The Super Bowl and Chain-gang Chili – A Match Made In Heaven
George Will once said. “Football incorporates the two worst elements of American society: violence punctuated by committee meetings.”
So, why not celebrate the violence we have come to love in a special way? Have a Super Bowl party and serve your guests some bowls of Hy Abernathy’s Chain-gang chili? It’s hot. It’s irreverent. And it’s badass.
Vegetarians Need Not Apply
It’s basically a carnivore’s dream. There’s lots of protein in this chili – there’s beef, chicken and pork. And the rest is heat. The chili is hot. But not to the point of absurdity; however, it’ll make you sweat.
You’ll also notice there are no beans in this chili. But if you feel there has to be beans in your chili, add a can of kidney beans and a can of black beans (drain both). I don’t. And Hy Abernathy didn’t either.
Chain Gang Chili Can Chain You To Your Stove
I know the cooking involves a lot of ingredients. There are also lots of steps. The cooking time can be as little as four hours, but the preferred cooking time is two- to three-days, but hey, it’s worth the effort.
There are several ingredients that are unique to most chili recipes such as Burgundy and Sauterne wines along with beer. It was mentioned that many cooks soak the dry ingredients ahead of time in the beer. With the many ingredients and allowing for plenty of time on the stove, you’ll end up with a chili that’s very complex
It should be noted that none of the following have endorsed this post: the NFL, Super Bowl Committee, Roger Goodell, or the Department of Corrections of the State of Georgia.
For a copy click on Hy Abernathy’s Georgia Chain-Gang Chili recipe. The narrative is different than the one you just read, so check it out. The recipe follows the narrative.
Note: This recipe was taken from a cookbook by Jane Butel entitled “Chili Madness.” Note: Some changes were made by yours truly.