Bourbon and bacon. Two words that definitely fall into my "favorite" category. I have a weakness for Chex Mix too, so when I saw this Bourbon Bacon Chex Mix, I knew I had to have it in my life.
My mother had printed out the recipe for me many months ago. I kept putting the recipe to the side and thinking that I would get around to it. When my friend and fellow foodie, Leah, brought some into work one day, I soon found out that I shouldn't have waited so long to make this tasty snack. Since then, I've made it many times for tailgating and even as Christmas presents.
So if you are looking for something to make for Super Bowl weekend, make this. You and your friends will not be disappointed.
Bourbon Bacon Chex Mix
1 (15 oz) bag of Chex Mix traditional snack mix
1 C. pecan halves (I left them out this time only because I didn't have them on hand)
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. butter
1/4 C. light corn syrup
2 T. bourbon (you could also use whiskey)
3/4 tsp. chipotle chili powder
Heat oven to 300. Line 2 large baking sheets (15x10x1) with foil. Spray the foil with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine the Chex Mix, pecans, and crumbled bacon. Set aside.
In a 2-qt. saucepan, over medium heat, heat the brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup and stir occasionally until bubbly around the edges. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally; remove from the heat. Cool the mixture for 2 minutes. Carefully stir in the bourbon and chipotle chili powder. Pour over the snack mixture and toss until it is all evenly coated.
Spread the snack mixture on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to caramelize mixture. Cool completely for about an hour and then break into pieces. Store in a covered container. (I store mine in a zip-loc bag, if it lasts long enough!)