How To Make Chili In A Dutch Oven On A Pitboss Smoker! And once you do this you won’t go back! Personally, one of the best parts about having smoked meat is you get to make excellent leftovers! Now chili is a food that tastes better cooked in cast iron.
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Now if you are new to smoking and cast iron, there is one important thing to note. The enameled cast iron will stain when you put it in the smoker, trust me if you are married the wife won’t appreciate this one bit. I love to find the old-school cast iron and rehab them, but Amazon also has some fantastic options that won’t break the bank either.
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WHAT IS A DUTCH OVEN?
A dutch oven is similar to a deep pot with a lid. They are used most often to cook on an open fire or on a grill. Cast Iron Dutch ovens can be used to bake bread, puddings, casseroles, stews, and soup. Sometimes they have legs to keep them over the fire a bit more or coal Some dutch ovens come with a flat lid to pack on more coal, or they make a tight seal so you can pack coal around it if needed.
How To Season Cast Iron
Now thankfully most cast iron will come pre-seasoned. However, if you rescue an old piece of cast iron you can save it. Be sure to check out my post on How To Season Cast Iron to learn how to do this.
How To Prepare Your Dutch Oven For Smoking:
If you are using a cast iron dutch oven wipe it down with oil so as to help make sure that it is ready to cook without having stuff stick. I use an old cast iron dutch oven the old lady picked up for $5 and has worked amazing! An Enameled Cast Iron would work as well just know that the smoke may stain the dutch oven.
When you wash your cast iron, do not use soap, we use steel wool to get out any food debris then re-oil down for storage this will keep your cast iron conditioned for cooking next time.
How To Smoke Chili In Your Smoker:
Start up your smoker to get the smoke rolling! I set my Pit Boss Pro 1100 to a smoke setting of P4 for the smoke setting. I also closed the chimney stack to allow more smoke to stay in the smoker.
Now for the cooking part of the chili, I like to set my smoker at 225 and allow it to roll low and slow. You can cook at a higher setting
dutch oven chili recipes:
Smoked White Chicken Chili
Smoked White Chicken Chili is the perfect way to use smoked chicken breasts and thighs. These are some of my family’s favorite quick dinners at night. I love to shred up the chicken and then throw it in the dutch oven the next day on the smoker to make up a tasty chicken chili. Get the recipe ->here.
Leftover Brisket Chili
Leftover Brisket Chili made with leftover smoked brisket is one of my go-to leftover brisket recipes! I love to make a huge batch and freeze it up for lunches later on or share it with family and friends! You can make the chili spicy by adding in peppers or keep it more mild side as well. Get the recipe ->here.
Smoked Turkey Chili
Smoked Turkey Chili is the perfect way to use up the smoked turkey from holiday dinners! We always seem to make too big of a bird so leftovers are always in supply! I love to freeze the turkey to make this with later in the winter! Get the recipe ->here.
Smoked Pulled Pork Chili
Smoked porked shoulder makes excellent Smoked Pulled Pork Chili!! Shredded your smoked pork shoulder to smoke into a chili in a dutch oven on the smoker! The flavor is fantastic! Get the recipe -> here.
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