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Elevate Your Halloween Snack Game: Smoked Bacon Pumpkin Seeds

Halloween isn’t just about the costumes and eerie tales; it’s also about savoring the delightful fall treats. This year, we decided to take a turn from the ordinary and give our pumpkin seeds an exciting twist. Imagine the earthy flavor of pumpkin seeds perfectly infused with smoky goodness, and the irresistible allure of bacon. Sound mouth-watering? Read on to discover how to create this spooky season’s most tempting snack: Smoked Bacon Pumpkin Seeds.

Why Smoked Bacon Pumpkin Seeds?

The charm of pumpkin seeds lies in their simplicity. But who says you can’t elevate the basics? Enter the dynamic duo of the smoker and bacon. Smoking adds depth and a tantalizing aroma, while bacon infuses richness and that crunchy satisfaction. And as the acclaimed chef Michael Symon once said, “Bacon is like a good pair of Levi’s—it never goes out of style.”

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • Freshly washed and dried pumpkin seeds
  • Bacon – at least 6 juicy strips, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp of sumptuous brown sugar
  • 1 tsp BBQ rub (Our top pick: Zydeco Bistro Cajun Seasoning)
  • A pinch of salt to taste

Creating the Magic: Step-by-Step

  1. Fire It Up: Kickstart your smoker, using lump coal combined with the aromatic hickory, setting it to a cozy 375F.
  2. Mix and Match: In a bowl, gently toss your pristine pumpkin seeds with the chopped bacon. As the two blend, sprinkle in the brown sugar and BBQ rub to add layers of flavor.
  3. Prep the Stage: Line your baking sheet with foil, ensuring an easy clean-up later.
  4. Spread the Love: Pour out your tantalizing mix onto the sheet, spreading the seeds in a single, even layer. This ensures each seed gets its fair share of the smoky embrace.
  5. Smoking Hot: With anticipation building, place your tray in the smoker and let it work its magic for a good 15-20 minutes.
  6. Cool and Crunch: Once smoked to perfection, let them cool for a bit. Then, using a scoop, place them on a paper towel or plate to dry and crisp up.

The culmination of smokiness, the sweet-savory balance from the brown sugar and BBQ rub, and the undeniable goodness of bacon makes this snack a must-try this Halloween. So, while the witches brew their potions and the ghosts hover around, enjoy your very own cauldron of Smoked Bacon Pumpkin Seeds.

Remember, there’s always room for innovation in traditions. And when it tastes this good, it’s bound to become a tradition itself! Happy snacking and Happy Halloween! 🎃🥓🔥

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