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"Smokehouse Chili" with QView!!

Discussion in 'Beef' started by bluto, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. Well we had a chili cookoff the other night and I decided to kick up my usual recipe a notch or 5 by smoking the meat before hand.
    WOW, what a difference, it got rave reviews and was the favorite by far.

    I decided to make use of my Cabelas Jerky rack and pan, and it worked out great.

    The first thing I did was to separate the ground beef on the pan itself:

    Then I added the rack, tossed the meat cubes with the Montreal Steak Seasoning and added the beef and pork cubes to the actualy jerky screen above the ground beef:

    I smoked the meat for 1.5 hours at 225F using hickory, then sealed up in ziplocks overnight to let the flavors meld.

    I do wish I would have taken a pic as it came off the smoker because the color was beautiful, but it was late and I simply forgot.

    The next day I threw it all in the crock pot for 5 hours on high and it was AWESOME!

    And the money shot:

    And for those that want to try it, the recipe:

    Bluto's Smokehouse Chili

    2 pounds pork roast - trimmed and cut to 3/4" cubes
    1 pound ground beef - 90/10
    1 pound beef sirloin steaks - trimmed to 1lb, cut into 1" cubes
    1 whole large onions - roughly chopped
    6 cloves garlic - minced
    1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes
    1 14-ounce can peeled diced tomatoes
    3 cups beef broth
    2 cans diced hot green chile peppers - small cans
    1 can diced mild green chile peppers - small cans
    2 squares (1oz) bittersweet bakers chocolate
    3 tablespoons chili powder
    1 tablespoon smoked paprika
    1 tablespoon ground cumin
    1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
    1 tablespoon garlic salt
    1 tablespoon montreal steak seasoning

    The night before cooking, cut up the pork and sirloin and put in large bowl, add the Montreal Steak Seasoning and mix to coat evenly. Pull apart hamburger and place on a cookie sheet, place the meat in the smoker and smoke at 225F for 1.5 hours, then place in Ziploc until the next day.

    Take meat out of refrigerator and set aside. In a large skillet, saute the onions for about 5-8 minutes, add garlic and saute for another 5 minutes, add the hamburger and continue sauteing until the onions are just becoming translucent, then transfer to a warmed large crock pot. Add the remaining ingredients to the crock pot, stir, and set to high for 4-5 hours, 7-8 hours on low.

    Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese.


    UPDATE 11/6/13 - I made it again this weekend and it yields right at 3 quarts plus a small sample bowl.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2013
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  2. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    That's some Good looking chili!!! Thanks for the recipe!!!!
  3. I'm so going to try this it looks good
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Great looking chili! I agree that using smoked meat take sit up another level or two!!!
  5. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That is a chili you want when your chilly! Well done.

    Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Thanks all, I just remembered, I only used one pound of ground, I was going to try it with two next time, so I edited the recipe.
  7. Brad455, if you do try it, make sure you let us know one it goes.
  8. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I see the chocolate.... thats an interesting ingrediant...please explain cause Im curious.[​IMG]
  9. Hey Hoity Toit, I have found that it not only adds some needed unique sweetness to the profile, but also helps with the coloring. Depending on the dish, I personally like the flavors that the cocoa adds versus regular white or brown sugars. Give it a try sometime, see what you think.
  10. Great looking recipe.  One of the best batches of chili I have ever made was with my first piece of smoked brisket.  It came out really tough, so I cut it up into cubes and put it into the chili and let it cook nice and slow.  
  11. Looks really good! I've been smoking the meats and some of the tomatoes for quite a while now for my chili. I also add a touch of cinnamon to mine. 
  12. kathrynn

    kathrynn Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I add the cocoa to mine....and it adds a deeper color to the sauce.  Other wise mine looks like my spaghetti sauce.

    Also...I add just a little bit of sugar too.  I am not a tomato person...and it cuts the acid too.  BUT...that is only my opinion.

  13. rugsrme

    rugsrme Fire Starter

    Looks fantastic, I will try this next time I make chili!!
  14. I agree Kat, it does cut the acid. While the color is more tomato based looking, it does not have that acidic tomato flavor that some have. It has a nice, warm, smoky flavor to it, not too hot and not too sweet, I think it has a nice balance that pretty much anyone can enjoy, even my 7 year old likes it, and he's pretty finicky. :-)
    Personally I would like more spice, but my wife insisted I kept it kind of "neutral".
  15. Wow, I just noticed I made the banner, thanks! I am honored!
  16. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit

    Well deserved. . Great looking thread followed by a great dish... I love making different kinds of chilis.. so I have earmarked this one for the next batch to try.
  17. kerstingm

    kerstingm Meat Mopper

    This looks absolutely delicious, awesome idea on smoking the meat first, did you have any issues with the ground beef sticking together after smoking it? Also like the addition of the pork. Thank you for shearing the recipe, I have obtained some six pepper spice with ghost chillies as the base, and habaneros as a close second, then just bunch of other awesome ingredients I am not sure of, but it is awesome. I cannot wait for my first batch this year. After seeng this next weekend is looking really good.
  18. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    That is some good looking chili!

    Last time I made mine I used left over smoked pork butt and it was awesome!

    Nothing beats smoked meat in chili!

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  19. Looks and sounds amazing! I may have to borrow a thing or two from your recipe.
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  20. Hey kerstingm, not at all like I thought it would, it crumbled nicely into the crock pot. I like all kinds of peppers, and that spice sounds tasty!