Smoked beer is the result of infusing a weightier style of beer, such as brown ale, porter, or stout, with smoking agents. It has ancient roots in Germany but has been recently revived by American brewers aiming to put their own twist on the old style. This recipe combines the fireside flavor with a classic chili.
What to buy:
Look for smoked chicken and apple sausage at better grocery stores. We used Aidells brand.
Chili powder is available in the spice section of grocery stores or you can make your own with this recipe.
Smoked beer is available at many gourmet markets and liquor stores. We used Schlenkerla Smokebeer.
Game plan: The kidney beans need to soak overnight, so plan accordingly.
- 1Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or large, heavy-bottomed pot with a tightfitting lid over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the beef, pork, and sausage and cook, stirring to break up the meat with a wooden spoon, until the meat is browned and no bits of pink remain, about 5 to 6 minutes.
- 2Stir in onion, fennel, chiles, garlic, chili powder, cumin, 1 teaspoon of the salt, fennel seed, cayenne pepper, and tomato paste, and cook until the vegetables are softened, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the beer and bring to a boil. Simmer until the beer flavor is cooked off, about 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1 teaspoon salt, tomatoes, kidney beans, and sugar.
- 3Bring the chili to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until beans are tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Taste and season with salt as needed.
- 4Serve the chili garnished with the scallions, sour cream, and, of course, a glass of smoked beer.