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Christmas Prime Rib On a Pellet Smoker



“And he, he himself…the Grinch…carved the roast-beast!” ― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Roast Beast is a Christmas staple. Whole turkey, sweet ham, crown roast, beef tenderloin all qualify as the beast in need of roasting, but for me, the king of all Roast Beast is prime rib. My entire life, I have never cooked anything other than breakfast on Christmas or Christmas Eve, but in 2020, due to an in-law being Covid positive and my son having flu like symptom (Covid negative though), we stayed home for both days and thus it was my turn to roast the beast. It was the first year that we didn’t celebrate those two holidays with anyone other than my immediate family which is my wife and four kids.

I decided I was going to do a bone in prime rib on my Green Mountain Grills pellet cooker. I have a number of amazing grills on my deck. What made me decide to do it on that particular grill? Simple. The high was going to be 30 degrees that day. And since we had such a large breakfast we had a late dinner. By the time I finished cooking the outside temps were in the teens. I’m all for grilling year round, but when it’s in the teens, I might skip a day around the pit. With the mobile app on my phone, I could put the roast on the grill and monitor it entirely from next to my warm fireplace as well as raise or lower the temp of my grill without having to step outside.

First things first, I had to source the beast. For this I enlisted the help of Hassell Cattle Company and their blue collar wagyu – amazing beef that doesn’t break the bank. I’ve never been disappointed with what I’ve gotten from them. I ordered a four bone prime rib roast. Not because we need that much for one meal. Because I have four kids and thus every one of them could get a bone because daddy has taught them that the best meat is right by the bone. Also, the remainder turned into a second meal a couple days later so not an ounce went to waste.

What a beautiful Hassell Cattle Company cut of beef
Now that we have secured the roast, time to trim it. I took most of the thick fat off the back side:

Try to take as little of the steak off as possible. I’m not doing a great job in this shot
I’m doing a much better job in this shot
Then I trimmed the meat from around the bones which makes for a pretty presentation:

Trimming the bones can be maddening. Just when you think all the meat has been carved away you see a little sliver that has to come off. And more and more and more. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just get the bulk of it.
Trimmed prime rib, bones and all:

Fat trimmed off and the bones exposed
Then I seasoned the standing rib roast with a HEALTHY dose of salt and pepper:

Lay that salt on THICK! And it is okay to use coarse or kosher salt.
Why such a healthy dose of S&P? Simply put, the meat to exterior ratio is pretty high with a prime rib. We get a lot of steak in the middle, but not as much of the crust on the outside so I prefer to pile on the flavor to really make those bites pop. Basically, lots of red meat, but not a lot of flavor crust. So load up that flavor crust.

Here you can also remove the bones, or partially remove them, and tie them back on before cooking. I prefer to let the prime rib cook with the bones completely intact and remove them after the beef is ready to serve. This is simply personal preference. Make sure to save the trimming for soups, stews and chili.

Now that we have the prime rib trimmed and seasoned, time to bring some extra flavor to it. All a standing rib roast really needs is salt, pepper and some garlic and you can absolutely do just that with this. If that’s the plan, just skip ahead to the Grilling Instructions. For my prime rib here, I covered it with herbs and garlic. I used basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary and tarragon along with garlic and olive oil and a little salt. Why did I use these herbs? Because those were the ones that looked the freshest at my local grocer. I would’ve liked to have used some thyme in there, but this is what I had.

