Every summer, our family gathers at my Aunt Linda’s place in Alabama. The kids play in the backyard, the adults chat and laugh, and the atmosphere is filled with love and the aroma of good food. One particular dish, or rather snack, that has become synonymous with these gatherings is the Alabama Fire Crackers. These spicy treats were introduced to us by a neighbor, old Mrs. Douglas. She handed me her handwritten recipe one day, mentioning it was a cherished family secret. From that day on, it’s been a hit in our family reunions.
It’s not just about the crackers; it’s about the memories they bring. Every time I prepare them, I’m reminded of the laughter, the stories shared, and the joyous moments we’ve spent together. And today, I’m excited to share this special recipe with you. So, whether you’re having a family gathering, a BBQ, or simply craving a spicy snack, these Alabama Fire Crackers are sure to add some zest to your day.
Ingredients for Alabama Fire Crackers
- 1 and 2/3 cups of canola oil
- 2 packets (1 ounce each) of creamy ranch dressing mix
- 3 tablespoons of red chili pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon of powdered garlic
- 1 teaspoon of powdered onion
- 1/2 teaspoon of finely ground black pepper
- 1 packet (16.5 ounces) of whole grain saltine crackers
Directions for Alabama Fire Crackers
- In a large resealable plastic bag, combine canola oil, creamy ranch dressing mix, red chili pepper flakes, powdered garlic, powdered onion, and black pepper. Ensure the bag is sealed tight and massage it gently until the oil mixture and spices blend well.
- Introduce the whole grain saltine crackers into the bag. Seal it again and gently turn the bag over to ensure crackers are getting covered with the spicy mix. Let them sit and soak for approximately 60 minutes, then give them another gentle turn. Do this process a couple more times for the crackers to be thoroughly coated. Ideally, let them marinate in the mix for 8 hours or even overnight for the best flavor infusion.
- Once ready, take the crackers out and serve. Enjoy the fiery kick!
What can I pair with Alabama Fire Crackers?
These crackers go well with creamy dips, cheeses, or even a cold glass of beer for those who prefer.
Can I adjust the spiciness?
Definitely! Feel free to reduce the red chili pepper flakes if you prefer a milder taste or increase for an added kick.
How long can I store these crackers?
Stored in an airtight container, they can last for up to a week. But they’re so tasty, they probably won’t last that long!
Can I use a different type of cracker?
Yes, while traditional saltine crackers are used, feel free to experiment with other types like Ritz or wheat crackers for a different twist.
Is there a dairy-free alternative to the ranch dressing mix?
You can find dairy-free ranch mixes in stores, or make a homemade version using dried herbs and spices to cater to dairy-free needs.
Why let them sit overnight?
Letting them sit allows the crackers to absorb the flavors fully, making them more flavorful and spicy.
Alabama Fire Crackers
- 1 2/3 cups vegetable oil
- 2 1 ounce envelopes ranch dressing mix
- 3 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 16 1/2 ounce package multigrain saltine crackers
- Place vegetable oil, ranch dressing mix, crushed red pepper flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper in a 2-gallon resealable plastic bag.
- Seal the bag and squeeze with your hands until oil and spices are well combined.
- Place crackers into the bag, seal, and turn the bag over to coat crackers with spice mix. Let sit for about 1 hour, then turn again. Repeat several times until crackers are well-coated with spice mix, then allow the bag to sit 8 hours to overnight.
- Remove crackers and serve.