Smoked Bourbon Chili

Recipe courtesy of Ricky Woolstenhulme, part of #BGETeamGreen.



  • 4 tablespoons (60 ml) olive oil, separated 
  • 2 lbs (0.9 kg) ground sirloin 
  • 1 lb (0.5 kg) Italian sausage 
  • onions, diced 
  • green bell pepper, seeded and diced 
  • red bell pepper, seeded and diced 
  • jalapeno chiles, seeded and finely chopped 
  • serrano chiles, seeded and finely chopped 
  • cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 1 28 oz. (829 g) can crushed tomatoes, with liquid 
  • 1 10 oz. (314 g) can rotel tomatoes 
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) tomato paste 
  • 1 15 oz. (457 g) can kidney beans, drained 
  • 1 15 oz. (457 g) can chili beans 
  • 1 15 oz. (457 g) can white beans, drained 
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) chili powder 
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) ancho chile powder 
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) ground cumin 
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) cocoa powder 
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) brown sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) ground cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) dried oregano 
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) Big Green Egg Ancho Chili & Coffee seasoning 
  • Tb Tabasco® Sauce 
  • 1 cup (240 ml) red wine 
  • 2 oz. (57 g) bourbon 
  • 2 cups (480 ml) beef broth 
  • bay leaves 
  • dried ancho chili peppers to float on top 



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Step 1

Set the EGG for indirect cooking with the convEGGtor at 350°F/176°C with 3 chunks of wood of your preference.

Step 2

Place cast iron Dutch Oven - Cast Iron on the EGG and add olive oil. Let it heat up for a few minutes. Add the ground sirloin and sausage and stir to break the meat up into small pieces. Cook for about 1 hour, stirring every 10-15 minutes. Remove Dutch oven from the EGG, drain the meat, and set aside.

Step 3

Return the Dutch Oven - Cast Iron to the EGG, add 2 more tbsp of olive oil and sauté onions, green and red peppers, jalapeños and serrano peppers for about 10 minutes. Add garlic and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and the meat. Cook, uncovered, for about 2-3 hours

Step 4

Remove bay leaves and dried chiles before serving.

Step 5

Note: If you do not like it spicy, omit or limit the amount of jalapeno and serrano chiles.

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