Craig Jones of Lee’s Summit estimates that he cooks food over a live fire about 300 days a year, so it was probably just a matter of time until he hit on the idea of putting nuts in his smoker. The resulting snack was so popular with co-workers and friends that Jones and his wife, Gay, decided to rent commercial kitchen space and package their invention.
Their product, Savory Addictions Gourmet Nuts, are all-natural and free of preservatives or high-fructose corn syrup. The strong smoky flavor comes from burning wood, not a bottle. Herbs and spices add sweet and spicy notes.
The nuts aren’t cheap — starting at about $15 for an 8-ounce bag, depending where you buy them — but neither are the nuts themselves. Jones uses a blend of cashews, almonds, pecans, Brazil nuts and macadamias from artisanal producers.
The nuts are sold online (savoryaddictions.com and Facebook), and at Cellar Rat Wine Merchants, Dodge City Beef, Olive Tree, Chocolaterie Stam and Pryde’s of Old Westport.