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Smoked Nuts Recipe: Simple and Delicious Snack

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Smoked Nuts

If you love snacks with a smoky twist, then you’re in for a treat today. Smoked nuts are a delicious, crunchy snack that’s perfect for parties or family gatherings. They are easy to make and full of flavor, offering a satisfying mix of savory and, when desired, a hint of sweetness.

You’ll only need a few ingredients and a smoker to get started. Mix your favorite nuts with some butter and spices, then let the smoker do the work. Soon, you’ll have a snack that’s sure to impress anyone who tries it.

Ready to make your own batch of smoked nuts? Follow along, and let’s get started with this simple yet tasty recipe!

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

To make delicious smoked nuts, you’ll need a few simple ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need and some possible substitutes:

  1. Nuts:
    • Peanuts
    • Almonds
    • Cashews
    • Pecans

Feel free to mix and match or use your favorite nuts.

  1. Butter (or Oil):

    • Melted butter adds a rich flavor.
    • Substitute: Olive oil or coconut oil for a different taste.
  2. Seasonings:

    • Salt: Enhances the flavors.
    • Brown Sugar: Adds sweetness.
    • Substitute: White sugar or honey.
    • Garlic Powder: For a subtle garlicky kick.
    • Cayenne Pepper: Adds heat.
    • Optional: Paprika, smoked paprika, or chili powder for more flavor.
  3. Optional Add-ins:

    • Herbs: Like rosemary or thyme.
    • Mustard Powder: For an extra zing.
    • Liquid Smoke: If you want to add smokiness without smoking.

Mixing Ingredients:

  • Combine your chosen nuts with melted butter or oil.
  • Add seasonings and toss well to coat evenly.


  1. Preheat Your Smoker:
    Preheat your smoker to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Follow the instructions provided by your smoker’s manufacturer.

  2. Prep the Nuts:
    Soak the nuts in water for 10 minutes. Remove and lightly pat dry. This helps the smoke stick to the nuts.

  3. Mix Your Seasoning:
    Melt 1/2 stick of butter in a large bowl. Add your desired spices and mix well. Ensure the seasonings are fully combined.

  4. Coat the Nuts:
    Add the nuts to the bowl with the butter and seasoning. Toss them to ensure they are evenly coated.

  5. Arrange for Smoking:
    Spread the coated nuts evenly in a disposable roasting pan or on a frog mat.

  6. Smoking Process:
    Place the pan or mat in the preheated smoker. Smoke the nuts for about 45 minutes to an hour. Stir every 15 minutes to ensure even smoking.

  7. Finishing Up:
    Once smoked, remove the nuts from the smoker. Let them cool before serving or storing.

Enjoy your delicious smoked nuts!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Tips for Smoking Nuts

  1. Preheat the Smoker: Always preheat your smoker. This helps the nuts cook evenly and absorb the smoky flavor better.

  2. Stir Often: Stir the nuts every 15-30 minutes. This ensures even smoking and prevents burning.

  3. Use Fresh Nuts: Fresh, raw nuts take on smoke flavor best. Avoid pre-roasted nuts.

  4. Add Flavorings: Experiment with different seasonings like paprika, garlic powder, or cinnamon for variety.

Tricks for Better Results

  • Parchment Paper: Place parchment paper on your baking dish to prevent sticking.
  • Oil or Butter: Toss nuts with a little oil or butter so seasonings stick well.
  • Egg Whites: Use whisked egg whites to make the seasoning stick more evenly for a crunchy coating.

Storing Smoked Nuts

Containers: Store nuts in airtight containers to keep them fresh.

Cool, Dry Place: Keep them in a cool, dry place.

Freezing: For long-term storage, freeze the nuts. They can last up to six months in the freezer.

StoringShelf Life
Airtight Jar2-3 weeks
Refrigerator1-2 months
FreezerUp to 6 months

With these tips and tricks, your smoked nuts will always turn out delicious and stay fresh longer. Enjoy your tasty creations!

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Recipe Variations

Sweet and Spicy:
Mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, and a bit of cayenne pepper. Toss your nuts in this mixture before smoking. This adds both a sweet and spicy kick.

Savory Herb:
Combine rosemary, thyme, salt, and garlic powder. Coat your nuts in the herb mixture before smoking. This gives a rich, savory flavor.

Candied Nuts:
Whisk egg whites until foamy, then mix with brown sugar and vanilla extract. Coat the nuts and smoke them at a lower temperature for a sweet, crunchy treat.

BBQ Style:
Soak your nuts in water for a few minutes, then toss with a BBQ rub. Smoke for the perfect smoky BBQ flavor.

Serving Suggestions

Party Snack:
Arrange smoked nuts in bowls at your next gathering. They are a great, flavorful option that guests will love.

Salad Topper:
Sprinkle smoked nuts over salads for an extra crunch and a hint of smokiness.

Soup Garnish:
Add a handful of chopped smoked nuts to soups for added texture and flavor.

Trail Mix:
Combine smoked nuts with dried fruits and chocolate chips for a tasty trail mix.

Package smoked nuts in jars or gift bags tied with a ribbon. They make a thoughtful homemade gift.

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.