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Squirrel Nuts. Really.

Discussion in 'Fruit, Nuts & Vegetables' started by squirrel, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I just have to share the love with my SMF peeps. I have the best nuts of all the Squirrels in the magical kingdom (that I call my brain). I did a cold smoke using my handy dandy AMS using some fairy dust (which is apple for all of you non-magical dusters). Then I took 5 cups of those puppies and made THIS:

    5 cups pecans (smoked is even better)

    1 heaping tablespoon butter, melted

    2 cups sugar

    1.5 tsp. salt

    2 tsp. cinnamon

    1/2 cup water

    2 tsp. vanilla extract

    Toss the pecans with the melted butter and slow roast in the oven at 300F for 20 minutes stirring after 10 minutes.

    In a heavy duty large pot over medium heat combine remaining ingredients EXCEPT VANILLA

    Bring to a boil and let it reach soft ball [​IMG]  stage of 236F (took mine about 8 minutes to get there)

    Remove from heat and stir in vanilla (it will foam up when you do this)

    Quickly stir in roasted pecans and stir to coat all nuts

    Spread out on the same baking sheet you used to roast nuts in, let cool. Break apart and if you don't eat all of them right then and there, store in an airtight container. I don't know how long they will keep because the never last a whole day. You've seen my Squirrel picture. Fat girls need love too.

    These make wonderful gifts at the holidays. I usually make these, some homemade mozarella, a loaf of sourdough bread and a jar of my homemade jam and put in a basket for gifts at Christmas. My list is getting longer!

    The first picture is just after pouring on the pan, second picture is after they have cooled and broken apart.


  2. WOW! Them some fine lookin' nuts ya got there. I love pecans... my favorite nut.........besides you of course. Your posts are always a treat to read while I'm banging my head against my desk.
  3. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats on a great snack idea, I know that mix of spices does wonders on your nuts.Don't breath too close to that dust. Looks like you're getting ready for the holidaze! It's all good my friend.
  4. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thanks cheezeepeezie and richosolamadamadingdong! LOL! Life's too short not to act like a weirdo some of the time. Okay, most of the time. Okay, ALL of the time. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2010
  5. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member


     Now let me tempt you by making them go from good to decadant

     Take some of those nutz and dip them in candy chocolate.

    Chocolate covered squirrel nutz!!!!
  6. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That makes me drool eman. I might just do that. I think I have some Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate. Thanks for the fabulous idea! Oh, and I also have strawberries I wanted to dip in chocolate too. Dammit man. I'll be right back with an update!
  7. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Great looking nuts you got there girl.

    I didn't just say that, did I?

    Common sense tells me that a squirrel really should be the authority on nuts.

  8. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    O r if ya want to go one step farther into the darness.

     Melt some caramels and dip each nut in the caramel then after it sets into the chocolate.. (baby turtles)
  9. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Looks and Sounds Great Squirrel...
  10. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have a mental image...... it's forming.... it's forming...... nope! Can't picture it.


    Cheryl those look awesome! And if I ever did make them I am sure between my wife and two daughters I might get to lick the pan..... if I'm lucky!
  11. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I make turtles for the holidays too, I'll post those when I do them next. I only had enough chocolate to get my strawberries dipped, so I'll dip these next time I have chocolate. [​IMG]
  12. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Those look awesome!!!!!!!!!!
  13. Have you ever had this many men compliment your nuts? They are great looking in a strictly hetero-sexual BBQ way.[​IMG]
  14. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I can feel my backside just a growing with the sights and sounds of your nuts. I bet you just lay around and roll in  those nuts don't you squirrel. Now you throw in some chocolate and carmel you could be making some pure heavenly treats.
  15. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    we  do turtles , rum soaked chocolate covered cherries , truffles , mock peanut brittle, lemon cookies, egg nog cookies and either fruit cake cookies or fruit cakes. mounds , triple chocolate chip cookies. And we take the big pretzel sticks and roll them in chocolate and then in crushed nuts and m&ms for the kids.
  16. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You had me at "rum soaked....." after that I really don't remember anything else!
  17. shooterrick

    shooterrick Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yep I see I see.  Oh OH maybe i took a left turn clyde!

    Last edited: Oct 19, 2010
  18. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    LOL Rick!!! I have that one but wasn't gonna dare post it! LOLOL!!!!!!!
  19. caveman

    caveman Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Okay...I am not touching this thread with a two foot pair of serving tongs.  But EMAN is killing me & I have a toothache.  Darn!!  Um....great looking nuts Miss Squirrel?   
  20. thebarbequeen

    thebarbequeen Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks for showing off your nuts, Squirrel, but I have to make a pie this week...  I've tried a bunch of pecan pie recipes, but haven't found the one that surpasses all others; something makes me think that you might have an opinion on this.....  The occasion is the third generation of friends & families carrying on the tradition of "pie dinner" - Dessert pies ONLY, an all day pie picnic!  and that doesn't mean bring a pie for dessert, there is ONLY pie!