This smoked snack mix takes Chex® mix to a whole new level and I must warn you that if you show up at a football party with this stuff, you'll most likely be locking yourself into bringing it every single time. Things this good create high demand!
I went to the store and picked out all of my favorite salty snacks to throw into the mix and of course you can do the same thing.
The flavored butter is also something you can change up if you wish by making it more or less spicy, using a different hot sauce, etc.
Here's the snacks that made the cut for my smoked snack mix:
Measure out 1 cup of each snack and pour them into a large foil pan.
Combine the snacks gently with a spatula.. I used a silicone spatula and stirred the mix very carefully to ensure I would not break any of the crackers or crumble the Chex pieces.
The flavored butter is mostly butter but we'll also add some hot sauce and plenty of my original rub (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub).
If you have another barbecue rub, it may work fine however, it is very important that the rub is low in salt. My original rub works so well on so many things because it is based on flavor NOT on salt. Salt should NOT be the flavor, salt should bring out the flavor that's already there.
Seems simple to me but when I go into the store or online and I see all of the rubs that are based on salt, I just shake my head.
Get a microwave safe measuring cup or bowl and add ½ stick of butter.
Note: In this picture, I had doubled the recipe since I knew I would be making a double batch of the snack mix
Melt the butter in the microwave first– this takes about 30 seconds in mine and if it needs more, I put it back in for another 15 seconds.
Once the butter is melted, add 2 TBS of Jeff's original rub (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub) and 1 TBS of Tabasco® hot sauce (or your own favorite hot sauce).
You can use more Tabasco® if you prefer.. 1 TBS gives it a hint of Tabasco® but no more. Feel free to crank it up!
Stir the concoction really well to combine.
Stirring the butter mixture constantly, drizzle it over the snack mix as evenly as possible until you've used every drop.
Now, use a silicone spatula to very gently mix the snacks around so that every piece is coated well.
Sprinkle on more (about 2 TBS) of the Jeff's original rub (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub) then give it one more stir with the silicone spatula.
The coated snack mix is now ready for the smoker.