Needing to do some prep for the Feb 4, 2012 Chilifest Isaac and I stopped by the local SmashBurger. It had been a great morning judging inventions created by elementary students at a local Inventor’s Fair. Seemed that sampling a new chili was in order given the cold morning and empty stomachs. SIRI suggested SmashBurger in Eagan so off we went to see if we could collect some chili recipe suggestions. With Doug’s new trophy for the event it may be time to get serious about victory.
I had the Baja and it was delicious. Warm enough to get the nose running but not stupid hot. Isaac sampled the chain’s Twin Cities Burger, kinda a burger in defference to the Juicy Lucy’s across the rivers. Better than average and with a great tasting bun as well. The chili was very good, perhaps as good as the bottom three entries last year. Mild heat but with chilies on top. A good mix of meats with something to chew and something to gum. Very nice.
Nonetheless, several Mancuisine members have begun testing recipes. No reasonable meats are being overlooked and the finicky judge attitudes towards heat are mostly being ignored. Should be a great event, especially if we do not get the snowstorm that arrived last year.