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Smoked Chex Mix

This sweet and spicy smoked Chex mix recipe is a new household favourite! We've combined a sriracha caramel with a hint of smoke for an out of this world smoked party mix.

Keep your friends close and your snacks closer

Whoever declared that definitely lives in a house with a couple of kids! I swear my kids think whatever is on my plate or in my hand is fair game.

Pretty sure I haven't eaten a whole cookie to myself before their bedtime in like 10 years. Don't they know there's no WE in snacks?

This Traeger smoked Chex mix, though, I whipped up just for me. Any maybe Kevy. He does love sriracha.

This smoked chex mix recipe is dedicated to me snacks.

Smoked sweet and spicy chex mix in a galvanized tin bucket.
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Tips + tricks

No 1. --> Cook the sriracha caramel sauce in a medium to large saucepan. There isn't a huge quantity, BUT once you add the baking soda, it will foam up!

No. 2 --> Use a chafing pan! We found stainless steel chafing pans at a local restaurant supply store. I scooped up a few different sizes for our smoker. The tall sides and large surface area of my big food pan work like a dream!

Close up of the sriracha caramel coating on the traeger smoked chex mix.

Key ingredients

Cereal: This recipe combines rice Chex and Life cereals. I find them to be the perfect little squares and the ribbed texture really holds on to that sweet, sweet sriracha caramel! I've also swapped in honey nut Cheerios for part of the Life cereal!

Pretzels: I prefer round pretzels to rods in this recipe. They add an incredibly crunch and a salty hit that's oh so good in this recipe!

Nuts: I used peanuts, pecans, and almonds. These are not the only nuts to use, they can be substituted in part or in whole by any nuts using a 1:1 ratio, but I do recommend using the peanuts for sure. Peanuts + sriracha caramel is oh so yummy!

Pouring sriracha caramel on the chex, life, pretzels, and nuts in a large stainless steel bowl.

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How to make smoked chex mix

  1. Simmer the butter, sugar, corn syrup, and sriracha for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, toss the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk the baking soda into the sriracha caramel sauce.
  4. Pour the caramel sauce onto the dry ingredients.
  5. Transfer the spicy Chex mix into a large baking pan or chafer pan.
  6. Smoke on your pellet grill for 60 minutes.
  7. Cool completely before breaking into bite sized pieces.

Don't have a smoker?

Have no fear! This sweet and spicy Chex mix can be made in the oven. Follow all the directions, and instead of roasting in the smoker, simply bake this spicy sriracha recipe in the oven!

Storage information

This delicious smoked party mix is easy to store - it keeps well in an airtight container or ziptop bag at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

I can almost certainly guarantee your sweet and spicy chex mix won't last that long though!

Love smoked snacks?

Try my other smoker recipes:

Traeger Smoker - Can't have a smoker recipe without a smoker! We splurged for an electric smoker last year, and life has changed for us, friends. We are changed people.

Kevin and I have nothing but good things to say about our Traeger Timberline 1300 and would recommend it to anyone in the market for a pellet smoker!

Chafing pan - I've talked about these in a ton of my recipe posts. They are big, and cheap, and easy to clean. Chafing pans rock!

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Smoked chex mix in a bucket.
Yield: 8 cups

Smoked Chex Mix Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes


For the party mix:

  • 3 cups rice Chex
  • 3 cups Life cereal
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup pecans

For the sweet sriracha caramel:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sriracha
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda


  1. Preheat smoker to 200f.
  2. Combine the Chex, Life cereal, pretzels and all the nuts in a large bowl.
  3. Add the butter, brown sugar, sriracha. corn syrup and salt to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-low.
  4. Meanwhile, grease a large sheet pan lightly with oil.
  5. Simmer the sweet sriracha caramel for 3 minutes - then whisk in the baking soda. It will foam up, just keep whisking until completely combined and the foam dies down a bit.
  6. Pour the caramel over the party mix and quickly toss to coat.
  7. Dump the party mix into the greased pan - trying to keep the depth even.
  8. Smoke at 200f for 40 minutes, then increase temperature to 300f for 20 minutes. Don't stir or disturb the Chex mix.
  9. Remove from smoker, and allow to cool before breaking into smaller chunks and storing in airtight containers.



This delicious smoked snack is easy to store – it keeps well in an airtight container or ziptop bag at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.


Have no fear! This recipe can be made in the oven. Follow all the directions, and instead of roasting in the smoker, simply bake the Chex mix in the oven!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/4 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 361mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 3g

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Saturday 30th of December 2023

IDK why the author didn't consider this but throw in 1/8 c liquid smoke before baking for the same if not better effect than using g the traeger.


Monday 1st of January 2024

I prefer the flavor from the smoker, but that would probably work great for people without a Traeger on the deck!


Sunday 6th of December 2020

1/2 cup sriracha seems like a spicy is this? Does the sugar cut the spiciness quite a bit?


Monday 7th of December 2020

It's got some heat. Not unpleasant but it's definitely there. If you're not a huge fan of the spicy, try using 1/4 cup the first time you make it, it will still be delicious!

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