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Shay's Big Pot of Chili

2 pounds apple-wood-smoked bacon, diced into 1 inch squares
4 pounds spicy Italian pork sausage, removed from casings
6 pounds ground beef
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
3 red bell peppers, chopped
4 large onions, finely chopped
3 carrots, grated
8 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 cans (28 oz each) chili beans
6 lb 10 oz crushed tomatoes
6 lb 10 oz tomato sauce
2 cups ketchup
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
½ cup BBQ sauce
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
4 tablespoons red chili powder
2 tablespoons Sriracha chili sauce
2 ounces unsweetened baker’s chocolate
1 Parmesan rind
1. In a large pan, cook bacon until crispy; drain and add to a 3-gallon pot.
2. Drain off the bacon grease. Brown the sausage in the same pan; drain and add to the pot.
3. Drain off the fat from the pan again. Brown the ground beef; drain and add to the pot with the other meats.
4. Add all of the remaining ingredients and bring to a bubble, stirring periodically. Then, lower heat and simmer on low for at least 6 hours.
5. Serve with chili toppings if you’d like (shredded cheese, sour cream, green onion or chives), Frito scoops, quesadillas, or bread bowl.

Carolina Cooker products used during this episode:

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