Keeping spices stuck to nuts

Discussion in 'Fruit, Nuts & Vegetables' started by vivid, Jul 7, 2016.

  1. vivid

    vivid Fire Starter


    Most recipes I've seen on here involve tossing cashews, almonds, etc with olive oil prior to mixing in the spices.  However after a couple days the spices come right off and pool up at the bottom of the bag/tin.

    Are there better sticking agents than olive oil?  Does butter work better?  egg whites?
  2. I have not smoked nuts before but done them in the oven with dried herbs alot. Olive oil and butter have worked about the same for me. Ive used egg whites to creat a sweeter coating and they were great but it creats a crust coating so take that into consideration
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2016
  3. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Not a problem for me using butter.
    Smoked Nuts

    This is a dedicated to Gary Simmons, aka. Scarbelly
    RIP Gary, you will never be forgotten

    • First I started of by getting my nuts sweaty.
    • I am starting off with cashews.

    • After the nuts are tossed around and start sweating, I add the rub, this is Chipotle Powder and a few pinches of coarse salt, sea salt is preferred.


    • Next up is the Peanuts, same method as above.

    • Side by side ready to be cold smoked, these would be ok hot smoked as well but I preferred the cold smoke. These will be smoked using maple in the AMNPS

    • This is after they have been cold smoked several hours.


    • The second batch of nuts were done the same way as above but using my Pork Rub.
    • 1/3 cup coarse salt (kosher or sea)
    • 1-1/2 cup (packed) Brown Sugar
    • 1-1/4 cup paprika
    • 1 Tbsp freshly coarse ground black pepper
    • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
    • ¼ cup dried onion flakes
    • ¼ cup onion powder
    • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
    • 2 tsp chili powder
    • 2 tsp coriander
    • 1 Tbsp rosemary


    • The nuts are vacuum sealed with some air in the bag.

    Samples were given to my neighbor for testing and he preferred the Sweet (Rub)
    I want them to sit a few weeks before I test them out.

    Finally got to test these out. Awesome!
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  4. Nice looking nuts SQWIB. How much butter do use per lb of nuts
  5. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    SQWIBS, Nice idea  as my coatings have also always fallen off after a bit.
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  7. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Just a few pats, you just need enough to get your Nuts Sweaty!
  8. vivid

    vivid Fire Starter

    Thanks for sharing that.  I've done butter with some almonds before and it seemed to work well so I'll try it with the cashews next.  I haven't tried heating them all up in a wok before so maybe that is the difference maker.
  9. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    When I first saw the title to this thread, I thought someone had a major health problem.
  10. May not be for everyone but when I do almonds, sunflower seeds etc. i have sprayed them with Pam before adding the seasoning. Seasoning usually sticks on.
  11. sigmo

    sigmo Smoking Fanatic

    I was thinking of some way to spray the oil or whatever onto pecan halves because their convoluted shape is hard to coat.  Maybe just using Pam makes a lot of sense!

    I've got to try the butter in a wok or pan, though.  That looks like it must work well.

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