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  • toddnjoyce

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    I wanna add some brisket to my chili recipe.

    Maybe some pork butt too.

    That would be heart chili.

    Replace the beef with brisket.
    Replace one of my sausage with butt.

    Brisket is beef. I generally do a 1:1 ratio of beef, game, and and a third protein that’s dependent on the game. Feral hog usually gets offset with lamb, venison/elk/bison w/chorizo. HEB sells 1lb pkgs of ground brisket and it works just fine.

    The protein combo drives the chili and spice mix.
     

    Sasquatch

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    Brisket is really over priced. Watch for Chuck or shoulder roast to go on sale, & cook them as a pot roast then shred.
    Pork butt smoked & pulled
    Chili meat has its pros & cons. I never seen chili meat until I became a meat cutter. Never seen it before Texas.

    We used to get "chili meat" from the grocery store (Winco Foods - those up in the DFW area have them now, they have not made it down to the Houston area yet) we shopped at in Oregon - I'd never seen it at any other grocer growing up. Safeway started selling the stuff occasionally. We almost never actually used it for chili - it'd usually cook it up and put it in spaghetti, or use it for finer sliced stew meat. Occasionally make "loose meat" sandwhiches with it, or tacos.
     

    baboon

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    We used to get "chili meat" from the grocery store (Winco Foods - those up in the DFW area have them now, they have not made it down to the Houston area yet) we shopped at in Oregon - I'd never seen it at any other grocer growing up. Safeway started selling the stuff occasionally. We almost never actually used it for chili - it'd usually cook it up and put it in spaghetti, or use it for finer sliced stew meat. Occasionally make "loose meat" sandwhiches with it, or tacos.
    Before I taped out of work they wanted all trimmings diced up fine then ran through the tenderizer. I would buy it if I made it and I liked if for lots of different things. Running meat through a tenderizer was never something I liked for the build up of meat protein & bacteria.
     

    FNORD

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    A slight drift...

    I only use Mexican beer in my chili. Carta Blanca preferred, otherwise light(colored) over medium over dark with the exclusion of Tecate and Corona.

    Never used water.

    If I don’t use a blend of dried ground chilies I use Carroll Shelby’s Chili Mix adding a good chili powder and cayenne, about half a jar of each or equivalent each.

    My only sacrilege is Rotel Tomatoes.

    Masa is a proctological nuisance to keep around just for chili.
     
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    baboon

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    A slight drift...

    I only use Mexican beer in my chili. Carta Blanca preferred, otherwise light(colored) over medium over dark with the exclusion of Tecate and Corona.

    Never used water.

    If I don’t use a blend of dried ground chilies I use Carroll Shelby’s Chili Mix adding a good chili powder and cayenne, about half a jar of each or equivalent each.

    My only sacrilege is Rotel Tomatoes.

    Masa is a proctological nuisance to keep around just for chili.
    We made chili in Africa using Carroll Shelby's Chili Mix and a rhinosurus sirloin. Drunken South African PH ruined it by stiring it then laying the spoon in the sand.

    He neither liked Americans nor Texans. I'm pretty sure he was one of those displace white guys who had a great job until they introduced his replacement he had two weeks to train before being cut loose. Typical kind drunk that ended up eating a dangerous game round.
     

    PinnedandRecessed

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    Running meat through a tenderizer was never something I liked for the build up of meat protein & bacteria.
    Bringing back memories of my youth. I used to clean/sanitize the meat dept. at a Kroger back in the day. I got to dissemble the tenderizer and band saws every night. It was shit work but it allowed me free reign for most of the night and I liked the cold working conditions (especially in the summer). Good times.
     

    baboon

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    Bringing back memories of my youth. I used to clean/sanitize the meat dept. at a Kroger back in the day. I got to dissemble the tenderizer and band saws every night. It was shit work but it allowed me free reign for most of the night and I liked the cold working conditions (especially in the summer). Good times.
    Could you take apart the band saw apart one handed so you didn't have to set the the hose you were cleaning with?

    I stared out using a power sprayer & Clorox bleach. The power sprayer would blow seals if you didn't shut them down completely between spraying the waiting on customers.

    I seen so many stupid cleaning systems that either didn't work right or they always ran out of degreaser and sanitizer. Or the lazy guys who didn't rinse the degreaser and all the meat that touched the block would be ruined.

    A couple of store after getting remodel they found the contractors had dumped tile grout and other crap no one would dump in the floor drain down them.

    Worked in a lot of filthy shit holes too. Towards the end when the bone cans were not getting picked up on a regular basis to save money. What a sad nasty joke.
     

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