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Hot Candied Nuts

post #1 of 16
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EDIT (3/7/2008 @ 9:44 PM CST):
Edited the original post after I tried it again; this time keeping track of my meausurements

GWF's Hot Candied Nuts:
Over medium-low heat, render the fat from about 6-8 slices of bacon. (I use a large Wok)
Pitch the bacon (or at least remove it from the pan)
Add 34 oz of mixed nuts (off brand party mix from Wally World)
Stir well to coat everything
Stir in 1 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup of Tabasco sauce (I like chipotle)
Stir well to coat
When sugar is melted, stir in the following:
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp red paper flake
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1/4 cup honey

Simmer over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes.

Remove mixture from the Wok and add to something that has holes big enough for smoke to get through, but keep the nuts in (see pictures below)
Smoke with just enough heat to keep the candy sticky, for 4 hours. Apple chips seem to work best with the sweet flavor. Cherry seem give a bit too much wang for my pallet.

Here's some q-view:

They look sticky, but are really more like a brittle. Since they were a little warm I layed them out on some plastic wrap to cool flat and separate. In any event, they took on smoke very nicely. The smoke compliments the spice in a big bad way.
post #2 of 16
nice looking snack, where is the cheese ?
post #3 of 16
Nice job Geek, I like it when anyone pushes the envelope with different flavors, sparks the taste buds too!
post #4 of 16
Looks Good, Never would have thought to smoke em ... LOL
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'm throwing this together again this weekend. I'll do a better job of documentation this time, and post the recipe (assuming I get it right!).
post #6 of 16
Neat! I have never tried anything other than almonds. Those look worthy tho...thanks for the tip Josh!
post #7 of 16


Geek...nice Nuts!!!!
post #8 of 16
Geek with Fire
If it taste as good as it looks I do beleive you have got yourself a smoking hot new recipe there !!!
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
Updated the orginal post with the refined recipe.
post #10 of 16
Give me a handful! I've already got a beerPDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #11 of 16
Geek, those look pretty tasty!! PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif Points for a new idea.
post #12 of 16
I gonna have both smokers going this WE-and doing these nuts josh & boiled peanuts on the gas grill. thanks for the recipi.
post #13 of 16
I'm going to make up a batch also today. Looks good!
post #14 of 16
I definatley need to invest in a smoker with an offset box!! I gave the nuts a try. I thought to myself: I sure hope that the sugar coating (with bacon grease) does not drip through the holes - that wouldn't be too cool.

Well, it did.... the coating dripped through a bit and hit the smolthering wood, flamed up and toasted the bottom pan of nuts(top pan ok). Nice flames though (shooting off the bottom of the pan)- good thing for all the snow!! Was able to slide out the pan and throw it in the snow. Snow on grease fire? Guess that wasn't too smart either.

I don't think a Brinkman Vertical Smoker is a good tool for these nuts.
**Maybe with a drip pan - but then the sugar/grease would still get extremely hot and maybe flare up
**Maybe no bacon drippings - that's a stupid thought!!
**Smoker never hit 200 - still too hot?

Damn, and I was looking forward to them nuts. They are pretty good without the smoke too , but probably outstanding if you don't do what I did. Did I miss something Geek?
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
Yea, I cold smoked them. The smoke chamber never went above 60 degrees, which actually wasn't quite as hot as I'd like. You want it to be around 90-100 so that the mixture is soft enough to stir but still cool enough to keep from melting.

I just stick an electric hot plate in the smoker with a pan of apple chips on top. Really easy and no babysitting (as most of you have figured out, that's important to me!)

Sorry it didn't work out for you. Try 'em again with less heat and I think you will be pleased. I've been picking at my supply all weekend. MM MM good!
post #16 of 16
Thanks Geek - I haven't gave up yet!! Still learning and I will try 'em again. Nothing ventured - nothing gained
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