Smoked Almonds

Discussion in 'Fruit, Nuts & Vegetables' started by tjohnson, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I decided to make some smoked almonds, and used Ecto1's recipe, with a little twist of my own.

    SMOKED ALMONDS

    1/2 Cup Honey

    1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

    3 TBS Melted Butter

    1 TBS Sea Salt

    1 TBS Ground Cinnamon

    8 Cups Unsalted Almonds

    Place butter in a large bowl, and microwave for 30 seconds, to melt

    Add honey, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon to the bowl, and mix well

    Add unsalted almonds and mix thoroughly, to completely cover the almonds

    Optional:

    1 tsp Cayenne Pepper

    1 TBS Garlic Powder

    Walnuts, Pecans or Other Nuts

    I use Frog Mats, but you can use aluminum foil or cookie sheets, sprayed with PAM

    Spread nuts evenly over Frog Mats or lightly coated pans

    Smoke at 100°(Low Temp) for 2+ hours

    Raise temp to 250° for 45 min. - 1 hr to set the coating on the nuts

    While they are still warm and coating a gooey, sprinkle some additional Sea Salt on the nuts.

    Wait until they cool and break them apart

    Smoking at low temps for 2 hours added a great smoke flavor to the almonds, and a light sprinkle of sea salt really enhanced the flavor. 

    I brought some over the the neighbors, and we all enjoyed them with a couple beers.

    I left them out overnight, in the pan, and as gonna vac pack them this morning. 

    The whole pan of nuts was gooey again WHAT!!!!

    The Honey must have absorbed moisture from the air last night.

    Rather than throw the whole batch out, I put about 1/4 cup of sugar in a bowl, and threw in a handful of my now gooey nuts.

    OMG!!!

    I added more sugar, and the rest of the gooey nuts, and was able to turn my failure into some of the best Smoked Almonds We've Ever Had!!!

    Next time I'll use 1/4 cup Honey and 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar, and definitely coat in sugar

    Enjoy!

    Todd

    Ingredients

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    All Mixed Together

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    Smokin' on My Frog Mats

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    Finished Smokin' and Lightly Coated With Sea Salt

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    Finished Almonds Coated with Sugar

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    The Money Shot!

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  2. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Those look great Todd. 
     
  3. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Guest

    Looks awesome Todd.
     
  4. Wow those are a great looking snack right there!!! They look like a awesome snack for work around christmas!!![​IMG]
     
  5. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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  6. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    Yah! Nice money shot.
     
  7. kadoka

    kadoka Smoke Blower

    Very nice looking Todd! Were your almonds raw or roasted before you started?
     
  8. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Almonds were raw to start.

    Smoked at low temp for 2+ hours

    Next time I would roast longer at 250°
     
  9. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    MMMMMMM

    I like me some dem.

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  10. Those look fantastic! I may have to try these. Did the final flavor end up being more sweet or more salty? And what wood did you use for smoke?
     
  11. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    great job!
     
  12. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks like they turned out great...Salt, Sugar and Honey are all Hygroscopic and are very efficient at sucking water out of the Air. So to avoid the Gooey mess they need to be kept in air tight containers or keep adding more Sugar!...Yum...JJ
     
  13. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Those look great Todd !
     
  14. WOW!!!! I'm gonna have to give that a try!!!!

    Tim
     
  15. flareside92

    flareside92 Smoke Blower

    Wow! those look great! I especially like the money shot!

    Might have to try those with pecans.
     
  16. jpenny2525

    jpenny2525 Fire Starter

    Great Pics! I for sure will give this a try with your successful failures as my goal for success! [​IMG]
     
  17. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I learned my lesson, not to keep them out overnight, especially when it's humid out.

    But....If not for my stupid mistake, I would not have had the cool results.

    Next time, I may add 25% salt to my sugar mix, to give it a "Salty/Sweet" flavor

    I used my new "Pitmaster's Blend" Pellets for smoke.  For whatever reason Almonds do not take smoke very well, so a stronger wood like Hickory would work better.

    The Honey added a nice flavor, but I think added to the sticky outside.  I wonder if corn syrup would work as well to coat the nuts, for the spices to stick to?? 

    I've also read that "Egg Whites" work well to hold the spices to the nuts.  Some recipes call for the spices to be mixed into the egg whites, and other recipes call for the nuts to be coated with the egg whites, and then rolled into the spices and sugar.

    TJ
     
  18. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    man it looks wicked
     
  19. austinl

    austinl Smoking Fanatic

    Smoked almonds are great!  I have another cooking method I'd like to share.  I cook them at regular BBQ temps, stir them around on the tray every 15-20 mins, and pull them after about 100 mins.  After cooking I put them right in the fridge and the next day they are crisp and delicious.  Oak wood seems to give the best taste in my opinion but I have not tried anything other than pecan, oak, and a mixture of mesquite/pecan.  Great looking almonds you have there.
     
  20. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Excellent post, Todd. This is now on my list of things to make!
     

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