Drunken Pumpkin Seeds


These are NOT your grandma's pumpkin seeds! Smokey, sweet, and wonderfully delicious.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
6 servings


  • 1 ½ cups fresh pumpkin seeds

  • ½ cup whiskey (such as Jack Daniel's®)

  • 2 tablespoons bacon drippings

  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).

  2. Stir pumpkin seeds, whiskey, bacon drippings, brown sugar, and 2 teaspoons salt together in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook until the seeds begin to turn gray in the middle, 15 to 20 minutes; drain.

  3. Spread the drained seeds onto a baking sheet in a single layer; season with salt.

  4. Roast the pumpkin seeds in preheated oven until crisp and golden brown, 60 to 90 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Homemade bacon bits can be added as well as a light sprinkle of cayenne pepper if you like a bit of heat.

If you hate the idea of getting rid of 1/2 cup of whiskey as much as I do, drain the liquid mixture into a small sauce pan and reduce to about half. Then when the seeds have roasted about 1/4 of the way, drizzle the sauce over them.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the whiskey sauce. The actual amount of the sauce consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

243 Calories
16g Fat
8g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 243
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 782mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 282mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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