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BBQ My Way

March 14, 2013

BBQ My Way: Just what truly qualifies as chili?


The only exceptions are canned or bottled tomatoes, tomato sauce, peppers, pepper sauce, beverages, broth and grinding and/or mixing of spices. Meat may be treated, pre-cut or ground. The ICS does not prefer one over the other. Meat may not be pre-cooked, in any manner. All other ingredients must be chopped or prepared during the preparation period.

I think one of the reasons I am a foodie is that very few topics bring out as many strongly held opinions as food. As an example, I believe any kind of pasta in chili is a travesty, while others wouldn't think of serving chili without noodles. And if you ever intend to perturb a true BBQ purest, use the term “BBQ” as a verb, as in “I am going to BBQ some meat tonight.” That's like fingernails on a chalkboard.

How did I do? I didn't place, which explains the title of this column. But, there is always the opportunity for joyful redemption right around the corner in the world of food. I noticed there is a “Derby Burger Challenge” presented by the organization that promotes beef. It is in search of the “perfect burger” for The Kentucky Derby. Do I prepare the perfect burger? I think so, but I suppose we will find out soon enough. More than likely another humbling experience.



Dave Lobeck is a barbecue chef from Sellersburg, Ind., who writes a column for CNHI News Service. Visit his website at

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