Anyone smoke meat befor e putting it in chilli?

Discussion in 'Beef' started by bluefrog, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. I am going to make a large pot of chilli and am considering smoking the beef first. Has anyone done this?
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sure do! It's fantastic! I usually will set my smoker to run around 180° and let it smoke for an hour or so, then into the pot. Depending on your spices you use, you can smoke those or if using fresh peppers smoke those too.
  3. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That's a good idea! I've used leftover brisket and such in my chili, but never thought to smoke the meat first expressly for chili. I'll have to try that next time.
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I actually like to cut it up into the chunks I want then into the smoker. More surface area to gain smoke.

    I have done a super cold smoke during the winter using the following method. You need to be able to keep the ambient temp in the smoker above freezing, but lower than 40°f. I have done up to 4 hours of smoke using this method. I have also used this method for tuna that I want smokey and am only going to sear leaving the middle raw.
  5. I was thinking of smoking a roast rump, round,chuck and then cutting up. Maybe I should cut it up first. What say you?
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I like to cut mine up. You could also slice the roast into slabs that are about as thick as you want ans smoke those. It's important to get as much surface area for the smoke to cling to.
  7. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Smoked brisket chili is awesome!

    If you really want some extra flavor put the chili in a big foil turkey pan, and cook it in the smoker!
  8. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I agree with all of the above, but I also slice my tomatoes in half and warm smoke them for a couple of hours before I put them in the pot.
  9. trikefreak

    trikefreak Smoke Blower

    Yep, some of my best chili has been mostly done in the smoker. I'll soak my beans overnight, toss them in the next morning. I'll do my peppers and meats as well, pick up a pound or two of alligator meat, you'll LOVE it in your chili after smoking in it's juices for a few hours! I've not tried tossing the whole pot of chili in the smoker, I usually make my chili in a 20 qt stock pan :)
  10. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yep , many here do it , as you see.  I have , but current Wife likes it of fresh Burger. [​IMG]  , but it great.
  11. bruno994

    bruno994 Master of the Pit

    Brisket point, smoked, then cubed, is outstanding in chili.  That fat renders out of the cubes and makes one good bowl of Texas red....I'll mix in a little chopped as well just to give the chili different, I want some now! 
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