Christmas Prime Rib Ingredients:
4 bone prime rib (approximately 10 lbs pre trim weight)

1/4 cup fresh basil, stems removed

1/2 cup fresh cup marjoram, stems removed

3/4 cup fresh oregano, stems removed

1/4 cup fresh rosemary, stems removed

1/4 cup fresh tarragon, stems removed

1/2-3/4 cup garlic cloves, brown bases removed

1/4-1/2 cup olive oil

1 healthy pinch of salt

Garlic, herbs, steak and olive oil. What more do you need?
Combine all the ingredients (except the prime rib) in a food processor and blend into a smooth paste. I have estimates on the garlic and olive oil because I needed to sort of eye ball it as I was blending. I had to add oil three times until I was happy with the consistency:

Pulse until smooth
Scrape from the sides and add oil as needed to blend thoroughly
That’s the consistency I am looking for
It’s simply a matter of spreading the garlic and herb paste onto the roast. To make this process a little easier, go grab a couple those disposable aluminum pans. Double them up because one will collapse with even a two bone standing rib roast. Place the prime rib in the doubled up pans and slather on the garlic and herbs. Start with the bone side, because that will be down in the pan during the cook, and then cover the rest:

Slather that garlic and herbs on the beef
Then put the roast in the fridge for a few hours or as long as overnight. The salt that was put on first will act as a wet brine and transfer some of that garlic and herb flavor into the meat. The next day (or after a few hours) remove the pan from the fridge for at least 2 hours, if not four to come up to room temp. This will greatly decrease cooking times. I forgot to pull mine out before I went up for a nap on Christmas Day (after all the revelry of presents and such) and so the prime rib went on the grill at about 35 degrees at 5:20 pm. It wasn’t finished cooking until 8:35. Remember, always cook to temp, not time. So while these times were for me taking it straight from the fridge to the grill, if you let it come up to room temp on the counter, it will take considerably less.

Here is mine out of the fridge with all the oil congealed from the cold temps of the fridge:

The garlic and herb crusted prime rib out of the fridge
Grilling Instructions:
Since my prime rib was going on so cold, I started the Green Mountain Grill off pretty low at 225F:

Ready to go into the pellet smoker
After about 30 minutes, the oil had warmed up and liquified so I raised the temps to 275 (all from the app on my phone!):

Notice that I also put in two probes? When dealing with such an amazing piece of beef and on a pretty special occasion, I wanted to make sure I got it absolutely perfect
Then after another 30 minutes I went up to 325 and after another 30 minutes I ultimately put it at 375 until it reached 110 internal at which point I kicked it up to 550F. Here we have the prime rib at about 75F internal:

Coloring up nicely
And here we the prime rib roasting in a 550F degree pellet smoker:

The crust is taking hold along the outside
And here she is, ready to come off the grill:

120 is just perfect in my book
Yes, that’s a third meat thermometer. OK, I might’ve overdone it a bit with the temp probes, but I think you will see the effort was worth it. All my temp gauges were within a couple degrees of each other so at the same time I cooked this prime rib, I validated the temps of my two built in probes to be accurate.

I pulled the pans out and stood the prime rib up to snap this shot:

Please rise for the taking of the picture
Then I brought the Hassell Cattle Company roast beast inside to rest:

And here’s a closer shot:

I can still smell it and my mouth is watering just thinking about it
After a full thirty minute rest, I carved this magnificent beast. I started by cutting lengthwise behind the bones down along their curve until the knife comes out the bottom and the whole rack comes clean off. Then I carved off a slice of that perfect prime rib:

Have you seen a prettier sight on Christmas? I haven’t!
On the end cuts the outside edges are a little more done, but the middle was coast to coast glorious redness. The freshness of the herbs, the sweetness of the garlic, the umami of the beef and fat all came together in a beautiful mouthful. A little horseradish sauce really brings the dish full circle. Oh, I almost forgot to show the very pronounced smoke ring:

How’s that smoke action look?
Now if you would like to prepare this roast a little more well done, simply take it higher before cranking the grill up to 550F. Just go about 10-15 degrees shy of your preferred steak temp and then crank it up. Just remember, that the meat on the ends will be more done than the middle.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below or shoot me an email.

Also, this post has the look and feel of a sponsored post. But truth be told, neither Green Mountain Grills nor Hassell Cattle Company paid me a dime for this post. They’re just good people with fantastic products. Check them out.

