BBQ Almonds – A Smoky Savory Snack

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 for Better 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 or this Garlic Herb Nut Mix!).

BBQ almonds with BBQ spice seasonings maple syrup, and liquid smoke

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.

BBQ almonds, low carb spiced nut snack, spilling out of a mason jar

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!

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Roasted and seasoned BBQ almonds in small flower shaped bowl

BBQ Almonds

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  • Author: Our Sweetly Spiced Life
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 1 1x


Check out this delicious BBQ Almonds recipe! Sweet, Smoky, Spiced, and perfectly roasted, these simple treats are great for snacks, parties, and more.


  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • ¾ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¾ tsp cayenne
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 Cup whole almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper (this makes cleanup much easier!).
  3. 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.
  4. Spread out almonds on lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 325F for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until almonds come out toasted and more crunchy than chewy.
  6. Transfer almonds to a plate or container to cool.
  7. Store leftover almonds in an airtight container.

small square bowl of BBQ almonds roasted and seasoned nuts

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Until next time, make sure you’re enjoying the journey!


6 thoughts on “BBQ Almonds – A Smoky Savory Snack”

  • This recipe is super delicious! The only thing is that I halved the seasoning the 2nd time I made the recipe because I thought there was too much of it. Now it’s perfect.

    • I’m so glad you liked the recipe! They are definitely heavily seasoned (that’s how I like them) but if you prefer them with lighter seasoning, that’s great. Thanks for sharing!

  • My husband and son-in-law eat these up in a day! So make double the batch so the rest of the family gets some. Super yummy and spicy good. I was out of chili powder one day and used up some bar b que spice rub I had, worked great.

    • Kim,
      I’m so glad you and your family like these so much! They are definitely a favorite of mine, too. They are really easy to make a double batch or even triple batch, and I often do that so I can eat on them for several days.

      I haven’t tried them with a barbecue rub personally, but I bet that would be very good as well. I will have to check that out! Thanks for sharing.

    • Forgot to mention it in the recipe, but they should crisp up some as they cool out of the oven. I’ll add that to the recipe!

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