Spicy Smoked Mixed Nuts

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The weather here in the great Lakes region has been less than tolerable.

In a matter of a week we got about 18″ of snow and saw temps range from -60° (with windchill) to 41°. Yay Polar Vortex!

Also in that time grocery stores got picked clean, we shoveled snow 200 times and we all became stir crazy hermits. I went to the store yesterday, it was 15° (down-right balmy) and the shelves were still bare. It is nice to see that even during a time of what some deem to be a snow crisis, my neighbors are still eating salads.

Regardless, I was there for something to throw on the smoker. The weather broke and we were in the mood to pretend it was May.

Unless I wanted to smoke chicken wings (usually yes but wasn’t in the mood) or lunch meat I was out of luck. I walked away frustrated that I didn’t think to remove some beef or pork from the freezer. That was when I went down the bulk food isle and it hit me. OH WOW all those beautiful raw nuts would so benefit from some polar smoke.

So we became nutitarians for a day. It was worth it. The nice thing about seasoning and roasting nuts on your own is you get to pick the flavor. Less salt? Easy. More heat? No problem. Lots of coriander? Okay if you want sure… And it was so easy.

Spicy Smoked Mixed Nuts

Spicy Smoked Mixed Nuts

1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon granulated onion
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon parsley, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

4 cups mixed raw nuts (pecans, hazelnuts, cashews, peanuts, etc.)

Melt butter in a large sauce pan and add the rest of the spice mix ingredients and mix well. Add in the nuts and toss to coat.

Spread out on a pan and finish off in one of the following ways:

IF you have a smoker set it to 250° and smoke the nuts, stirring every 30 minutes for 2-3 hours. Checking during every stir break for taste.

IF you do not have a smoker you can easily roast in the oven. 1 hour at 250°. Stirring every 15 minutes then jump the temperature up to 350 for a final crisping up. 🙂

Let cool completely and eat till your hearts content.


Meet Jeff & Heather. The dysfunctional duo that make up the cooking team of He Cooks She Cooks. They have a weakness for feel good, down to earth, amazingly tasty eats that almost always include the addition of beer. From growing their own tomatoes to brewing their own beer, they like to cook from scratch as much as possible. When they aren't feeding their friends they are geeks of the computer kind. They share their home with Bacon the lovebird, the insane kitten duo of Voodoo & Hops, and a motley bunch of friends who won't stop drinking all their good beer. They know what's important. Love. Food. Beer.
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