Save Print Christmas Prime Rib On a Pellet Smoker Author: Scott Thomas Recipe type: Entree Cuisine: Christmas Dinner Prep time:  20 mins Cook time:  180 mins Total time:  3 hours 20 mins   Prime rib slathered in garlic and herbs, slow smoked in a Green Mountain Grills pellet smoker, then blasted with 550 degrees to finish off for the perfect Christmas dinner Ingredients 4 bone prime rib (approximately 10 lbs pre trim weight) ¼ cup fresh basil, stems removed ½ cup fresh cup marjoram, stems removed ¾ cup fresh oregano, stems removed ¼ cup fresh rosemary, stems removed ¼ cup fresh tarragon, stems removed ½-3/4 cup garlic cloves, brown bases removed ¼-1/2 cup olive oil 1 healthy pinch of salt Instructions Trim the thick fat off the back of the prime rib and carve off the meat from the top couple inches of the rib bones Season liberally with salt and pepper Combine the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth Coat all sides of the meat with the garlic and herb concoction Place the standing rib roast in the fridge overnight Remove from the fridge and place in a 225F smoker After 30 minutes, raise the temp to 275 then to 325 after another 30 minutes Raise it to 375 after another 30 minutes and leave it there until the prime rib comes to 10-15 short of the desired doneness Then, crank up the heat to 550 to finish off the roast beast Remove from the heat and let rest for 30 minutes Carve off the bones and then slice and serve

Author informationScott ThomasScott Thomas, the Original Grillin’ Fool, was sent off to college with a suitcase and a grill where he overcooked, undercooked and burned every piece of meat he could find. After thousands of failures, and quite a few successes, nearly two decades later he started a website to show step by step, picture by picture, foolproof instructions on how to make great things out of doors so that others don’t have to repeat the mistakes he’s made on the grill.

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Introducing Picanha (Fat Cap Sirloin Roast)



The French call it culotte, which means something like “britches.” Here in America, we know it as fat cap top sirloin. (Other names for this singular cut include rump cover, rump cap, and sirloin cap.)

But the cut reaches its apotheosis in Brazil, where it goes by the name of picanha (pronounced pee-CAHN-ya). Generations of gauchos and grill masters have raised the preparation, grilling, and degustation of this extraordinarily flavorful meat to the level of art.

Picanha, named after a pole used by Spanish and Portuguese farmers to herd cattle, comes from top of the rump—a triangular steak-like roast with a big beefy flavor that’s inversely proportional to its affordable price tag. What makes it so extraordinary is the thick cap of fat butchers leave on the top of the roast. Said fat melts and crisps during the cooking, basting the rich lean meat with fatty goodness. Picanha (NAMP number 1184D) can be difficult to find. Which was why I was amenable to trying a sample from Holy Grail, an artisanal company that sources upper Prime meats –meats that are typically available only to restaurants.

Brazilians have devised an ingenious way to cut and grill picanha. They slice it crosswise (with the grain) into 2-inch strips, which they curl into C-shapes and thread onto rotisserie spits. The seasonings are kept simple: salt and only salt prior to cooking; farofa (toasted cassava flour) and molho de companha (fiery country salsa) by way of optional accompaniments.

The skewers spin over a hot charcoal fire, the fat from the top skewer dripping onto the picanha below it. Once browned on the outside, the meat is paraded through the dining room on a spit to be carved directly onto patrons’ plates. The uncooked meat in the center is returned to the rotisserie for more grilling. The beauty of this system? Everyone gets an end cut.

When I cook picanha, I like to roast it on the rotisserie, but instead of slicing it into strips, I grill it whole. This is quicker and easier than the Brazilian method and it keeps the meat nice and juicy.

I also like to “hedgehog” the fat cap—score the surface in a deep crosshatch pattern. This helps render some of the fat and crisp what remains.

For seasoning (and for extra flavor), I use a brisket rub in the style of Texas Hill Country brisket: equal parts sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper, with garlic and onion powder for pungency and oregano and hot pepper flakes for oomph.

Meat prices are rising this holiday season—along with everything else. Want to serve an impressive, richly flavorful roast—without busting your budget? Picanha is your ticket.

