I live in the almond capital of the world, home of Blue Diamond Almonds. We can get all their flavored almonds for basically the same price that I pay for raw bulk almonds at the grocery store. Still, I had to try and smoke my own.
I had some BBQ Flavored Seasoning (Ol' Western Barbeque Spice) I wasn't using. Decided to use it on raw almonds and smoke them after I took some candied Wild Coho and Wild Sockeye salmon fillets off the smoker. As long as the smoker was fired up, might as well use it. I had the smoker loaded with KBB and mesquite chunks.
I soaked the almonds in water for exactly 10 minutes. Drained them in a colander. Put 3 Tbs of the BBQ seasoning, 2 Tbs of Worcestershire Sauce, and 1 tsp habanero sauce in a large bowl. Stirred it up and added 1 pound of almonds. Stirred that until the almonds were well coated, poured them on an aluminum grate, spread them out, then threw them on the smoker at 250F for 45 minutes.
Definitely flavorful! Some are nice and crispy, some a little soft. Probably could have smoked them for another 15 minutes. Not bad for a first attempt though. I can see how smoking your own almonds and nuts can be addictive. I'm already thinking about all the possibilities. After a smoke it takes no time at all to throw some nuts on the hot n' ready smoker. Prep is minimal.
Edited by Noboundaries - 8/31/14 at 10:06pm