Cooking Three Pork Moon Chili

This past Saturday, we competed in a chili cook-off. The tradition originated when we were in high school but was only rekindled a few years ago. It’s a fun thing we do with some of our best friends & family.


We all get together at my parent’s house and cook. This year, we made about 25 QUARTS of chili. What can I say? We don’t to anything halfway; not even chili.

skip cooking

You know a man’s serious about his food when he has his first knife tattooed on his forearm.

Skip's knife

If you’d like to recreate our little masterpiece, here’s the ingredient list:

6 large onions
2 bunches celery
3 red peppers
3 orange peppers
3 yellow peppers
3 green peppers
2 1 1lb bags corn, roasted
16 oz minced garlic (in water)
4 ½ tbsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Cinnamon
8 tbsp. Chili powder
1 1.5 tbsp. Smoked Paprika

10 lb pork shoulder, braised & seasoned with onion, poblano, & Corona beer
3 lbs bacon
5 lbs ground pork

3 cans chipotle peppers in adobo
6 dried Anaheim chilies, soaking in base for 20 minutes
2 cans, 6 oz, tomato paste
3 cans 14.5 oz diced tomatoes, no salt
4 cans 8 oz tomato sauce
1 can 28 oz. crushed tomatoes
16 cans 15.5 oz Black beans
1/4 cup tequila
1/4 cup molasses

add spices

After it cooks a little, your delicious Three Pork Moon Chili is ready to go.

chili's ready

While the chili cooked, I made team t-shirts.

making 3 pork moon shirts

I found & edited images online and printed them on ink jet iron-on transfers.

iron-on t-shirt transfer

Why “Three Pork Moon”?? Well it was a full moon and we used 3 different kinds of pork {pork shoulder, ground pork, & bacon}.

3 pork moon t-shirts

We {or should I say Rob} were inspired by what is quite possibly the most epic shirt on the internet – Three Wolf Moon.

And since we never win “Best Presentation” anyway, we decided to put the majority of our effort into t-shirts.

three pork moon set-up

chili cook-off crowd

rob behind the "moon"

By the end of the day, both crock-pots of chili were completely gone!!

2 crock pots of chili

rob & skip

And we were the People’s Choice WINNERS!!!! With 370 votes. {Never mind that you voted with buttons and our parents came.}

People's Choice Winners

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