Nuts N’ Bolts

Passed to your plate by Rob Rink

This is a different version of the traditional Chex Mix.  Our family first received this as a Christmas gift from our neighbor when we first moved into our home in College Hill (a suburb of Cincinnati) back in 1968.  I was just over a year old at the time, so I don’t remember how it went down, but there has never been a Christmas I did not crave Nuts ‘n’ Bolts.  We have been preparing it as a traditional Christmas snack every year.  As all the Rink children grew up (there are four of us), we continued to carry on the tradition in our families of preparing this every year starting around Thanksgiving Read more

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Rob Rink
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings
Ingredients
  • 6 cups cheerios
  • 6 cups wheat chex
  • 6 cups rice chex
  • 6 cups corn chex
  • 1 small box pretzels sticks
  • 1/2 pounds salted peanuts
  • 1/2 pounds redskin peanuts
  • 3 sticks margarine
  • 1/2 cup bacon fat yes, ½ cup of bacon grease, mmmm….bacon
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon liquid hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon onion salt
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings
Ingredients
  • 6 cups cheerios
  • 6 cups wheat chex
  • 6 cups rice chex
  • 6 cups corn chex
  • 1 small box pretzels sticks
  • 1/2 pounds salted peanuts
  • 1/2 pounds redskin peanuts
  • 3 sticks margarine
  • 1/2 cup bacon fat yes, ½ cup of bacon grease, mmmm….bacon
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon liquid hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon onion salt
Instructions
  1. Combine cereals and pretzels in a large roaster. Stir in nuts.
  2. Melt margarine and bacon fat and mix with peanut butter until blended.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients except nuts and toss with cereal until fully coated.
  4. Bake in the large roaster uncovered for 2 hours in oven at 250 degrees. Gently stir every half hour.
  5. Hint: There have been several attempts throughout the years to substitute with generic cereals, add ingredients (such as crackers of many types and sizes) or to try to make it low-fat or healthy for you. Let me save you the time and let you know that they have all failed miserably…except for eliminating the nuts all together, which I do, because I hate nuts. Stick with the name brands and tweak only the “sauce” ingredients as you see fit.
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