The competition was judged on all the key points of a great chili. It should not be excessively greasy, never grainy from the spices, not too thick or too thin and the last but most important part is it should taste good. It should also have a pleasant after taste, maybe some after burn but nothing a cold one can’t fix.
Most of the contestants that cooked up their favorite recipes, present them with a smile on their face and after the competition and walk away saying "next year". I have that happen to me each year that I enter this cook-off. Over the last few years and at the end of each competition I go back to the drawing board and create yet again another batch of what I think is some pretty good stuff.
But each time when I step back up to the plate, " your out" I know eventually I will create that award winning recipe. I thought this year was going to be the one but, I will again have to head back to the test kitchen and practice for next year’s competition.
The day concluded with the awards (not to mention bragging rights for the year) for the Chili Cook-Off. I was a fun day and a great opportunity to try a lot of good chili's.