Since my Packers were playing in the Super Bowl this year, we decided to do a Super Bowl party and I've been waiting all year for a good opportunity to try the Spicy Cashews and Sweet Almonds Wutang posted last year. I started with regular cashews and almonds.
Then smoked them at 225 for about 40 minutes. Then tossed the Cashews in Franks hot sauce and dusted with ceyenne and tossed the almonds in honey and dusted with brown sugar. Then put them back into the smoker for about an hour to dry down.
Heres what they looked like individually.
The cashews turned out great not too hot at first but it just kept on building with a great smoky taste. Maybe would put a little more ceyenne on next time, but definately doing again.
The almonds were kind of dissappointing. While they were sweet, the honey kept them all sticking together and were hard to serve like this. Also they needed to have some salt added back. I think next time maybe a better dusting of sugar maybe with some salt added or a salt water soak before starting would be better. They weren't bad, just not what they could be.
All in all a good first attempt at smoking nuts. Also note, I did these the day before but had a few leftovers these, especially the cashews, seem to get better and better over a couple of day period. Thanks Wutang for the idea.