Sweet almonds & spicy cashews

Discussion in 'Fruit, Nuts & Vegetables' started by wutang, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I smoked some almonds and cashews this weekend. I prepared the almonds the same way I usually do. After roasting in the smoker a while, I lightly coated with honey and dusted with brown sugar. For the cashews I coated in Frank's Red Hot sauce and dusted with cayenne.

    Just after coating/seasoning


    Then put back in the smoker so the sugars could melt and hot sauce could dry a little.


    The spicy cashews were great!! About as hot as the average buffalo wings. A bowl of those and a cold beer was perfect for watching a little playoff football.
     
  2. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hey Wu - as someone that smokes a fair amount of nuts those look great
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  3. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    [​IMG]wow good job that would go great in a chex mix[​IMG]
     
  4. ismoke

    ismoke Meat Mopper

    This looks awesome...thinking of doing the cashews for the Super Bowl - how long did you smoke them for? What type of wood?
     
  5. gene111

    gene111 Smoking Fanatic

    Looks good! What temp did u smoke them at?
     
  6. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I smoked them for about 45 minutes dry to roast them, then added the sauce/seasonings and smoked for about another 20 minutes. I used apple & pecan wood if I remember right (that is about all I use). The only change I would make if I do the cashew again would be slightly less hot sauce. Not because of heat, but because they were still a little "wet" when done.

    Temps were around 230-250.
     
  7. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Those sure look good...[​IMG]
     
  8. ismoke

    ismoke Meat Mopper

    I'm having trouble finding raw cashews, but found some roasted, unsalted ones...think those would work? Sorry, just trying to figure everything out and get prepared for Sunday!
     
  9. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I think those would work great. In fact I think the ones I used were already roasted.
     
  10. 3montes

    3montes Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    How is that? I have never done nuts of any type but I love alomonds and cashews. What ratios did you use for quanity of nuts to honey or hot sauce used?
     
  11. wutang

    wutang Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I have done the almonds several times and love them. Basically I put them on a tray in the smoker for about 45 minutes to "toast" them. Then I bring them in, put them in a bowl and drizzle a little honey on and stir until coated. Then I add about a handfull of brown sugar and stir again. I use just enough honey & sugar to LIGHTLY coat, too much will burn. Then I put them back on the tray and in the smoker for about another 20 minutes so the sugars can melt. I don't have specific measurements cause I have always just eyeballed it. My advice is use a little less than you think you should and stir then see if they are coated.

    This was my first try at the spicy cashews. I follow the same procedure and cook times but instead of honey/brown sugar I used hot sauce/cayenne pepper. Next time I would use a little less hot sauce, the cashews were still a little "wet" when done.
     
  12. jak757

    jak757 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Wow...awesome looking nuts. That just got added to my list. Thanks for the post!!

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  13. violator

    violator Smoke Blower

    Another GREAT idea. Man, this place is very informative. I can't wait to try these out now too.
    If they are HALF as tasty as they look they will be AWESOME.
    Thank you.
     

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