Peanuts and cashews

Discussion in 'Fruit, Nuts & Vegetables' started by woojo, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. When I first got my SmokinTex 1400 I threw a bag of salted cashews in it for an hour  at 200 degrees with maple, and MAN was I impressed. As a test I then soaked some peanuts for 10 minutes in water then smoked those for an hour... SMOKE overload! ...I wasn't quite sure what to do with them, but the cashews were a hit.

    Sunday I went with some cashews:

    ^ Raw, salted cashews from Fleet Farm, straight from the bag, smoked at 200 degrees with cherry wood for about an hour

    I let them cool and decided to make an adaptation of Parisian cashews found here  - nothing really that I changed except went heavy on the chili powder:

    I used some of the other cashews for maple ginger cashews (all gone - gifts!).

    I also resurrected those super smoky peanuts into spicy smoked garlic peanuts:

    ^these were a little on the salty side but the extreme flavor compliments the extreme smoke!
  2. Looks very tasty!

    Happy smoken.

  3. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    do you have a recipe for the spicy garlic cashews?
  4. For those spicy garlic nuts I used peanuts, but cashews would work great too. I made this recipe up just to try it and it worked out well. I reduced the salt from what I put in so this might be perfect...

    1 pound of nuts (peanut or cashew) raw, (I used party peanuts)

    1 Tbsp. Crushed red pepper flakes

    2 tsp. table salt

    1 Tbsp. garlic powder / granulated garlic

    1 Tbsp. cumin powder

    1 Tbsp. butter

    Step 1: Soak the nuts in cold water for 10 minutes

    Step 2: Place the nuts on a perforated pizza pan or a wok grill topper as evenly as possible. Give the aparatus a few shakes to settle the nuts.

    Step 3: Load up your firebox with whatever wood you like (I used maple). Place the nuts into your smoker and set for 200 degrees.

    Step 4: Smoke the nuts for an hour, lightly stirring after 30 minutes.

    Step 5: Remove nuts and let them cool on a foiled baking sheet for 1 hour.

    Step 6: Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. While melting, combine the spices in a small bowl and mix with a fork.

    Step 7: Add the smoked nuts to the melted butter and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally and ensuring each nut is coated.

    Step 8: Slowly add the spice mixture to the nuts, stirring as you add the spices to get uniform coverage

    Step 9: Once the spices are mixed in, cook for an additional 3 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning

    Step 10: Place spiced nuts back on the foiled baking sheet you used in step 5 and spread evenly.

    Step 11: Let cool for 1 hour

    Step 12: Enjoy!
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2014
  5. you might try soaking the nuts in Worcestershire sauce instead of water for a nice flavor enhancer.
  6. I'll give that a shot - I just got another 2# of cashews to experiment on.
  7. Did these today:

    Cashews from Costco

    - soaked in a 2 part soy sauce, 3 part water mix for 15 minutes

    - Smoked for an hour and 15 minutes at 215 degrees with maple wood

    Turned out pretty tasty, but I am going to let these sit for a few days to see if it makes a difference.
  8. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    These look awesome, its on my to do list.

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