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Candied pecans on a sheet pan

Smoked Candied Pecans Recipe

Slowly smoked pecans that have been tossed in a sweet cinnamon sugar rub. These are great as a holiday snack or put into a mason jar as an edible gift.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine holiday
Keyword candied pecans, candied pecans recipe, how to candy pecans, smoked candied pecans
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 1325kcal
Cost $25.00


  • 2 pounds raw pecan halves
  • 2 large egg whites (discard or repurpose egg yolk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar Rub

  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


Sugar Rub

  • In a medium sized bowl combine the sugar rub ingredients and stir to incorporate.

How To Candy Pecans

  • Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees using a fruit wood like apple or cherry.
  • In a kitchen mixer add the whites of two eggs and vanilla extract. Put the mixer on high until the whites are whipped with stiff peaks, about 2 minutes.
  • Toss pecans in with whipped egg whites and stir with a spoon. This will help the sugar rub stick to the nuts and coat them thoroughly. Toss the egg white coated nuts with the sugar mix, stir again with a spoon until coated, and then lay them out on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Place the baking sheet on the smoker, and smoke for 60 minutes, tossing once halfway though.
  • If giving as a gift, distribute into mason jars and wrap a little ribbon on them with a personalized note. Or serve warm.


These can be stored for up to four weeks in a mason jar. They make a great topping for salads or a holiday pie.
If making for a gift, be sure to measure the jar size with the amount of pecans needed. If increasing the recipe quantity, try to plan 2 pounds of pecans per full size sheet tray. Any more and it will crowd the tray. So it's better to do separate batches.


Calories: 1325kcal | Carbohydrates: 91g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 109g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 687mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 75g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 4mg