Chili Lime & Sazon Smoked Pumpkin Seeds

Prep Time: 20 Min | Cook Time: 2 Hrs


  • 1
    Fresh Pumpkin Seeds from one Pumpkin
  • 2
    Char-Griller Grills Chili Lime Seasoning: to taste
  • 3
    Sazon: to taste
  • 4
    Olive Oil: Light Drizzle
  • 5
    Salt: 2 oz

This Chili Lime & Sazon Smoked Pumpkin Seeds recipe from Char-Griller® Ambassador, James Llorens of Certified Creole BBQ, is a perfect fall treat. Combining the sweet, nutty flavor of pumpkins seeds with savory and spicy seasonings, wrapped in the perfect amount of smoky flavor. 


Prepping Directions

  1. Cut open the top of the pumpkin and remove all the fibrous strands (pumpkin brains) inside and set aside.
  2. Begin to separate the seeds from the fibrous strands and discard all the fibrous strands and set seeds aside.
  3. Rinse pumpkin seeds in running water in the sink and continue to discard any remaining fibrous strands.
  4. In a bowl add 12 oz. water with 2 tsp salt and mix thoroughly. Add the pumpkin seeds to the salt water mixture and place in the refrigerator for 2-24 hours.
  5. Remove pumpkin seeds from the refrigerator and strain water after soaking for 2-24 hours.
  6. Add a drip of olive oil to the seeds and stir.
  7. Add chili lime & Sazon seasonings to taste to the seeds and stir thoroughly.
  8. Place the pumpkin seeds on a large aluminum tray with a sheet of parchment/peach paper and spread them around them evenly.

Smoking directions

  1. Preheat your Char-Griller Grills XD to 250°
  2. Tip: Ignite charcoal first, then add your favorite smoking wood.
  3. Then place the large tray with the seeds to the smoker.
  4. Maintain your fire at 250°
  5. Rotate the tray periodically.
  6.  Remove seeds from the smoker after 2 hours of smoking or until golden brown.
  7. Add a few sprinkles of chili lime and enjoy!


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