I decided to make some smoked almonds, and used Ecto1's recipe, with a little twist of my own.
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
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.
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
All Mixed Together
Smokin' on My Frog Mats
Finished Smokin' and Lightly Coated With Sea Salt
Finished Almonds Coated with Sugar
The Money Shot!