Ask a Chef: Half Smoke Chili Recipe – Perfect for Hot Dogs & Sausages

June 25, 2014

ChiliDogsEvery week one of our chefs answers your toughest culinary questions on KSL’s Ask a Chef. Email your questions to askachef@harmonsgrocery.com.

This question comes from Bobby:

“My kids love hot dogs, but my wife and I are getting bored serving the same old hot dogs with ketchup and mustard. How can I jazz up hot dogs for our summer barbecues?”

When the weather heats up there is definitely something nostalgic about a hot dog fresh off the grill. Basic hot dogs with ketchup and mustard are delicious, but sometimes it is fun to mix it up.

One of the best ways to spruce up your hot dogs is with a killer chili recipe. Here is my favorite recipe inspired by the famous Chili Half Smokes from Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington D.C.:

Half Smoke Chili Recipe for Hot Dogs & Sausages
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Half Smoke Chili Ingredients
  1. 1 Harmons Beef Spoon Roast
  2. 1 sweet onion small diced
  3. 1 tablespoon chili powder
  4. 1 tablespoon Guajillo chili powder (you can use your favorite chili powder)
  5. 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  6. 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  9. 1 clove minced garlic
  10. 2/3 cup tomato paste
  11. 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  12. 2 tablespoons butter or canola oil
  13. 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  14. 3 cups beef or chicken stock
  15. Kosher salt to taste
Half Smoke Chili Directions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. 2. Remove plastic and place spoon roast in roasting pan (keeping roast wrapped in butcher paper).
  3. 3. Cook roast at 250 degrees for 2 hours per pound.
  4. 4. Remove roast from oven, unwrap and let cool for 5 minutes.
  5. 5. Sweat onions on medium heat in a little oil in a medium sauté pan with a pinch or two of salt.
  6. 6. Shred or chop roast into small pieces and add it to the onions.
  7. 7. Add half of the dry spices and mix with meat and onions and cook for a few minutes.
  8. 8. Add tomato paste and garlic and cook into beef for several minutes.
  9. 9. You will start to get a paste sticking to your pan -- deglaze (cook off what is sticking to the bottom of the pan) with vinegar and cook down for a few minutes, then remove from heat.
  10. 10. In a medium to large sauce pot heat oil or butter and add flour and reserved dry spices and cook for a few minutes until you have a nice paste.
  11. 11. Slowly whisk in reserve stock from roast and your remaining cup and cook until it reduces by half.
  12. 12. Add in your cooked meat and onion mix and continue to cook on medium to low while stirring until it is thickened enough to dress a hot dog.
  13. 13. Season to taste with salt and pepper and cool. For best flavor let it sit overnight in the fridge.
Half Smoke Chili Hot Dog & Sausage Instructions
  1. 1. Smoke your all beef hotdogs or sausage on grill, stove-top smoker, or conventional smoker for fifteen minutes. Finish on grill or grill pan.
  2. 2. Small dice fresh sweet onions.
  3. 3. Lather mustard on fresh baked hotdog bun (I like to use Harmons Brat Buns). You can also grill these first with a little bit of butter and garlic.
  4. 4. Place smoked hot dog in bun.
  5. 5. Load with chili.
  6. 6. Garnish with fresh onion and shredded cheese (I like to us Beecher's No Woman cheese found on the Cheese Islands in Harmons stores).
  7. 7. Enjoy!
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