It took me awhile but I finally come up to the issue I was having regarding smoking some peanuts. When I was ready to give up I had one last idea, but thought it would not work because it was so simple compared to all the recipes I had tried so far (not sure if wild animals like peanuts but I sure threw out a great deal). The idea did not involve a smoker (although you could use it if you choose) but an oven or a grill, some Liquid Smoke and some smoky sea salt. Who would have thought just three ingredients could make a tasty snack. Because of the smoky taste, you really don’t sit and just chow down on cups and cups of the peanuts, you are satisfied with a few as you enjoy an adult beverage. Enjoy!!! For comments/questions email firstname.lastname@example.org
Blanched unsalted peanuts (do not use raw nuts)
Smoky Sea Salt
Line a baking sheet with heavy foil and spray with Pam Olive Oil.
Depending on how many nuts you want to make ( 2 cups or more) will depend on how much Liquid Smoke or Smoky Sea Salt you will need. I found that a few teaspoons was not enough of the Liquid Smoke and I don’t know if my bottle was considered old (less than 6 months) or if the brand was not a good one but I only could get what I had in the local grocery. The smoky sea salt really helped make the smoky flavor pop on the peanuts, so if you can get some, you should.
Spread the peanuts on the baking sheet (only use foil if you are putting on the grill). Warm oven to about 250 degrees. You are not baking the peanuts just warming them and drying the Liquid Smoke into the nuts. Sprinkle Liquid Smoke from the bottle over the nuts as generously as you want for the amount of smoke you want the nuts to have.
Place in oven and stir about every 7-9 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with smoky sea salt. Let the nuts cool and then place them in an air tight container until you are ready to serve them.
NOTE: If you put the peanuts on the grill, spray the heavy foil and spread the peanuts on it. Keep your grill on the low setting and follow the directions from above.
Smoking peanuts in the smoker didn’t give any more flavor to the nuts I tried than the Liquid Smoke.