Dewey’s Spiced Nuts

Dec 13th
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This recipe for Spiced Nuts came from Pete’s childhood friend Steve Heins. We went to their house for Thanksgiving and he made these for us. We honestly could not stop eating them, they are that good. They have the perfect amount of sweet and salty and spicy flavors that will keep you going back for more. I have a story about Steve and Pete my husband, from when Pete and I were dating years ago. I think I must of been about 17 and Pete was 21. I think that might have been illegal back then. Lol! I was making a delicious gourmet meal for Pete, Steve, and Steve’s date. I had been cooking all day. The dinner I had was going to be the talk of the town in Bloomington Illinois, or so I thought. The dinner was going to be at 5:00. Five came and went, then 6:00, then 7:00 and nobody showed up. I was so mad, I threw it all away and called my best friend and we went to the Bloomington Country Club and had a Surf and Turf dinner. Guess who I charged the bill to? Pete’s Dad got the bill in the mail and asked Pete what is this Surf and Turf for two? He said I screwed up Dad, I was suppose to go to Stacey’s for dinner and went to the bars instead with Steve Heins. Morgan, Pete’s Dad said, well I guess you learned your lesson, now you have to pay for these dinners! Pete has never stood me up for dinner since!

 

Steve was kind enough to share this recipe with us. You have to like spicy flavors or you could cut the spice in half. The wow factor doesn’t hit you until after the first few bites and then you will probably want a beer to wash it down. I personally would not change a thing about this recipe. So let me know what you think. They also would make a great gift for neighbors or Hostess gifts for the Holidays. Steve cooks them first on the stove in a wok, and then in his smoker. We smoked ours on the Big Green Egg. You don’t have to smoke them at all if you don’t have a grill you could just cook them in your oven and add a 1/2 tsp of liquid smoke. I can’t wait for you to make these for all your family and friends, they will just love them, and they won’t last for long before you will have to make another batch!

 

Dewey’s Spiced Nuts:

2 Tbs warmed bacon fat

40 oz mixed nuts

1 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup Tapatio Hot Sauce

1/4 tsp Chipotle powder

Heat the bacon fat in the wok or large frying pan. Add the nuts, stir to coat, then add the remaining ingredients until the Brown sugar melts and nuts are well coated.

Then add the following ingredients to the nuts.

1 tsp dry mustard

1 tsp chili powder

1-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1/4 cup honey

Stir all together and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes, stirring regularly. Do not walk away. This will burn in a heartbeat. Remove to a grill pan that has holes in it for the smoke to penetrate. We used a vegetable grill pan and put tin foil on the top of it and made a bunch of small holes through the tin foil. Then sprayed the foil with Pam. If you have a smoker, smoke the nuts for 4 hours. We smoked them on our Big Green Egg with mesquite wood chips at approx 175 degrees for 3 hours and 30 minutes. If you don’t have a smoker or grill add the 1/2 tsp liquid smoke while cooking in the wok. Then put the nuts on a baking sheet lined with a Silpat mat or parchment paper and bake at 175 for 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. If you cook them in your smoker or on the grill do not stir. When nuts are done remove from pan and cool on parchment paper for 30 minutes, then break apart and put in a festive container! Enjoy your Nuts!

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