Could my braised short rib chili recipe really be worth $1,000?

Could my braised short rib chili recipe really be worth $1,000?

I've been preparing for my quick trip to New Jersey for my father's birthday cookout all week. I haven't seen my family since February, and I am long overdue for a visit. Coming home wasn't on my mind, but after my pops' fifth suggestion, I realized he was insinuating that he missed me and wanted me to visit him for his birthday.

For his birthday, he's having a BBQ, which is one of my favorite types of parties. As we were talking he decided to run his menu by me:

  • jerk chicken
  • mac and cheese
  • smoked chicken
  • collard greens or some type of green
  • potato salad
  • ribs


In my mind, I am thinking that's not BBQ food, that is borderline Thanksgiving food. Then he tells me he's having a "Cook-Off," where the winner will win $1000 in cash, but I'm not allowed to participate.

Who could possibly win is this so-called cook-off if I am not allowed to participate?

My grandfather (who is a renowned chef on my mom's side) and my grandmother (his mom) are the only other "cooks" in my family. So I am not quite understanding how moi (that's me in french) is not invited to win the loot.

Of course, I protested and said, "that's some bs."

Now before I continue let me give you a backstory of our cooking relationship. My pops has a slight obsession with smoking food and smoked flavor which is why I am so drawn to it. However, he is soooooooooo traditional that anything outside of the normal is a no for him. I on the other hand, am the complete opposite I don't like traditional food it no longer impresses me.

Will I eat it because it's there? Absolutely but, it does nothing for my taste buds.

Over the years I have watched him grill and smoke his little heart out. Occasionally trying new things but never really taking that LEAP. Me? I'd smoke a cucumber if I thought it would taste good.

So imagine my face when he told me his boring birthday BBQ menu. So I've been calling him every day trying to convince him to add some excitement to his menu mainly because I want to win the money.

Sunday, I decided to appeal to his obsession and make a few things to see which one he gravitated to.

When I showed him this


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He said, "wow that looks good, what's that?"

Got cha'


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I plan on sneak making this smoked short rib chili and putting the pot in the middle of the table when he isn't paying attention. Then, I will swoop in and make a fast buck while everyone is raving about how amazing my chili is. The cookout is this weekend, I'll let you know how the competition goes.

Try my smoked short rib chili in the meantime.

This recipe is fairly easy and doesn't require a lot. If you don't have a smoker you can still get a really great smoked flavor with the ingredients in the recipe. If you have a smoker, season your short ribs, smoke them halfway and then add them to the chili.

Here is a list of the ingredients:

  • dark kidney beans
  • beef short ribs
  • sweet onions
  • green peppers
  • jalapeno (gutted and rinsed)
  • poblano peppers
  • tomato paste
  • a dash of brown sugar
  • sea salt
  • freshly cracked pepper
  • fresh cilantro
  • smoked hickory liquid
  • cloves garlic, finely chopped,
  • Stout or porter beer (I used Guinness!)
  • beef broth
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • adobo sauce with chipotle peppers
  • Lupita's "Street Taco" Seasoning
  • Lupita's "Aint Cho Average Chile" Rub


If you don't have Lupita's Seasoning here is an alternative🙄:

  • sea salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • chili powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • cumin
  • adobo sauce from chipotle peppers
  • fresh cilantro
  • onion powder
  • bay leaves
  • instant espresso coffee
  • brown sugar
  • Mexican oregano
  • smoked paprika
  • ancho chile powder
  • smoked hickory liquid
  • a few shakes of cayenne pepper


If you really want, you can braise the short ribs first, but the flavors can still seep into the short ribs and chili if you slow cook the chili without braising them first.

  • In a stew pot, season the short ribs and brown them.
  • Chop the peppers, onions, and cilantro into small pieces.
  • Add to the pot and cook until fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  • Liquify and add the chipotles in adobo sauce to the pot.
  • Next, add the beef broth, beer, 2-3 tablespoon tomato paste, a few dashes of liquid smoke, few dashes of Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons of espresso, and seasoning. Cook on low.
  • If you have fresh kidney beans you can add them now. If you have canned beans you can add them after the short ribs have cooked for about 90 mins.
  • Turn your pot on low, cover, and cook for about 3 hours. After 3 hours you will have fall of the bone Smoked Short Rib Chili.


Occasionally check your chili and season to taste. If the beans suck up the broth add more as you go.

I will keep you guys updated!

Let's see if this Braised Short Rib chili is thousand dollar chili!