Smoking candied almonds can add a nice twist to this classic treat. Here's a simple recipe for smoked candied almonds that could also be done in the oven. Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments!
2 cups whole almonds
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon Fire For Effect Sweet Heat Rub
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray or oil for coating the smoker racks
Prepare the Smoker:
Preheat your smoker to 225°F (107°C). Use a fruitwood like apple or cherry for a mild, sweet smoke flavor.
Prepare the Almonds:
Spread the almonds evenly on a baking sheet or a disposable aluminum pan.
Place the almonds in the smoker and smoke for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally for even smoke exposure.
Prepare the Candied Coating:
While the almonds are smoking, combine granulated sugar, brown sugar, water, vanilla extract, cinnamon, Sweet Heat Rub, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, and the mixture comes to a simmer. Let it simmer for 5 minutes to create a syrupy consistency.
Combine Almonds and Coating:
After the almonds have smoked, transfer them to a large mixing bowl. Pour the hot syrup over the almonds and toss to coat them thoroughly.
Return to the Smoker:
Place the coated almonds back into the smoker and continue smoking for an additional 30-45 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes to prevent sticking and ensure an even coating.
Once the almonds have a shiny, glazed appearance and the coating has set, remove them from the smoker and spread them out on a parchment-lined tray. Allow them to cool completely.
Break Apart and Serve:
Break apart any clusters of almonds and serve them in a bowl or as a standalone snack.
Once the almonds have cooled completely, store them in an airtight container at room temperature.
Enjoy your delicious smoked candied almonds! They make for a great snack, party treat, or even a unique homemade gift.