How to Smoke Almonds Recipe

Smoked Almonds

Smoked almonds are one of those addictive snacks that are dangerous to put on the table. Over the years, I have smoked all sorts of nuts and they never last long. They are great on their own, or added to salads, candy brittle or other dishes.

These taste so good and get gobbled up very quickly. Normally, I make smoked almonds for special events, gatherings and holidays. They are especially great to have alongside other snack foods during a football game, New Years Eve or any time people come to visit.

Smoking almonds add another layer to the toasted flavour of the nuts. There are many different types of wood you can use in the smoker. My preference for nuts is to use hickory wood. The smoke flavour is earthy and works very well with nuts. I have also used maple, apple and pecan. While those have all been good, I do find myself going back to the hickory wood more frequently.

How to Smoke Almonds Recipe

This recipe coats the raw almonds in melted butter and different spices. It is a fairly basic recipe, but one that can be adjusted to suit whatever flavour you want to try and achieve. The melted butter is necessary to provide some moisture for the spices to adhere to.

Here are a few different variations.

  • maple syrup and cinnamon
  • Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce
  • curry powder
  • garlic powder and oregano

I have smoked some pecans coated with melted butter, maple syrup and cinnamon and they are amazing topped on a fresh salad. The sweet and smoky flavour is just delicious!

How to Smoke Almonds Recipe

If you want to use a different nut, you can definitely substitute the almonds with pecans, peanuts or even a bunch of mixed nuts! Pecans are an excellent nut to smoke. I find myself smoking them almost as much as almonds. Try smoking pecans with pecan wood chips!

While I smoke the almonds for 2 hours at 250F, you might find that you prefer smoking a little shorter or longer based on your preference of smokiness. At 2 hours the almonds have a nice level of smoke that is not overpowered.

These almonds were smoked in my electric smoker and since most electric smokers have multiple racks, there are times when I have one or two racks free. This in an ideal time to throw on some almonds or other nuts to be smoked.

How to Smoke Almonds Recipe
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Smoked Almonds Recipe - How to Smoke Almonds

How to smoke almonds could not be easier with this recipe! Raw almonds with melted butter and spices. Recipe also works for smoked peanuts or smoked pecans.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Almonds, bbq, smoked
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 1 pound
Author Steve Cylka


  • 1 pound almonds, raw
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper


  • Set up smoker for 250F using wood chips of choice. I usually use hickory when smoking nuts.
  • Mix together the melted butter, salt, garlic powder and cayenne pepper in a medium sized bowl. Stir in the almonds ensuring they are evenly coated.
  • Line smoker rack with aluminum foil and spread almonds evenly across the foil.
  • Smoke for about 2 hours.
  • Let the almonds cool completely and come to room temperature before serving.

About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. Hey BPC

    I bought some smoked almonds at a market last weekend and couldn’t stop eating them. So now I’m going to smoke some myself. I was wondering if you could kindly provide me with the measurements for doing the syrup and cinnamon variety. Also, do I need to stir or mix the nuts at all during the smoke? Thanks!

    • Follow the recipe here but omit the garlic powder and cayenne pepper. Add 1/4 cup maple syrup and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. If you like a more prominent cinnamon flavour, you could increase to 1 tsp. I don’t typical stir or mix during the smoke, but you definitely could do that.

  2. The basic recipe with garlic, cayenne and salt is a great recipe – making my second batch today before the winter weather returns.
    Thanks BPC for sharing.

  3. These almonds sound amazing I think when I make them I will also try a second batch using a hidden valley ranch seasoning pack

    • Thanks for the recipe. This was my first attempt at smoking almonds.
      I’m following the DrGundry diet which promted me to first blanch the almonds and
      removed the skins. It doesn’t take long once you get the hang of it. This also adds extra
      moisture to the almonds. The temp on my Traeger grill seemed to vary quite a bit and so
      I took the almonds off at about 1 1/2 hour. They were great.

  4. Trying something different, huckleberry honey and cinnamon. And a batch of slap your momma,(hot spice)

  5. I bought organic roasted almonds and wanted to add smoked flavor. Would i just follow recipe directions or should I cold smoke them, since already roasted?

  6. I will make these over the weekend and let you know how they turnbout

  7. Just came across this page from google. Bookmarked and emailed to hubby, my smoked food fiend! Merry Christmas!

  8. Just tried those . Very tasty. I will keep making these along with almonds using just salt and sugar. Instead of melted butter I use peanut oil . I use a welded wire basket I made in my smoker which exposes nuts to smoke better.

  9. Ruiss EINFA L T

    Good to find your site will use it a lot

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