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BBQ Chex mix is a fun twist on the classic snack mix. Use your favorite BBQ rub for the perfect flavor. You can make it in your pellet grill for an extra smokey flavor, or bake it in the oven. Either way you will have that classic crunchy with a yummy barbecue flavor.

Antique white bowl filled with smokey bbq chex mix made from cheese crackers, cereal, peanuts, and pretzels.

This fun twist on Chex mix adds a different flavor profile to one of our favorite snack mix recipes. It is bold and savory with just a bit of sweet and smokey mixed it. It is crunchy and perfect for munching on whenever you need a little something to snack on.

Each piece is coated with savory BBQ rub seasoned goodness and it is baked to crisp perfection. Using a rub makes it so easy because the seasonings are already mixed for you.

Small glass bowl of smoked chex mix with larger bowl of smoked bbq chex mix in the background.

It is good for holiday gatherings, parties, road trip snacks, game nights, and more. In fact, it is a wonderful snack for almost any occasion.

While my family has a deep seated love for the original baked Chex Mix recipe, we do like to mix it up every once in a while. This BBQ Chex Mix is the perfect way to keep all of the things we love about the original but do it a little bit differently.

Roasting pan with 3 varieties of Chex cereal, cheese crackers, peanut, and pretzels inside next to Worcestershire sauce, butter, and Blues Hog bbq rub showing ingredients needed to make this snack mix.

Why You’ll Love Smoked Chex Mix

Using the smoker to cook the Chex Mix is handy. If you are making it in the summer, it means you don’t have to heat the house.

Or if your family tends to make these snack mixes around the holidays like mine, you can be baking cookies in the oven and Chex Mix in the smoker at the same time! How is that for effieciency?

The pellet grill is perfect for recipes like this because they keep a nice even temperature without much effort. Plus it adds a nice smokey flavor to the mix that goes well with those barbecue seasonings.

Of course, you can bake it in the oven if that is easier for you. If you want the smokey flavor, just add a tiny drop of liquid smoke to the melted butter before you pour it over the cereal.

Additions and Substitutions

You can mix and match your favorite crackers and cereal to make this mix your own. Just keep the total amount pretty close to what is in the recipe so that everything has a nice coating of the rub when it is all said and done.

More Items that work great in Chex Mix:

  • Oyster crackers or soup crackers
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Rye crisps
  • Bagel chips
  • Fritos
  • Cheerios (plain, not honey nut)
  • Mixed nuts
  • Bugles
  • Pita chips

If you want even more barbecue taste, add some BBQ Fritos after your mix is made. They will add crunch and another layer of flavor.

Larger white serving bowl filled with seasoned and smoked bbq Chex mix next to a smaller bowl of chex mix, ready to eat.

More Great Snack Mix Recipes

If you love crunching on savory snacks, my Parmesan ranch snack mix may be perfect for you. It is a lot like a Chex mix, but without the cereal.

For something super simple, try making dill oyster crackers. They are so easy and really good.

Check out my collection of snack mix recipes for even more inspiration. I suggest you make them all to see which one you like best!

Antique white bowl filled with smokey bbq chex mix made from cheese crackers, cereal, peanuts, and pretzels.

BBQ Chex Mix

Servings: 16 Servings
Author: Carlee
BBQ Chex mix is a fun twist on the classic snack mix. Use your favorite BBQ rub for the perfect flavor. You can make it in your pellet grill for an extra smokey flavor, or bake it in the oven. Either way you will have that classic crunchy with a yummy barbecue flavor.
5 from 5 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons BBQ Rub
  • 3 cups rice Chex
  • 3 cups corn Chex
  • 3 cups wheat Chex
  • 4 cups cheese crackers
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 1 cup roasted peanuts or mixed nuts

Instructions
 

Smoker Directions

  • Preheat smoker to 250℉
  • Melt butter. Stir in Worcestershire sauce and your favorite BBQ rub.
    ½ cup unsalted butter, 2½ Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 2 Tablespoons BBQ Rub
  • Put all of the cereal, crackers, pretzels, and peanuts in a large roasting pan or foil pan.
    3 cups rice Chex, 3 cups corn Chex, 3 cups wheat Chex, 4 cups cheese crackers, 2 cups pretzels, 1 cup roasted peanuts
  • Drizzle butter mixture over all the the cereal and crackers. Stir to coat.
  • Place pan on smoker. Smoke for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  • Remove from smoker and allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Oven Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 250℉
  • Melt butter. Stir in Worcestershire sauce and your favorite BBQ rub. Add a drop or two of liquid smoke if desired.
  • Put all of the cereal, crackers, pretzels, and peanuts in a large roasting pan or foil pan.
  • Drizzle butter mixture over all the the cereal and crackers. Stir to coat.
  • Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  • Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 611kcalCarbohydrates: 96gProtein: 15gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 926mgPotassium: 322mgFiber: 10gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 946IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 232mgIron: 18mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Andrea Nine

Monday 11th of December 2023

I want to snack on this yumminess all day long!

Carlee

Monday 11th of December 2023

It is hard to stop once you get started, that is for sure!