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

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
1 hr 15 mins
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • 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.

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

  • 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

243 calories; protein 8.5g 17% DV; carbohydrates 8.4g 3% DV; fat 15.8g 24% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 782mg 31% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/13/2013
I was very hesitant to try these as #1 I don't like whiskey #2 I didn't really want to waste a half cup of whiskey and #3 I didn't want to ruin my first batch of pumpkin seeds. The ingredients sounded intriguing so I tried them and was truly amazed how delicious they are. I didn't have dark brown sugar and didn't want to try to adlib since the recipe only called for 1 Tablespoon so I just added maybe 2 teaspoons more light brown sugar but otherwise followed the recipe. I think using dark brown sugar would make them taste better/different but overall I am very pleased with them especially since I can't really taste the whiskey. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2015
I just finished making this and went off of some of the reviews adding a pinch of garlic salt I also decided to go ahead and cook the seeds with the bacon but removed it after all seeds had turned the grey color. Overall these seeds are alright not bad next time I would add more whiskey and maybe even let the seeds sit in it for a good 10 minutes before cooking. Read More
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35 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 27
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
11/05/2013
Ok everyone, I hope your ready for a few variations on this bad boy of a pumpkin seed recipe. So on the whiskey I used jd like it suggested. On the bacon drippings I used maple bacon drippings and omg it was a nice twist. For the brown sugar I did use light brown sugar just like one of the other reviews but I uped it even more and went with 1 & 1/2 tablespoons. And finally on the salt I went 1 tablespoon sea salt and 1 tablespoon garlic salt and bing bang boom there it is MMMMMMMM GOOD! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/13/2013
I was very hesitant to try these as #1 I don't like whiskey #2 I didn't really want to waste a half cup of whiskey and #3 I didn't want to ruin my first batch of pumpkin seeds. The ingredients sounded intriguing so I tried them and was truly amazed how delicious they are. I didn't have dark brown sugar and didn't want to try to adlib since the recipe only called for 1 Tablespoon so I just added maybe 2 teaspoons more light brown sugar but otherwise followed the recipe. I think using dark brown sugar would make them taste better/different but overall I am very pleased with them especially since I can't really taste the whiskey. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2013
I LOVE roasted pumpkin seeds and this year I decided to try this recipe because it sounded interesting. This was so good I might buy another pumpkin just to make these seeds again. I added the homemade bacon bits and they get a delicious caramelized glaze on them. Yum! I am obsessed! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2013
I made it with Spiced Rum instead of whiskey and it was awesome!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2013
Wow!!! I used Dewars Honey Whiskey because it was all I had and also because I thought it may give a good sweetness. I can't stop eating them and they aren't even done in the oven yet. I may have simmered mine too hard because I had nothing to drain... the whiskey had already reduced to a glaze when they were ready to go in the oven but I would do it the same way again. This glaze is AMAZING. I did also use cayenne as other reviewers have noted. I am so glad we bought HUGE pumpkins and I have tupperwares full of fresh seeds because I will be making many batches of these in the coming weeks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2013
Completely awesome! Made these for a work party. Addictivly good! I added some smoked chipolte sauce to the boil for a little extra kick! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2017
I didn't change anything in the recipe just doubled it and they're DELISH! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2016
Oh my gosh! This was perfect exactly how it was written! I made a batch and it was demolished as soon as they came out of the oven. The ONLY thing I did was cook the glaze a little longer to make it more like a syrup and holy poo it was amazing this is goin down in my book as epic. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2013
BEST PUMPKIN SEEDS EVER! They were so good I had to make more! I did follow the "cook's notes" and added cayenne pepper and also drizzled the remaining sauce on the seeds! I am defiantly going to use this recipe again! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2015
I just finished making this and went off of some of the reviews adding a pinch of garlic salt I also decided to go ahead and cook the seeds with the bacon but removed it after all seeds had turned the grey color. Overall these seeds are alright not bad next time I would add more whiskey and maybe even let the seeds sit in it for a good 10 minutes before cooking. Read More
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