Smoked Chex™ Mix

There are some things were self-control just doesn’t happen for me. This smoked Chex™ mix is one of them. Put a big bowl of it in front of me and it’ll be gone soon. Specially the bagel chips. There’s something about the bagel chips in Chex™ mix, specially after they’ve been smoked. The smoke flavor is not overwhelming, but it’s there, and it’s different in a wonderful way. The smoke compliments traditional Chex ™ mix flavors perfectly.
smoked-chex-mixThe cereal in this smoked Chex™ definitely soaks up the smoke, so do not go crazy with the wood in your smoker. Use a very small chunk, smaller than would fit in your palm, and use only a lighter wood. No mesquite or hickory here, go for the lighter fruit woods.

For another great snack idea, try my smoked olives.

Smoked Chex™ Mix

For a slightly spicier version, add a few teaspoons of your favorite hot sauce to the melted butter and Worcestershire sauce mixture. Don't go crazy with it or the mix will take longer to get crispy.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 cups

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Corn Chex cereal
  • 3 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex cereal
  • 1 cup small pretzels or pretzel pieces
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 cup small bagel chips
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt I used some of my homemade mix, see below
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Homemade seasoned salt (makes more than you'll need for the Chex mix)

  • 1/2 cup Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  • Fire up your smoker for cooking at 250 F. Add only one small piece of light wood, such as apple or peach. If you are using a smoker that has a water pan, such as the Weber Smokey Mountain, do not fill the pan with water.
  • Combine the cereals, pretzels, nuts and bagel chips in a large bowl.
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the Worcestershire sauce and stir.
  • Combine the seasoned salt, garlic powder and onion powder and slowly whisk into the melted butter.
  • Drizzle the butter mixture over the cereal and gently toss to coat.
  • Place into a disposable 9" x 13" deep aluminum pan and place on the top rack of the smoker.
  • Smoke for 1 hour or until the mixture turns golden brown, stirring every 15 minutes.
  • Remove and let cool completely before serving, or store for up to 2 weeks.

Homemade seasoned salt

  • Combine all ingredients. Store in an air-tight container.

Shamrock Peeps Rice Krispies Treats

These shamrock Peeps Rice Krispies treats were fun to make…

…specially if you’re into watching poor little Peeps meet their demise in a hot pot! Anita hates when I do this to ‘them’.

Although I used green Peeps to make these for St. Patrick’s day, you can use any color, or even a combination of colors (don’t mix them together – let them melt in place). They taste just like your usual Rice Krispies treats. If you don’t have Peeps (they are now available year-round in some places), just use marshmallows and green food coloring.

Shamrock Peeps Rice Krispies Treats

Peeps melted down make for a fun syrup to add to any Rice Krispies treat.

Shamrock Peeps

Shamrock Peeps Rice Krispies Treats

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 40 Peeps 4 packages
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

Instructions

  • Spray a 9" x 13" baking dish with non-stick spray.
  • Melt the butter over low heat in a large non-stick pot.
  • Add the Peeps to the pot and melt them, stirring occasionally. Do not overcook or the butter will burn.
  • Remove pot from heat and stir in the cereal.
  • Pour the mixture into a baking dish and spread it out. I used a spatula sprayed with non-stick spray to make it easier to spread out the cereal.
  • Let cool 30 minutes and cut into bars.