Liquid Smoke is a condiment that comes in handy when you long for a taste of the grill. Derived from the sawdust of woods such as hickory and mesquite, Liquid Smoke gives food color and natural flavor. Make your own smoked almonds with Liquid Smoke for your family's snacking pleasure or present them in a decorative container as a housewarming gift.
Place 1 1/2 cups raw almonds into an airtight container. Mix 1 tsp. Liquid Smoke and 2 tsp. water in a small bowl or cup. To give the nuts a spicier kick, add cayenne pepper or hot sauce. Pour over the almonds.
Stir the almonds, making sure the nuts are evenly coated. Alternately, you can seal the container with the lid and shake. Let stand covered overnight.
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the almonds in a glass baking dish and distribute them evenly.
Bake smoked almonds until just warm. Add the butter or olive oil, using a spatula to distribute it evenly.
Bake for between 40 and 45 minutes. Use the spatula to turn the smoked almonds frequently so they roast evenly.
Remove from heat. Add salt or salt substitute to taste. Let cool and store in a clean, airtight container until snack time rolls around.