Almonds are the everyday snack food of champions, and these Barbecue Seasoned Roasted Almonds are the most amazing combination of salty, spicy, and just a bit of sweet. This is my dear husband’s afternoon pick-me-up treat. I make these up in great big batches and then portion then in little sandwich bags so we can grab a perfect portion any time.
Why not Just Buy Seasoned Almonds?
I started roasting almonds as a bit of a money-saving challenge. My husband came home from work one day, and he said “I have gone to the gas station every day this week and bought a tin of almonds. It’s getting kind of expensive. Can you make something like the little tins?” My reaction was something along the lines of “Are you crazy! Those tins are like 2 bucks an ounce!!!! I can make almonds that are 10 times better than those little cans!” Exclamations points were very necessary. Making this recipe is a no-brainer and great way to take some strain off the snack budget.
A few points about roasted almonds. This is a very quick process, and you need to keep an eye on your oven. Almonds can go from perfectly toasted to a little bit too toasted (burnt) quickly. I also heat my almonds a bit before putting my spices and olive on. This makes sure the almonds are ready to take up the oil and flavor, and that they are already partially toasted so that you don’t burn your dry spices trying to get your almonds toasted just right.
Roasting and flavoring almonds is a very straight forward process. First, make sure that you buy raw, unflavored almonds. You can get these in the bulk section of the grocery store and at your local wholesale, big box store.
Preheat your oven to 375°. Spread your raw almonds out over a cookie sheet. Roast your raw almonds for 8 minutes.
Remove the almonds from the oven. Then carefully transfer them to a large mixing bowl. Drizzle olive oil around the edge of the bowl and add your barbecue seasoning. Gently toss the almonds until the seasoning is well distributed and all of the almonds have a nice sheen from the olive oil.
Finally, spread the barbecue seasoned almonds out on the same sheet pan and finish roasting. It should take about ten minutes more.
For other flavors, try my amazing all purpose Poultry Seasoning.
“If words had flavors, hers would be bitter almonds and coffee grounds.” –Jodi Picoult