Smoked chili - individual ingredients or entire pot?

Discussion in 'Beef' started by reens, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. I'm sorry, I really am, I looked through 4 pages of posts that were related to this but didn't come with much of an answer. I know it's partially a preference thing, but I'm curious to hear what worked for others and what didn't. 

    I'm planning on making a smoked chili this weekend. If I use ground beef and some pork cubes, do you think it's worth smoking those separately with the beans and then putting them into a crockpot, or just throw the whole thing in the smoker for a while? 

    Thank you in advance!
     
  2. thesmokist

    thesmokist Meat Mopper

    Smoked chili is a good idea might give that a try! I think just putting the whole pot in the smoker and occasionally stirring would be the easier way to go and you'd still achieve a good flavor and not have to put in all the extra work of smoking things individualyou and then adding them together but to each their own
     
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Depends on your goal...You want strong smoke? Spread out the meat and anything else you add and smoke at 200°F for a couple hours. Combine and finish the cook. For a lighter smoke flavor, put it all together in a large roasting pan and smoke at 225-300°F, stirring occasionally, until cooked and reduced to the thickness you like...JJ
     
  4. Perfect, exactly what I was looking for since I haven't done it before. Looks like I'll be spreading everything out separately in there. Thank you!!
     
  5. Did you smoke the beans?
     
  6. I have often thought about smoking beans for soups, but was thinking it might loose the flavor when i soak them as I change water 2-3 times.
     
  7. You're talking about dried beans? I haven't done it, but I would smoke them after they're done soaking and ready to be cooked. But I could be misunderstanding...
     
  8. I was thinking dried beans.
     
  9. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I won second place in a chili cook off with all the meat in the chili smoked, then added to the pot. The judges loved the smoked flavor.

    Al
     

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