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Smoked chili - individual ingredients or entire pot?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

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!

post #2 of 10
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
post #3 of 10

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

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

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!!

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by reens View Post

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!

Did you smoke the beans?
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post #7 of 10

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.

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

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...

post #9 of 10

I was thinking dried beans.

post #10 of 10

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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