When it comes to the Super Bowl, there are only two things that are just as important as the game -the commercials and the FOOD. You have no control over the commercials, but what you do have control over, though, is the delicious food that is consumed during this infamous game. If you’re in charge of this particular task, remember that finger foods are best; however, they do not always mean light, leaving you hungry by the end of the game. Wings, meatballs, and chicken fingers are all snacks that fill you up. Depending on where you are, though, the game could start in the middle of the afternoon, so think about that and prepare ahead of time. One of the easiest snacks that usually goes over well with everyone is nuts. While you have the smoker going for those ribs or other items for your party, try this recipe for some smoked pecans. It is a different way to toast pecans, but even more delicious.
Snacking Smoked Pecans
- 1 lb of halved pecans
- 1 ½ tsp Kosher salt
- 2 tbs. butter
Now this recipe is so easy, it’s almost embarrassing that it has to be explained. However, the flavor you get from the pecans tastes like there should be some complex recipe and techniques to go along with them. And not that there is anything wrong with roasting some pecans in the oven every once in a while, but the smoky flavor provides a depth that’s missed out from oven cooking.
First, fire up your smoker. Steady heat should reach between 225 – 250 degrees. Arrange nuts on a grill safe pan. If you have a grill pan with holes, just cover with foil and then arrange nuts in a single layer across the pan. Next, sprinkle with about a ½ tablespoon of salt. Cut up 2 tbs of butter into very small cubes and arrange evenly over pecans.
Smoke the pecans for about 1hour or until golden brown stirring halfway through the smoking process to cover nuts completely with the melted butter and salt. If you like your pecans extra toasty, leave in smoker for another hour, or taste every 15 minutes for desired flavor.
Please note that the crunchy factor does not happen until pecans have had a chance to completely cool.
Serve these at your next party, and your guests will surely go nuts! (no pun intended)