Smoked Pumpkin Seeds

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Original poster
Aug 15, 2016
Oil City, PA
Carved a few pumpkins with the kids and decided to take a stab at throwing the leftover seeds in the smoker. I have to admit they turned out pretty good. After cleaning I boiled them for 10 minutes in salt water. Dried lightly and added some salt, pepper, cayenne, and a little garlic powder. Smoked for 2 hrs at 250 over apple wood. Very nice crunch and the smoke isn't over powering. Just wanted to share!!!
This is almost exactly my plan for when the kids carve their pumpkins this weekend!  I can taste them now.
From most of the research I did, sitting overnight in brine was also an option but most folks did the boil thing and had great results. Everyone will be a fan!!
I had some friends give me some pumpkin seeds a couple years ago. I brined them then tossed with some basic bbq rub and smoked with hickory. They came out really good. Have to see if I can get some more this year.
Bringing back the dead. Lol. Just had a crazy thought to smoke my pumpkin seeds this year and thought I'd search here. Anyone have any other ideas/ seasoning?
Ancho powder, some partially smashed garlic cloves (which are also tasty to eat), onion slice or two, salt. Might need a small amount of veg oil to get the seasonings to stick to the seeds. Perhaps some jalapeno or other pepper slices. Bell peppers might work as a go with, don't know if they would give the seeds enough flavor as such.
Also good pan roasted in a cast iron pan when you want some faster. Smoked paprika and/or chipotle powder help with a smoky hint. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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