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  • fracmeister
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      (and smokes on a Yoder 640, raises bees and shoots a .408 WIndrunner) "come la notte i furti miei seconda"

    Best chili ever? I need to make it...help!

    OK, I make decent enough chili but I have been out of town at the last two cookoffs and a wannabe has won in my absence and is talking some smack. Cost is no object here...I need to make some chili that will clearly be the finest stuff ever tasted.

    Sadly, I can't even tell whether the judges will know decent chili from wolf brand but that is all i have to go on now. Someone please give me an awe inspiring recipe so I can regain my all around title (I still own all the BBQ props in my gang)
  • cashelton
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    #2
    Meathead's Texas Chili Con Carne won me 1st place in my office's chili cook off...it's fantastic. Recipe is on the main site, link below for convenience.

    https://amazingribs.com/tested-recip...hili-con-carne

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    • Meathead
      Meathead commented
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      Woooohoooo! Congrats!
  • mountainsmoker
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    #3
    fracmeister we just had a discussion on this very subject a couple of weeks ago. Since I am more or less computer illeterate maybe one of them could link you to it. Some pretty good recipes.

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    • Old Glory
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      • Feb 2018
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      • Northshore MA

      #4
      https://www.chilicookoff.com/winning-recipes

      http://www.centraltexaschili.com/recipes_tips__tricks

      Some good ones here

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      • 58limited
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        • Dec 2018
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        • SE Texas
        • "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." ~Benjamin Franklin

        #5
        This recipe won the Terlingua International Chili Cookoff twice: in 2005 and 2009.

        Sahara Chili

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        • mountainsmoker
          mountainsmoker commented
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          Definitely a very, very good one. I gave it over in the other post.
      • Attjack
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        #6
        I like Malcolm Reed's smoked chuck chili.

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        • Randy-Phx
          Randy-Phx commented
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          Our favorite!

        • Charley Langer
          Charley Langer commented
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          That looks amazing!! Awesome photo! That’s right up my alley!
      • CaptainMike
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        #7
        ecowper has a great recipe. Haven't seen him hereabouts in quite some though.

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        • HouseHomey
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          #8
          If you have won before use your original recipe and go head to head.

          perhaps a battle to the death.
          DILLY DILLY..

          I have judged more than a few and I doubt you or he won with a turkey chili or vegan chili so I’m thinking the judges will never remember your previous winning recipe.

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          • fzxdoc
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            #9
            I second Attjack 's suggestion. Malcolm Reed's Smoked Chuck Chili is the best I've ever made. It has it all--smoky, spicy, rich-tasting. Delicious.

            https://howtobbqright.com/2017/11/02...-chili-recipe/

            Kathryn

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            • Steve B
              Steve B commented
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              I gotta give this one a try. Thanks for the link Kathryn.
          • fracmeister
            Founding Member
            • Jul 2014
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            • Sprang, TX
            • Dances with lemmings

              (and smokes on a Yoder 640, raises bees and shoots a .408 WIndrunner) "come la notte i furti miei seconda"

            #10
            He delivered a brisket chili last year but he is really my only competition against the ground beef and crockpot crowd

            I wil try a couple of these in advance.

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            • barelfly
              Club Member
              • Dec 2017
              • 653
              • New Mexico

              #11
              I have been rereading Kenji’s Food Lab, and he has a recipe that looks really good. The photo really shows a nice chili con carne dish, that too me, looks like a chile con carne. A bit thicker chile sauce and nice chunks of meat. That may give you some ideas to add to whatever you come up with.

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              • Potkettleblack
                Potkettleblack commented
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                The pressure cooker version is pretty much my go to. I had been a Jane Butel Bowl of Red devotee, but the JKLA P-cooked version, with smoked chuck instead of seared is the truth.
            • ofelles
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              #12
              In all modesty I like mine

              https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...li-salsa-verde

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              • Meathead
                BBQ Whisperer, Mythbuster
                • May 2014
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                  Meathead

                #13
                The issue is ALWAYS the judges. Are they expecting beans? Can they take the heat? Do they like cumin?

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                • MattTheGR8
                  MattTheGR8 commented
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                  Agreed! Several years ago the judges at my office's annual soup/chili contest awarded the best chili to a turkey soup that had been labeled "Thanksgiving Chili", while my smoked brisket chili didn't even place. I haven't even bothered entering the contest since then.

                • Potkettleblack
                  Potkettleblack commented
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                  If they don’t like cumin... they have no business judging. ;-). Get a rope...
              • fracmeister
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                  (and smokes on a Yoder 640, raises bees and shoots a .408 WIndrunner) "come la notte i furti miei seconda"

                #14
                Originally posted by Meathead View Post
                The issue is ALWAYS the judges. Are they expecting beans? Can they take the heat? Do they like cumin?
                That's why I don't care who the winner is ... I just have to do something better than my friend... WE will both know.

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                • Willy
                  Willy commented
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                  I like your style!
              • Hulagn1971
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                • Dec 2014
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                #15
                I agree with fzxdoc and Attjack on Malcolm Reed's recipe. In fact, I won a chili cook-off hosted by the Winston Salem Jaycees last year competing against over 20 other contestants (I didn't know a soul). I used a leftover frozen brisket point.

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