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  • Oakgrovebacon
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 1841
    • South central Illinois

    Live fire chili day

    Click image for larger version  Name:	B43B4DD8-C3B0-44E6-9423-8B6814C57354.jpeg Views:	0 Size:	2.60 MB ID:	755716Click image for larger version  Name:	91006F48-E0F7-4397-A95D-705997C47876.jpeg Views:	0 Size:	4.23 MB ID:	755717Click image for larger version  Name:	B8CA0519-1544-4E5D-A6E0-8924C635CBAC.jpeg Views:	0 Size:	4.69 MB ID:	755718 About 3 years ago I started an outdoor chili cook on Columbus day weekend. My son and his family come to help and spend the day with us. We started with 17 lbs of ground venison, 4 lbs chopped onions, about a quart of copped sweet peppers. We cooked the meat and veggies in the old Sperry #5 cast iron kettle that came to my possession being passed down from the family farm. As I young teenager I was first involved with this kettle rendering lard on butcher day when we processed hogs. When the meat was browned, we added chili seasoning, cumin, black pepper and salt. We added tomatoes, tomato sauce, diced green chilis and tomato juice. After about an hour of simmering, we added beans, pinto, kidneys and seasoned chili beans. Another hour of cooking and we decided it was time to eat.
    After the meal we moved the kettle away from the fire to start to cool so we could bag the chili for storage. We decided to weigh the kettle to get an idea how much we made. It was 136.5 lbs. after cooling and storing the chili, the empty kettle weighed 66 lbs. so the net amount was just over 70 lbs. or about 8-1/2 gallons. We stored in 22 ziplock bags to freeze for meals for winter.
    Last edited by Oakgrovebacon; October 13, 2019, 07:35 PM.
  • HawkerXP
    Club Member
    • Jul 2016
    • 5314
    • Northern Virginia
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    #2
    Good family fun!

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    • Oakgrovebacon
      Oakgrovebacon commented
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      A great day! I had a couple more pics but gave up loading them with slow internet service.
  • marshall
    Club Member
    • Jul 2017
    • 555

    #3
    that's a fantastic memory and tradition you have going on, your a lucky guy, God bless and thanks for sharing, looks like a great and delicious day

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    • Oakgrovebacon
      Oakgrovebacon commented
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      Thank you! It was a fun day.
  • Donw
    Club Member
    • Jul 2017
    • 2953

    #4
    This is just cool and Iā€™m sure is a great memory for everyone involved. We do an annual cider pressing and I know it is a hit here no matter the age of the participants.

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    • Oakgrovebacon
      Oakgrovebacon commented
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      That sounds like a fun day too!
  • Sweaty Paul
    Founding Member
    • Aug 2014
    • 1403
    • Hays, KS
    • Green Mountain Grill - Jim Bowie
      (I've never regretted having too much grate space).

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    #5
    What a great family tradition and one your grandchildren will always remember. Hope they continue to pass on the knowledge too! Well done.

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    • Oakgrovebacon
      Oakgrovebacon commented
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      Thank you! We hope to keep it going for a long time.
  • randy56
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    • Aug 2017
    • 430
    • Newburgh In

    #6
    Family time is the best time. This winter you'll have a great meal ready made. Chili is not chili with out the beans!

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    • Oakgrovebacon
      Oakgrovebacon commented
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      My son and I were very tempted to just have chili meat, after seasoning and before the tomatoes and beans, It was Awesome tasting!
  • tbob4
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    • Nov 2014
    • 2250
    • Chico, CA
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    #7
    That is really awesome! Thanks for sharing the tradition and photos!

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    • Oakgrovebacon
      Oakgrovebacon commented
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      Thanks! I saved the kettle from going to the scrap yard a few years back and restored the inside and seasoned it. After the first chili cook we decided to make it an annual event.
  • holehogg
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 2227
    • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    #8
    That was a TON of fun and I'm sure a lot of satisfaction at the end of the day.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

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    • Oakgrovebacon
      Oakgrovebacon commented
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      Thank you, we had a great day!
  • ScottyC13
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    • Jul 2019
    • 476
    • Boston Area
    • Name: Scott, Chemical Engineer

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    #9
    Very cool!

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    • Oakgrovebacon
      Oakgrovebacon commented
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      Thanks! Lots of fun!
  • Nate
    Former Member
    • Apr 2015
    • 3811
    • Quarantined

    #10
    That is AWESOME!!! We do something similar with my in-laws... it rotates every year between apple butter, pumpkin butter, and a veggie soup... they make can, jar, freeze enough for a couple of years and repeat. The traditions are cool and make lasting memories.

    We are supposed to be doing something similar with a veggie beef soup with the copper kettle yet this fall... I will post some pics of that too when it happens.

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    • Oakgrovebacon
      Oakgrovebacon commented
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      It is a great day of fun in the fall. We happened to have perfect weather this year.
      Have a great time when you do yours!
  • ofelles
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    • Jun 2018
    • 1911
    • Brentwood CA
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    #11
    Great to have family traditions going. It always amazes me what the kids and grand kids remember as they get older. One granddaughter said she always fondly remember I always have good root beer to drink. Priceless.

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    • Oakgrovebacon
      Oakgrovebacon commented
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      They sure make life fun!
  • Spinaker
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    • Nov 2014
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    • Land of Tonka
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    #12
    This is fantastic!

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    • Oakgrovebacon
      Oakgrovebacon commented
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      I thought you would like the cast iron.

    • Spinaker
      Spinaker commented
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      Indeed!!!!
  • FireMan
    Charter Member
    • Jul 2015
    • 7594
    • Bottom of Winnebago

    #13
    Muchos good man. šŸ‘šŸ•¶

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    • Oakgrovebacon
      Oakgrovebacon commented
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      Thanks Fireman!
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    #14
    What a marvelous tradition--I really enjoyed seeing the photo of the young granddaughter stirring that very old pot. What a perfectly encapsulated memory for her.

    Kathryn

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    • Oakgrovebacon
      Oakgrovebacon commented
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      Thank you! There is a photo of her little brother too but I could not get it to load with my poor internet service at home.

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