BBQ Almonds – A Smoky Savory Snack
Check out this delicious BBQ Almonds recipe! Sweet, Smoky, Spiced, and perfectly roasted, these simple treats are great for snacks, parties, and more.
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Smoky BBQ Almonds and Bad Snacking Habits
I have a huge weakness for salty/savory snacks. Potato chips, trail mixes, nuts, etc. all do me in whenever they are around. I get munching on them and then can’t seem to stop; it starts with one or two bites and before you know it I’ve eaten the entire package. We’ve instituted a “don’t have these in the house” policy to help me avoid binging (sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t).
To satisfy my cravings without ruining our healthy eating goals, I set out to make some of these tasty munchables at home. Making them myself gives me the ability to control what goes into them and how they are prepared. I definitely don’t have to feel as bad snacking on oven baked or dehydrated veggie chips and trail mixes chocked full of solid ingredients (like this Easy Sweet and Salty Trail Mix!).
If you are a fan of spiced nuts, you probably have tried, or at least seen, the various flavors from Blue Diamond. I really liked their Smokehouse Almonds, and decided it was time to make some Smoky BBQ Almonds for myself.
For a starting flavor base I turned to the rib rub that my father-in-law and I found and adapted for our BBQ/Smoking needs. This rub tended to not quite be the perfect balance I was looking for with my Almonds, but I pulled in several spices that were used in the rub as a base for this recipe. Liquid Smoke helped to add in a smokier flavor. I know you can make your own liquid smoke (maybe we should do this) but I settled for buying a bottle from the store. I then added Maple Syrup for some sweetness to compliment the smokiness and spiciness.
I couldn’t be happier with how these BBQ almonds turned out, and I know you will love them, too! I don’t feel bad at all about snacking on these tasty treats, and even find myself wanting to ration them out and save them, since they are so good. I know, I know, the logic of saving really tasty snacks back may not make a lot of sense, but hey, its my mind!
- -1 1/2 tsp chili powder
- -1 1/2 tsp paprika
- -¾ tsp pepper
- -¾ tsp cayenne
- -½ tsp garlic powder
- -¾ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp liquid smoke
- 1 Cup whole almonds
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper (this makes cleanup much easier!).
- Mix chili powder, paprika, pepper, cayenne, garlic powder, salt, maple syrup, and liquid smoke together in a Ziploc bag or container. Add almonds, seal bag/container, and mix until coated.
- Spread out almonds on lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 325F for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until almonds come out more crunchy than chewy.
- Transfer almonds to a plate or container to cool.
Until next time, make sure you’re enjoying the journey!