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Title: Introducing Picanha (Fat Cap Sirloin Roast)
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Oven Baked BBQ Pork Chops



When's the last time you sank your teeth into a simple oven-baked BBQ pork chop? But, can a pork chop in the oven actually have good flavor and still be juicy and tender? Yes, and this quick weeknight recipe is the no-fuss rescue the sheet pan chops been begging for.

This post was sponsored by  Head Country Barbecue. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Oven-baked pork chops bring back memories of shake-and-bake dinners with boil-in-a-bag veggies paired alongside (and trust me, as a kid, I loved that every veggie came with a cheese sauce). But, the meat was always dry and tough and as an adult, I went to the tenderloin for flavor on busy nights.

But, the standards exist for a reason. So, I wanted to see if giving this old-school dinner an update could succeed with the ease of those box kits but better with quick cook time, tender pork, and tons of flavor.

With a simple rub and a quick barbecue baste, this recipe checked all the boxes. These are not your mama's pork chops. They are so much better.

What you need to make this recipe

This is a basic ‘what I've got in the pantry' recipe. All you need is:

  • Bone-in pork chops – about an inch thick
  • Brown sugar
  • Salt
  • Paprika – add smoked paprika for a sublte touch of smoked flavor
  • Cumin
  • Ground black pepper
  • Hot and Spicy Head Country Bar-b-Que Sauce – The heat cuts the sweet from the brown sugar.

For the added Quick Spicy Pecans

  • Brown sugar
  • Salt 
  • Cayenne
  • jalapeno infused olive oil – you can swap regular olive oil for this
  • water

How to make oven baked bbq pork chops

This recipe comes together quickly. So grab everything you need to make sure you pull it off seamlessly and don't over cook the pork.

First preheat the oven and prep a baking sheet with foil.

Rub the pork with the brown sugar and spices and place on the baking sheet.

Bake the chops until they reach 130 F internally, just 15 minutes or so depending on the thickness of the chops.

Then, pull the chops from the oven and set it to broil.

Baste the chops in a thick layer of barbecue sauce and add the pecans before placing under the broiler.

Broil both sides, flipping once, until the BBQ sauce is tacky and the pork reaches 140.

Next, let the pork rest to reach 145F and make the quick spicy pecans.

Whisk the brown sugar, spices, oil and water in a small saucepan and allow to just begin to bubble before adding the pecans in to coat.

Lastly, turn the pecans out to cool before a rough chop.

Finally, serve the bbq pork chops with your favorite sides and garnish with the chopped pecans over top as garnish.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

Can I use boneless chops?

Yes, if you have boneless chops, you can absolutely use them. Boneless meat cooks quicker than bone in, so adjust your cook time accordingly.

Can I change the bbq sauce?

Swap the Hot and Spicy Bar-b-q sauce for their original or hickory smoke if you're worried about too much heat. Or, if you're feeling bold try their chipotle bbq sauce.

Can I make these ahead of time?

No, these pork chops are best served fresh. if you don't finish them all right after they are cooked, consider slicing them thin and using them in a toasted sandwich or omelet the next day. Every time you reheat the pork chop though, you'll be cooking it further and loosing the juices.

Serving suggestions

Pair these chops with creamy mashed potatoes, blanched green beans, or my favorite smoked brussels sprouts. The crunch from the pecans go well with each of these too.

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Oven-Baked BBQ Pork Chops

Juicy tender oven baked chops slathred in spicy bbq sauce and topped with quick spicy pecans for a bonus crunch. This recipe pays homage to my childhood memories of sheet pan pork chops with modern updates!

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time20 mins

Resting Time5 mins

Servings: 4

Calories: 547kcal

For the Quick Spicy Pecans:

Prep the chops

  • Preheat the oven to 425F.

  • Pat the chops dry and line a baking sheet with foil.

  • Place the chops on the baking sheet.

  • Whisk the brown sugar, salt, paprika, cumin, and pepper together in a small bowl.

