Chex Party Mix was popularized in the 1950s and it's still a favorite snack today, especially during the holidays. Next time you make this tasty mix, instead of baking it in the oven, why not put it in the Weber Bullet at the end of a cooking session? You'll make good use of an hour's worth of residual heat and the mix will pick up a subtle, smoky flavor from the cooker.
What follows is the Original Chex Party Mix recipe and a spicy variation, but any similar cereal/snack mix recipe can be baked in the WSM using this same method.
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Original Chex Party Mix
Use the Original Chex Party Mix recipe found on a box of Chex cereal.
Melt butter in a small pan. Stir in seasonings. Place remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl and drizzle with butter mixture, stirring until coated evenly.
I suggest that you bake the Chex Mix at the end of a cooking session, in part to utilize the leftover heat in the cooker, but also because the smoke wood will be burned down and won't overpower the flavor of the mix. If you're firing up the WSM only to make this recipe, use a very small amount of smoke wood, perhaps one small chunk of a mild wood at most.
Remove the water pan from the cooker. Place mix in a perforated grilling wok, wire mesh container, or disposable foil pan, and bake on the top cooking grate at 250°F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. If the cooker wants to run at 300-325°F, bake for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes; if running closer to 200°F, bake for up to 90 minutes. The mix is done when the bagel chips turn golden brown.
After baking, spread on paper towels to cool. Store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag. Makes 12 cups.
Spicy Chex Mix
Use these ingredients and the process described above for a hot and spicy mix.
Let Your Imagination Run Wild
Here are some alternative ingredients that you can substitute in these recipes to customize the mix. Just keep the total quantities the sameó9 cups cereal to 3 cups other goodies.
Also, try other seasonings for a real taste twist: