Smoked Snack Mix

Every year we make snack mix as part of our Christmas Tradition. You shouldn’t mess with tradition. However, I have a defective synapse or something that makes me want to try new things. I decided to make this year’s snack mix in my Traeger Timberline smoker.

This did not totally please She Who Must Be Obeyed. She wanted the snack mix we make every year. I solved her concerns and protected my vital parts by making a batch in the oven and another in the smoker.

If you want to make it the boring traditional way, do this recipe in 250 F oven. Everything else is the same.

Note the recipe calls for square non sweet cereal. What I use is determined by what is available here in the Canadian Rockies. Any unsweetened Chex cereal will work as will Kelloggs Crispix. I have even added some Cherios for a different shape. However, sweetened cereals don’t work in my opinion.

I preheated my smoker to 250 F.  I put the following in a large bowl:

  • 175 ml (3/4 cup) mixed nuts
  • 175 ml (3/4 cup) pretzel sticks
  • 175 ml (3/4 cup) garlic bagel chips
  • 1.75 L (7 cups) of square nonsweet cereal (I used 4 cups rice chex and 3 cups Crispix cereal)

I put 60 ml (4 1/2 tablespoon) butter in a large roasting pan and put it in the smoker to melt (about 10 minutes).

I added the following to the butter and stirred:

  • 35 ml (1 3/4 tablespoon) Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 ml (0.5 tsp) garlic powder
  • 6 ml (1 1/4 teaspoon) seasoned salt
  • 2 ml (1/3 teaspoon) onion powder

I put the cereal mix in the pan and carefully turned and flipped to coat.

I cooked the mix for 1 hours, stirring and turning every 15 minutes.

Bring the mix in and let it cool completely.

Store in an airtight container.

The Verdict

I will have to get a larger roasting pan so I can double the recipe! The smoke adds a great flavour to the traditional snack mix. The spicy, salty flavour is even better with a touch of smoke that doesn’t overpower the traditional taste. Even She Who Must Be Obeyed liked it and I have permission to do this again. Whew.

The Old Fat Guy

Smoked Snack Mix

Smoked Snack Mix

Ingredients

  • 175 ml (3/4 cup) mixed nuts
  • 175 ml (3/4 cup) pretzel sticks
  • 175 ml (3/4 cup) garlic bagel chips
  • 1.75 L (7 cups) of square nonsweet cereal (I used 4 cups rice chex and 3 cups Crispix cereal)
  • 60 ml (4 1/2 tablespoon) butter
  • 35 ml (1 3/4 tablespoon) Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 ml (0.5 tsp) garlic powder
  • 6 ml (1 1/4 teaspoon) seasoned salt
  • 2 ml (1/3 teaspoon) onion powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat your smoker to 250 F.
  2. Put the pretzels, nuts, bagel chips and cereal in a large bowl.
  3. Put the butter in a large roasting pan and put it in the smoker for about 10 minutes to melt.
  4. Add the Worcetershire, garlic powder, seasoned salt and onion powder to the butter and stir.
  5. Add the cereal mix and carefullly stir and turn to coat.
  6. Smoke for 1 hours, turning every 15 minutes.
  7. Bring the mix in to cool completely then store in an airtight container.
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