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Chili cook-off

Okay, so now I'm just plain bragging (sorry). Every year for the past 8, or 9, or so many, years, my church has had a "Chili cook-off", and every year I try to add something unique. For the first 2-3 years it was the HOTTEST chili (which was actually REALLY REALLY hot--and those of you who know me know that I can handle the heat (as long as it tastes good), and this was SO good, Hot, Sweet, a little tang, perfect!).. Anyway, then I went for the Vegan-side (no animals were harmed in the making of my chili), for about 5 years, and then this year I was just going for a good overall-best-type chili, and amazingly, mine took first place. Which was weird, because it was one of the most simple chilis I've ever made:
  • 18 bean mix (water)
  • a corned beef (yeah, I know, who knows where this stuff comes from, I was reading about boston baked beans, and was inspired, but didn't have any meat other than a corned beef--and surprise, surprise, it was AWESOME!!)
  • molasses
  • a little sugar and vinegar
  • Mesquite smoke flavor
  • salt
  • chili powder, cayenne
  • some diced tomatoes
  • and a whole lot of time (about 17 hours--who knows why I started it at around 1AM, I sure don't, but the cook-off was at 6PM, so there you have it).

    anyway it was surprisingly good, and the corned beef didn't add a 'strange' flavor, it just enhanced whatever the flavor was that I was going for. I told everyone it was shredded beef (okay, I didn't say shredded corned beef, but they can read my blog if they care that much), because I didn't want to reveal the 'secret', but now I just realize that it doesn't matter that much, it's just too good not to share, and I'm not revealing all the 'secret' details, just the ingredients, so have fun! :)

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