Smoked Beer & Barbecued Nuts...

Dear BBQ Friend:

Tailgating season is here and today I have two great tailgating recipes for you... smoked beer and barbecued nuts.bbq nuts

For the smoked beer, you'll need some kind of smoke generator. These are usually used for cold smoking applications like smoked cheese. The one I'm using in the video is the Smoke Pistol. There's another handheld one made by Polyscience. Both of these units can be purchased in my BBQ Store in the Smokers and Grills section at www.bbq-book.biz

To smoke beer, you simply insert the smoke tube down in your beer for anywhere between 5 and 15 minutes. 5 minutes will give you just a little smoke and 15 minutes will give you a smoke flavor a little on the strong side. 10 minutes might be just right for most people.

To smoke nuts, you basically just have to follow a couple general guidelines...

1) The liquid you use is about 2 tbsp per cup or 16 oz of nuts. You are basically trying to wet the nuts just enough to help your seasonings stick and no more. You do not want soggy nuts to start with. Egg whites are a good liquid to use to make your seasonings stick and the whites will not impart any flavor. If you apply sugars or honey to your smoked nuts, then spray the foil pan with a cooking spray so they will not stick.

2) Smoking: at 300 deg, smoke them for about 1-2 hours. At 250 deg, 2-3 hours. And down around 200-225, 3-4 hours. You are basically trying to just dry the liquid you applied out. They will also dry out a little bit during the cooling down process. Just put them in a cool dry place for one hour after smoking. Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag.

Be creative with your liquids and seasonings... use hot sauce, wing sauce, BBQ sauce, worcestershire sauce, honey, agave, butter, olive oil, peanut oil, vinegar, balsamic vinegar, etc. Salt, pepper, BBQ rub, minced garlic, bacon, bacon grease, etc can be used as seasonings.

Watch this video on how to smoke beer and barbecue nuts...

Here's a video of the Sam's Club Regional BBQ contest in Hendersonville, TN. The Chatham Artillery BBQ team finished 9th overall and moves on to the finals in Bentonville, AR...

Sincerely,

Bill Anderson