This was my first attempt at making chili, but since we were having a chili cook off for our annual Memorial Day cook out, I thought it would be fun to make and this recipe appealed to me. I made a few changes: I thought the use of Italian sausage was strange and substituted 1lb of cubed Andouille sausage instead and 1lb of cubed chuck roast. I fried 4 large strips of bacon, softened the vegetables in the bacon fat, then browned the chuck roast in the same pan and followed by the Andouille just to heat it up a bit. I started with about 1/4 of the chili powder and pepper sauce and increased the amount at the end as needed. Also used brown sugar instead of white and a bottle of IPA, 1 can of black beans, 1 can of kidney beans,and 1 can of chili beans. Stirred it up and placed in a slow cooker for 8 hrs. Let it cool down for a few hours and then back in the base let it reheat while adjusting the spiciness. I didn't tell anyone I had made chili and after a blind taste test by the crowd my chili was chosen the winner! I declined the prize however since as the host I thought it seemed a bit tacky to one up my guests. But thanks for the recipe. Definitely a keeper and people were asking for the recipe.
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This was my first attempt at making chili, but since we were having a chili cook off for our...