Here's a new recipe I tried for the 4th of July. Beware! It is addictive. It has all the crunchy goodness of a traditional Chex Mix, coupled with a mild hint of BBQ tastiness. Another winner from Cook's Country magazine (Dec/Jan '08).
BBQ Party Mix
1. Heat oven to 250 degrees. Combine 5 cups Corn Chex cereal, 2 cups corn chips, 1 cup melba toast pieces*, 1 cup pretzel sticks, and 1 (6 oz) can smokehouse almonds in a large bowl. Whisk 6 tablespoons butter (that has been melted) with 1/4 cup barbeque sauce in a small bowl and drizzle over cereal mixture. Sprinkle evenly with 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Toss everything together until well combined.
2. Spread the mixture on a large, rimmed baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool to room temperature and serve. Store airtight for 1 week.
*The original recipe called for melba toast rounds. I had to go to 3 markets to find them, and ended up breaking them up into smaller pieces anyway. Any plain melba toast should work.