Nuts and seeds are simple and healthy snacks that you can take on the go or eat while watching your favorite movie or sports team on TV. They’re even great to add to and they’re super simple to smoke in your electric smoker.
Choose a variety of different options to mix things up and see what you like best. Cashews, peanuts, almonds, pecans, chestnuts, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds all make great nuts and seeds to smoke.
Brine and Season First
- Stir ½ gallon of water, ½ cup of kosher salt.
- Place your nuts or seeds in individual quart-sized Ziplock bags and fill with the brine.
- Let sit for about two to four hours on a flat surface.
*Tip* When smoking pumpkin seeds, boil them in salty water first so that the salt can get inside the shell; then let them soak in the brine.
If you want to add a little extra seasoning to your nuts and seeds, drain the brine and place the nuts and seeds in a bowl. Liberally spray with cooking oil or mix with about ½ tablespoon of melted butter to make the seasoning stick. Then use your favorite seasonings to coat the nuts and seeds.
Play with your seasonings. Try your favorite meat rub, cinnamon and sugar, or sugar with a pinch of cayenne and black pepper. If you want a fine seasoning, blend your ingredients through a coffee grinder.
Drain the brine, and place the seeds flat in a foil pan. Or, wrap your smoker shelves with foil, and lay the seeds and nuts across the shelves.
Add enough wood chips for about 2 hours of smoke. If you have a Char-Broil Digital Electric Smoker, set it to 230 degrees Fahrenheit; other electric smoker models will vary on if/how you set the cooker temperature, but the ideal temperature will still be 230 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you’re smoking seeds, they should be done in about 2 hours. Nuts need longer to roast, but you only need about 2 hours of smoke to infuse the flavor. Leave nuts in the smoker for an additional 2 to 3 hours, depending on the type of nuts.
- Pecans, almonds and pumpkin seeds: 2 hours smoke and 2 hours of cook, totaling 4 hours at 230 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Peanuts: 2 hours smoke and 3 hours of cooking, totaling 5 hours at 230 degrees Fahrenheit. Peanuts will remain soft until they’ve cooled, so don’t judge their doneness on crunchiness.
- Nuts and seeds
- 1-cup white sugar
- 1-teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1-teaspoon salt
- 1 egg white
- 1-tablespoon water
- Smoke your nuts and seeds. Remove them from the smoker and let them cool.
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix sugar, cinnamon, and salt together in a bowl.
- Whisk egg white and water together in a separate bowl until frothy. Toss the nuts and seeds in the egg white mixture.
- Mix in the sugar mixture until the nuts and seeds are evenly coated.
- Spread the nuts and seeds onto a baking sheet and place in the oven.
- Stir them every 15 minutes for about an hour or until they are evenly browned.
- Remove from the oven and let cool.