Sweet Heat Smoked Almonds

Smoked almonds with a hint of sweet and a bit of heat made easy with the BBQue Can.

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Sweet Heat Smoked Almonds

For half recipe (makes 1 lbs.) simply use half quantities.

  • 2 lbs raw almonds
  • ⅓ cup yellow mustard
  • ¼ cup favorite dry BBQ rub
  • ¼ cup BBQ sauce (the sweeter the sauce, the sweeter the almonds)
  • 1 to 2 tbsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 to 2 tsp cayenne pepper or chipotle seasoning
  • 1 to 2 tbsp Tabasco or Sriracha hot sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp celery flakes

Items Needed

  • Universal BBQue Can
  • Smoker (Barrel House Cooker [recommended], pellet grill, offset smoker, or kamado of choice. A grill [gas or charcoal] can be used, but won’t impart as much smokiness to the almonds.)
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes (marinade 1-24 hours)
  • Cook Time: 1½-2 hours
  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Makes 2 lbs of smoked almonds


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mix in almonds until completely coated and marinade for up to 24 hours (one hour works just fine).
Stirring the Almonds

Stirring the almonds into the flavor mixture.

Almonds Hanging

Hanging the BBQue Can in the Barrel House Cooker.

  1. Fill BBQue Can, leaving at least one inch of space on top.
  2. Place filled BBQue Can on grill or in smoker for 1½ to 2 hours at 250-300°F. Rotate BBQue Can every 20-30 minutes. You can also shake the can while holding it with insulated pit gloves.
  1. When done, pour the almonds out onto a cookie sheet to cool. As they cool, they will harden and separate more easily.
  2. Enjoy super flavorful smoked almonds with a nice mix of sweet heat!
Finished Almonds

Finished Sweet Heat Smoked Almonds pouring out of the BBQue Can.