  • Pat the brown sugar-spice mixture all over the chops on both sides.

Bake the Pork Chops

  • Bake for 15 minutes until the pork reaches 135 degrees F.

  • Remove from oven, and set the oven to broil. Move the rack to the second highest slot.

Broil the Pork Chops

  • Baste the chops in Head Country hot and spicy sauce, coating both sides.

  • Add the pecans around the pork, and place under the broiler.

  • Cook for 2 minutes.

  • Remove from the oven, flip the pork chops.

  • Return to the oven and broil another 2 to 4 minutes, until sauce is tacky and pork chops temp at 140F.

  • Let rest, covered, for 5 minutes. The pork should rise to 145F while resting.

  • Place the pecans in a small bowl.

Make the Quick Spicy Pecans

  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan whisk together the brown sugar, salt, and cayenne with the jalapeno-infused olive oil and water.

  • Set over medium heat until the sugar just begins to bubble.

  • Add the pecans that you toasted with the pork chops and stir to coat.

  • Allow the brown sugar to just bubble as you stir the pecans to coat.

  • Turn them out onto parchment paper in a single layer.

  • The pecans will quickly become tacky.

  • Once they are dry, give them a rough chop.

You can use boneless pork chops for this recipe as well, reduce the time to 10-12 minutes of baking for chops under 1” thick and adjust as needed for thicker chops.

Depending on where your oven racks sit in proximity to the broiler, adjust the time as needed to finish the cook on the meat and set the sauce.

This recipe calls for jalapeno-infused olive oil. Swap with regular olive oil if needed. 

If you're worried about the Hot and Spicy being too much for your family, try Head Country original sauce instead. Alternatively, for a bold smokey flavor, try their Chipotle sauce. 

Nutrition Facts

Oven-Baked BBQ Pork Chops

Amount Per Serving (1 g)

Calories 547
Calories from Fat 243

% Daily Value*

Fat 27g42%

Saturated Fat 9g56%

Trans Fat 1g

Polyunsaturated Fat 4g

Monounsaturated Fat 11g

Cholesterol 205mg68%

Sodium 748mg33%

Potassium 1045mg30%

Carbohydrates 9g3%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 9g10%

Protein 62g124%

Vitamin A 145IU3%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 68mg7%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Dutch Oven Brisket Chili with my Secret Ingredient




Dutch Oven Brisket Chili with my Secret Ingredient – OK, truth be told, I have two secret ingredients for my chili. Well, after this post, one of them will still be secret. The second one I’m sharing with the world. Why? Because we all need a leg up on the chili competition. Everyone thinks they make the best chili. Usually because we make it for crowds and everyone, after having a free bowl of chili, lauds us with how great the chili is. But we know, in our heart of hearts, that our chili is indeed the best chili and it’s because of the care we take in protecting the secret we slide in when no one is looking. And no, that secret ingredient is not love, or chocolate, or a cup of bourbon (even tho all of those things make fine additions to any pot of this reddish brown deliciousness). No, my secret ingredient is Worcestershire sauce. Before you wrinkle your nose at that because your secret ingredient is way better, just keep in mind I don’t use that thin, watery stuff that could just as easily be soy sauce or teriyaki to even the keenest of culinary eyes. No, I use the thick, gooey Worcestershire sauce simply known as W Sauce because spelling and pronouncing Worcestershire is pretty darn difficult, even more so after a couple adult beverages. In fact, after 2 said libations, everyone who tries to say Worcestershire sounds like someone who hasn’t been sober a single day in 30 years. Seriously, give it a try. 

Also, let’s talk about chili in general. It’s not rocket surgery. It’s meat, tomato sauce, beans and chili powder. Yes, chili has beans in it. It was invented in the northern regions of Mexico and it most definitely had beans. If you don’t like beans in chili, great, skip the beans. That doesn’t mean they don’t belong or that I am wrong for wanting beans in mine. It means you like it a different way which is perfectly OK, just don’t argue about it. Only an idiot would argue that the way he prefers to eat something is some how superior over someone else’s preference. Unless of course you like a well done steak. In that case you deserve the ridicule. JK. I don’t care. So this is a pretty basic recipe, but with a few tricks to make it better than most. Use the tricks and tips on your recipe if you like. And always make brisket chili if you can. It’s head and shoulders above ground beef.

