Smoked Chex Mix

Smoked Chex Mix

Smoked Chex mix is a surefire hit perfect for entertaining. When hosting a gathering, it’s always a good idea to have something for guests to snack on while the rest of the food is prepared. This version includes all the main components and a delicious chipotle caramel coating. It’s smoky, spicy, savory-sweet, and you can make it far in advance. Use all the recipe’s caramel or go with a light coating instead. The choice is yours!
Servings 16
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes


  • Z Grills 700D4E Wood Pellet Grill
  • Z Grills OAK Wood Pellets
  • Disposable Aluminum Pan
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Tongs


Chipotle Sauce

  • 1 ounce chipotle peppers
  • 1 ½ cups hot water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons neutral oil
  • ¼ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ lemon, juiced

Snack Mix

  • 3 cups rice Chex cereal
  • 3 cups wheat Chex cereal
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar Goldfish crackers
  • 1 ½ cups unsalted peanuts


  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup chipotle sauce
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  • Remove the stems, split each pepper vertically, and remove the seeds.
  • On the stovetop, toast the chipotles in a dry skillet over medium heat until they soften and puff up.
  • Place the chipotles into a bowl, pour hot water over the peppers, and soak them for 15-30 minutes. Save the remaining soaking liquid.
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high; use the same skillet used to dry toast the chipotle peppers.
  • Sauté the onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes or until softened and fragrant.
  • Pour in the tomato sauce, sugar, and salt.
  • Cook the sauce for 3 minutes or until thick enough to draw a line in the sauce with a spoon—stir occasionally.
  • Add the sauce to a food processor with the lemon juice and about 2 tablespoons of the reserved soaking liquid. Blend until smooth.
  • Pour the sauce through a fine mesh strainer to remove any solids. Press with a spoon or spatula to get as much sauce as possible.
  • Measure out ½ cup of chipotle sauce.
  • Preheat your Z-Grills (preferably with branded applewood pellets) or other wood pellet grill to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Combine the cereals, pretzels, Goldfish crackers, and peanuts in a large bowl.
  • Add the butter, brown sugar, chipotle sauce, corn syrup, and salt to a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-low.
  • Meanwhile, lightly grease an aluminum pan with oil.
  • Once the caramel mixture comes to a boil, reduce it to a simmer, and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the baking soda and whisk until combined. The caramel will foam during this time.
  • Pour the caramel over the snack mix and toss to combine. Use as much as you like.
  • Transfer the pan to the grill grates, close the lid, and smoke for 35 minutes.
  • Remove from the grill, toss the Chex mix, and increase the heat to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Close the grill’s lid and smoke for 10 more minutes.
  • Remove from the grill, allow the smoked Chex mix to cool, then separate it with a spoon or by hand.
  • Serve.


Store any leftover smoked Chex mix in an airtight container for up to a week.
Calories: 240kcal
Cost: 10
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Quick & Easy, Smoked

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