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Chuck & Chili Weekend

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  • FishTalesNC
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    Chuck & Chili Weekend

    SWMBO requested a chuck roast this weekend, and I like to make chili for NFL Opening Weekend, so that lined up well...

    Sam's Club didn't have any prime chuckies, but we found a pretty decent looking package of choice ones. Dry brined one of them for 24 hours and took it out Saturday morning.

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    I used up the rest of our PBC Beef & Game rub, I like that stuff.

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    Hung it on the PBC with some mesquite chunks at 10:30am.

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    It stalled around 160F for an hour, and after 4 hours was at 177F.

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    Now, every other chuckie I've ever smoked ends up with a REALLY significant bark. I love a good bark, but I also like to be able to actually chew it. So this time I wanted to try wrapping it, and I was happy with the bark at this point so that's just what I did along with a little Lea & Perrins Worcestershire.

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    It went for another 90 min in the oven at 275F until it hit 202F IT and was probe tender. I left it wrapped in the oven at 170F for another 90 min. By then it was dinner time, and my wife was wanting sort of a pot roast thing so I didn't shred it but just pulled apart chunks. So tender and juicy it was almost falling apart. I saved the juices in the foil and we had gravy and served it with sauteed green beans and mashed cauliflower. It was definitely the best one I've smoked, the bark and flavors were perfect, ironic that all the others I've done were prime and the choice one turned out the best so far.

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    We had about a pound of that leftover, so I used that to make some chili Sunday morning before kickoff. When I looked up my last chili grillin' notes they were ironically from a cook during Hurricane Florence last year. Dorian just left us, so hopefully this is the last of my hurricane chili attempts. Got the wife to help with prep...

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    Now, typically I did this on my 22" kettle using my wok and the "bbq system" grate with the baskets underneath (never felt like that got hot enough). But I sold my 22" a while back so something else weird I've been wanting to try is using my vortex under the wok to get it screaming hot. With a chunk of mesquite, it fits nicely. Yep... that sucker got hot enough this time - another Vortex win!

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    Now, my process for grilling chili isn't from any recipe, just from my gut and "what sounds good" but has evolved into something that we really like and is pretty easy... First I cooked up some homemade bacon lardons.

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    Then added a whole red onion, cooked that until it was translucent. Truth be told I was ready to just start eating with that big wooden spoon.

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    Then I added most of a bag of frozen corn and some garlic, and let that go covered for about 5 min. Don't know why, didn't grow up with it, but I love corn in my chili. The sweet juicy bites in the spicy chili are bueno.

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    Then I added the tomato sauce, Ro Tel fire roasted diced tomatoes and chilies, water, and the spices and mixed that all up. Then I added 1lb of browned ground chuck and 1lb of my smoked chuck. I covered that for a few minutes, stirring frequently so it didn't burn (did I mention that wok was HOT this time?)

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    Then added another 8oz water and beef broth and closed it up and let it simmer for 15 min. At that point, I added pinto beans... sometimes I add beans, sometimes I don't.

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    Stirred that up real good and let it go covered another 15 min. Checked it and it was to my liking, didn't need the masa flour this time. It thickens up a bit more after I take it off and it sits a few minutes.

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    It was some doggone amazing mesquite-kissed chili, I had a big bowl for lunch. Then for dinner we put it over leftover reheated fries with some melted cheese and cowboy candy and a dollop of sour cream - decadent. Lunch today will be another bowl of this deliciousness, and tonight I'll probably have one of my favorite leftover chili meals - grilled chili cheese sandwiches - YUM!

  • Rod
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      Accessories ranging from a Vortex to bear claws.

    Now that's some football food! Looks like it was a lot of fun too.


    • Mr. Bones
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      That both looks an sounds like some Great Chili, puttin it on th list!

      Many thanks fer yer nice, comprehensive tutorial, an great pics, Brother!
      Last edited by Mr. Bones; September 9, 2019, 11:43 AM.


      • Spinaker
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        Fantastic Cook! I love that you got the Vortex out!


        • ofelles
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          I had not thought of using corn in my chili. I have to try that next time. I love corn and use it a lot, hominy also. Thanks for the idea looks delicious


          • smokin fool
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            A buddy of mine uses small pineapple chunks in his chili.
            Sounds crazy but its surprisingly tasty, adds just the right amount of sweetness
        • Murdy
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          • May 2018
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          Wow! Look's Amazing! Must've been something in the air, I made some chili on a whim on Saturday. Had a taste for something different after months of burgers, brats, steaks, and smoked stuff.


          • holehogg
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            • Nov 2017
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            Chili Touchdown.
            Superb Supper Served Sir.


            • JeffJ
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              • Feb 2015
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              Nice job. Love cooking chili directly on the grill.


              • jfmorris
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                Amazing! I've got a couple pound of left over brisket - mostly point - and it might work well for chili, along these lines!


                • Santamarina
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                  Made my last chili with leftover point...it was the best chili I’ve ever made!
              • RonB
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                Pass me a Napkin please, I need to wipe my chin.


                • The Big Gator
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                  Beautiful-lookin chili! Thanks for taking the time to write this detailed post with fantastic pics! I have never made chili but you inspired me to try. 🌶🌶


                  • Mr. Bones
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                    Never made chili, eh? Welcome, Brother; there's a whole great big beautiful delicious New World out there, fer ya to explore, an I'll definitely be followin yer chili adventures!
                • HawkerXP
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                  Looks great! pbc pbc pbc……..
                  Last edited by HawkerXP; September 9, 2019, 07:10 PM.


                  • lemayp
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                    So glad that chili season is coming back around. I make it year round, just less strange looks this time of year... never thought of using a wok for it though. Something new to try.


                    • Mr. Bones
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                      Agreed, Brother! Ain't no such kinda thing as Chili Season, or BBQ Season, here...
                      Historically, we vary from -20° to 121°, so relatively mildish climate, totally conducive to outdoor cookin.
                      Still gotta eat, an danged if'n I'm waitin on th calendar...
                  • Willy
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                    Corn!? Gonna try that fer shire!


                    • Santamarina
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                      • Aug 2018
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                      When it comes to “chili” I’m a bit of a traditionalist - no beans or other shenanigans. But darn it if I don’t love a good “chili stew” with beans and corn! This looks absolutely delicious!!!




                      2021 Meat-Up In Memphis Canceled - Rescheduled for March 2022

                      We've unfortunately had to cancel the 2021 Meat-Up in Memphis. We are rescheduling for March 18-20, 2022. More details and re-booking info coming soon! For now click here for more info.
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