Dutch Oven Brisket Chili Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion, rough chopped, with a few slices reserved
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2.5 pounds of leftover brisket, cubed into big chunks
  • 30 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 packet of premade chili mix
  • The reserved onion sliced razor thin
  • 6 oz W Sauce (American’s Worcestershire Sauce), divided
  • 15 oz dark red kidney beans. drained
  • 15 oz black beans, drained
  • 15 oz white  kidney/cannellini beans(sub navy beans), drained
  • 1 small can or tube of tomato paste to thicken (optional)

Let’s start off with portions here. Most of you go by whatever the back of that little packet of premade chili sauce. Which is 1 lb of ground beef. I like my chili meaty. Sorry. I like my chili MEATY! Like I can’t stress it enough how meaty I like my chili. I need that guy who narrates the Arby’s commercials or maybe James Earl Jones to say it in their rich baritone voices to give it justice. You can hear them in your head right now, can’t you?!?!

I also don’t like to go light on the beans, nor do I like to stick to one variety of beans. Get creative. Go with some different colors and kinds. There’s no wrong answer here. I go with dark red kidney beans, black beans and white beans. More beans means thicker chili, just make sure to drain them. We want the beans and not the sauce. 

Start by dropping the dutch oven into some nest of hot coals with the coals a few inches away from the outer edge of the cast iron pot. At first I put the pot right in the coals. I poured some oil in there, turned my back to chop the brisket and the oil burst into flames. I’ll show the coal arrangement and a little about fire management in a minute. For this cook, I used the Hooray Grill:

For the brisket, truth be told this is not my brisket. I went to a friend’s BBQ restaurant and ordered a chunk of brisket. 2.5 pounds to be exact and I chunked it up:

The brisket needs no seasoning. It was already seasoned when it was cooked. 

Once the dutch oven gets to around 350 go ahead and add the oil:

And then add the onion:

Tip #1:. Pour the meat on top of the onion. 

Tip 2: Add 4 ounces of the 6 ounces of W Sauce and close the lid:

Brisket Chili

Let the onion steam up through the beef and let the W Sauce infuse into the fibers of the brisket. I call it the White Castle or Krystal effect (depending on your region). It hyper infuses the onion and W Sauce flavor into the brisket. Do this if you go with hamburger or cubed pork loin, or sirloin or whatever.

Once the meat is warmed up and the onion is translucent, drop in the tomato sauce:

Brisket Chili

And here you can see the fire management. The hot coals are a few inches away from the pot:

Brisket Chili

Pay attention to that fire. Every so often, you will need to add a handful of coals here and there. When, and how much is totally a feel thing. I suggest some nitrile gloves because doing this with lump charcoal and tongs is not easy. 

Tip #3: Now that onion I reserved from the stuff I rough chopped I’m going to slice razor thin:

If you can’t see the knife blade through the onion, you are slicing it too thick:

Then finely mince that down to practically nothing. We want that onion to melt into the sauce. So add about 1/4 cup of finely, finely minced onion and the chili powder into the Dutch oven:

Brisket Chili

Now stir it in:

Brisket Chili

Let that cook for a couple hours and thicken up, concentrating those flavors.

Tip #4: Drain the beans:

We want the brisket and the beans to be the show here. If we dump in all the sauce from the beans then the sauce that is in and around the brisket and beans will be the star. That’s not my goal. I want to go subtle on seasoning because I’m using great ingredients. If I were using boring hamburger I would need the sauce to shine. But already cooked brisket is magical by itself. Let it shine. 

