I can’t imagine going to a baseball game or a circus without a bag of peanuts in hand! And for Halloween, these spicy peanuts – better known among the Wizards and Witches I know as “Eyes of Newt” and the amazing things in which they add them…but that’s for another Halloween!
These are great anytime and work pretty well for MNF with a brew or two (no pun intended) to wash them down. You can make them mildly hot or hot or hotter – depending on your image of ghosts and goblins and things that go bump in the night.
For me, just mildly hot, please! I’m driving and want to watch out for those Trick or Treaters on streets, gathering goodies. If you’re out there, watch for them, too.
Eyes of Newt – aka BBQ Peanuts
- 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
- 1/4 cup BBQ sauce = homemade or your favorite brand
- 3/4 tsp granulated garlic (or garlic salt)
- 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper, depending on how spicy you want this
- 16 oz. skinless whole peanuts (or dry roasted), lightly salted
Preheat oven to 325. Lightly grease or spray or line a 13 x 9 baking pan with parchment and set aside.
Whisk melted butter, BBQ sauce, garlic, and ground red pepper in a bowl until well blended and smooth. Add peanuts and with a wooden spoon or tongs, toss until all peanuts are lightly coated and there is no puddle of sauce on the bottom of the bowl.
Spread peanuts on prepared pan in a single layer. Bake for 20 – 22 until peanuts look glazed, stirring occasionally so peanuts don’t stick together. Be sure they stay in a single layer after you stir them around.
Cool completely in the pan placed on a wire rack. When completely cool, store in a tightly covered container, up to 2 weeks.