ones sound amazing. I'm going to have to try this. 
     
  14. sigmo

    sigmo Smoking Fanatic

    Those look and sound most excellent!  I'll probably try something leaning towards the Paleo recipe, but I'll have to put some chipotle in there, too, because I need a little burn.  [​IMG]

    As for the clarified butter:  I was always taught that clarified butter has a higher smoke-point than regular butter, and that's one of the main reasons for using it.  It won't burn as easily, which is especially helpful when sauteing.  I just checked with Wikipedia to make sure, and they concur, saying that clarified butter has a smoke point of 485 °F versus regular butter's smoke point of 325-375.

    I wonder if the particular combination you're using on the non-Paleo version (with the canola oil in the mix) ends up with a higher smoke point than the Ghee/Olive Oil version.

    Regardless, your advice is likely prudent.  Nothing spoils a good recipe like burning something, and burnt butter is nasty!  I've thrown out whole batches of stuff that I wrecked because I was too cheap/lazy to dump out butter that I didn't think I'd burned "badly" in the pan before adding whatever it was I was going to cook.  I learned my lesson on that.  If in doubt, throw it out.  You can always melt more butter and start over at that point having not ruined anything else.
    That's a big TEN FOUR, good buddy!  That stuff'll clear up your sinuses in a big hurry! 
     
  15. I just made these tonight and they are amazing. Thanks. I made the paleo version since I'm on Whole30.
     
  16. ab canuck

    ab canuck Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Great looking almonds, I am going to try this as well as I am kind of a nut person....lol Thx for your sharing.
     
  17. jeff1

    jeff1 Newbie

    NICE.  I found the Paleo ones, while great, still burned easily due to the clarified butter.  If you try the normal recipe, you'd love it.  I'm still making about 20 pounds a year of them.   Thanks for the feedback!
     
  18. jeff1

    jeff1 Newbie

    Sweet.  They are great!  Remember, they aren't "crunchy" until after sitting overnight in the fridge.  So don't "taste test" and think they are too soft.  You will burn them
     
  19. I like them still warm but they are better the next day. I skipped the ghee and just did 1/4 cup olive oil. This last batch I soaked the almonds in water for 10 minutes. Didn't really notice a difference and they never got close to burning.
     
  20. lamar

    lamar Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Here is another method you can try. I use it on almonds and mixed nuts.

    Cold smoke the nuts a couple of hours.
    Place in ziplock bag and add a small amount of maple syrup....Just enough to coat the nuts
    Spread on cookie sheet
    Sprinkle with salt, chili powder, and any other spice you like. (I usually add allspice too)
    Bake in oven at 250 until roasted to your desired crispness is achieved. Usually a couple of hours.

    Enjoy
     

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