Brisket Chili

Since I was doing a photo shoot, I poured all my beans in at once. If I were making this for my family (rather than a camera), I would only pour in the kidney and black beans right now. The white beans are softer and can turn to mush if allowed to simmer to long. Which brings us to:

Tip #5: Reserve the white beans until about 30 minutes before serving. Allow the red and black beans to simmer in the sauce but add the white beans at the end. 

Finally, add the remaining 2 ounces of W Sauce and stir it through.

Now just let it simmer with the lid cocked off to the side to allow water vapor to escape, and let it thicken:

Brisket Chili

For me, I do not want my chili soupy. That’s bean soup with meat added. It should mound on a spoon like this:

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If you need to serve your chili and it hasn’t cooked down enough, add some of that tomato paste in. It will help. 

I didn’t list any accoutrements for adding to the chili after it’s served. You know better what you and your crew like. I added some rings of baby bell peppers for some color and some crunch. A little sour cream, shredded cheese (not the stuff from the package but shredded myself), green onions, some oyster crackers and a little more W Sauce for everyone. And for me personally, a little hot sauce. 

Brisket Chili

And if you have a soup crock, that always helps in presentation:

Brisket Chili

So if you want to take your chili to the next level and keep that improvement to yourself, I give you the W Sauce:

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OK, to sum up, here are my tips:

Tip #1:. Pour the meat on top of the onion and close the lid. Let the onion steam up through the brisket.

Tip #2: Add the secret ingredient – W Sauce. 

Tip #3: Slice some onion razor thin so it melts into the chili.

Tip #4: Drain the beans.

Tip #5: Reserve the white beans until about 30 minutes before serving.

You can do this recipe word for word, step by step and it will make great chili. But maybe you have a killer recipe already and you want to adapt a couple of these tips/tricks to your method. Either way works. I hope you learned at least one new trick/tip today.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below or send me an email. 

W Sauce did not pay me to make this post. I discovered their sauce and love it a ton. Help out a small business and check them out yourself. One bit of warning. There’s no going back to the thin, watery stuff. I have another post with their sauce. Check it out here. 

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Dutch Oven Brisket Chili with my Secret Ingredient
Author: Scott Thomas
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Chili
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Dutch Oven Brisket Chili cooked over open fire and infused with my secret ingredient.
  • 1 large onion, rough chopped, with a few slices reserved
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2.5 pounds of leftover brisket, cubed into big chunks
  • 30 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 packet of premade chili mix
  • The reserved onion sliced razor thin
  • 6 oz W Sauce (American's Worcestershire Sauce), divided
  • 15 oz dark red kidney beans. drained
  • 15 oz black beans, drained
  • 15 oz white kidney/cannellini beans(sub navy beans), drained
  • 1 small can or tube of tomato paste to thicken (optional)

  1. Set the Dutch Oven near the coals and get the pot above 350 but no higher than 400
  2. Drizzle the oil in and then layer the bottom of the pan with the onion
  3. Then top with the brisket and 4 ounces of the W Sauce and close the lid and let the onions and W sauce steam the beef
  4. Once the onion is translucent and the brisket has warmed up, add the tomato sauce and stir it through
  5. Slice the reserved onion razor thin and then finely mince and add to the dutch oven along with the chili powder packet
  6. Set the lid on top a bit askew to allow the steam to escape
  7. Drain the liquid off the beans and add the red kidney and black beans and stir them through
  8. Add the the remaining W sauce and blend completely
  9. About 30 minutes before serving, add the white kidney beans and mix them in, closing the lid but leaving a gap for the steam to escape
  10. Once the chili has thickened, serve with whatever accoutrements you wish

And here are some more pics that didn’t make the recipe but are pretty enough for Pinterest!



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Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas, the Original Grillin’ Fool, was sent off to college with a suitcase and a grill where he overcooked, undercooked and burned every piece of meat he could find. After thousands of failures, and quite a few successes, nearly two decades later he started a website to show step by step, picture by picture, foolproof instructions on how to make great things out of doors so that others don’t have to repeat the mistakes he’s made on the grill.

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