All your favorite snacks all mixed into one Redneck Snack Mix with BBQ Seasoning. Perfect for snacking with your friends!
I am on some kind of snack mix craze lately. If you missed my Asian Wasabi Chex Mix you certainly missed out. It is a spicy blend of wasabi, soy and rice crackers along with other Asian inspired goodies. I like doing themed snack and party mixes because then you can get the perfect one for your family. Seeing that I am moving from Waycross this week, I thought it only fitting that I make a Redneck Snack Mix in honor of my home for the last 11 years.
Summer is here and everyone is grilling and using their BBQ. Some people use BBQ as a noun and some use it as a verb. Is it BBQ chicken, BBQed chicken, or chicken on the BBQ? It is all very confusing to me. When I think of BBQ, I think of charcoal, smoke, outdoors, and char on my burgers, dogs, and chicken. My Pa was the king of the BBQ (the charcoal grill)! I made my Homemade BBQ Seasoning Mix in honor of his amazing skills and the flavors he always coaxed from those coals.
Back to my tiny town. It is pretty rural so there are a lot of “rednecks” here. Not that it is a bad thing, it means that you are hard working and usually work outside so you get that weird tan line! Some of those guys eat some crazy snacks while they are working during the day. These include pork rinds, cheese balls, pretzels, Saltine crackers, and Funyuns.
Have you ever had a Funyun? A Funyun is like an onion ring only it is really a fried corn chip ring that just has onion flavor. Like a poor man’s onion ring. I ate them a few times as a kid but shied away from them when I got to “kissing” age. Another goodie is the Bugle. Bugles are also a “corn chip” if you will, just shaped like a cone. To me, I can take or leave them unless they are the spicy flavored ones. Those I love to snack on!
How about Potato Stix? Like shredded, thick potato chips they are a crunchy must. The shape is really the thing that throws me off the most. But they are sold by the massive can load so they must be someone’s favorite. To round out this mix, I add some honey-roasted peanuts and a few Slim Jim or beef jerky sticks which are always a classic snack item.
These are the types of snacks you see people grabbing at the convenience store while pumping gas and getting their 809-ounce fountain soda in the styrofoam cup. I love these snacks and grabbing them while on a road trip or after a long night of studying in college. They are inexpensive and fun to eat. Let’s get to that part now!
I combine all these tasty items into one tasty “redneck” snack mix and add another layer of flavor. I know some of these items have a strong flavor all their own. Hello, Funyuns and cheese balls! But adding a spice mix to all the ingredients ties them together and makes the redneck snack mix feel like a complete party mix. What better spice mix than my Homemade BBQ Seasoning?
These ingredients contain a lot of similar flavors and spices which help to bring them all together.
Just like making my Sriracha Snack Mix, you start by combining all your redneck snack mix items. I found that if you can’t find the mini saltine crackers or any of the other items, you can substitute good old corn chips or Fritos, and some plain potato chips. It is a very versatile snack mix. Much like a redneck him (or her) self.
Once all the redneck snack mix items (minus the peanuts and jerky) are combined, pour on your seasoning mix. This is a simple mixture of butter, Worcestershire sauce, and my BBQ seasoning. Feel free to add your own dry rub, spice blend, or mixture. Just make sure that it is dry.
Toss to combine and coat the snack mix as evenly as you can, and then spread out on a baking sheet.
Place in an oven at 250F and bake for one hour. Stir every 15 minutes to ensure they are toasting evenly. This is the reason I leave out the honey roasted peanuts. My first attempt at this mix (at 300F and with peanuts) left me a charred and burnt mess. The brown sugar in the BBQ seasoning combined with the honey roasted peanuts did not go well with high heat.
Once the redneck snack mix has cooked for the hour, remove from the oven and let cool. Add the honey roasted peanuts and the jerky (cut into tiny pieces) and mix again. Store in an air-tight container, or plain brown paper bags like me, for up to 5 days.
Mine didn’t last this long. When I delivered to my friends, they gobbled it up. Funny thing is that each person picked out their favorite individual snack item and ate that first. That works out great because another person came behind them and ate another item. Don’t get stuck being the last one in the redneck snack mix or you will end up missing out on all the ingredients!
This simple, humble, and tasty redneck snack mix will be a favorite on your next road trip!
Redneck Snack Mix
- 2 cups Bugles
- 2 cups Saltine Crackers mini-sized
- 2 cups Cheese Balls
- 2 cups Pork Rinds
- 2 cups Funyuns
- 2 cups Potato Stix or crushed plain chips
- 2 Beef Jerky Sticks cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 cups Pretzels salted
- 2 cups Honey Roasted Peanuts
- 3/4 cup Butter
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 tablespoons Homemade BBQ Seasoning Mix or another dry rub mix
Combine all the snacks (minus the peanuts and jerky) together in one bowl.
Preheat oven to 250.
Melt the butter.
Stir the Worcestershire sauce into the melted butter.
Stir in the BBQ Seasoning until combined.
Pour the butter, Worcestershire, and BBQ seasoning mix over the snack mix.
Stir or toss to coat the snack mix evenly.
Pour out onto a baking sheet and spread into one layer.
Bake at 250 for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
When the hour is up, remove from oven.
Let cool completely.
Add in the honey roasted peanuts and jerky.
Toss to mix.
Serve with friends or store in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.
I am always looking for new snack mix combinations or themes and my favorite blogger that makes snack mixes is Keri from Shaken Together Life. We are kindred spirits when it comes to having two boys that eat you out of house and home. Her Poolside Puff Munch Mix is a hit at our house and uses great snack items like popcorn, pretzels, and goldfish crackers. My kind of snacking. She also has a great line of cookie mixes for the holidays! Check her out!