Rye’s Red Chili

I made this twice last week (actually kind of three times) — once for my book club and three more times for a staff lunch because I had to triple the recipe.  It got great reviews all the way round.  The only problem I had was trying to understand how you can feed 10 people on the 1 lb of boneless pork shoulder Saveur wrote in the original recipe.  So — I decided I thought they meant 3 lb of pork shoulder because that’s about the size most pork shoulders are at the market.

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1 lb. boneless pork shoulder
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
⅓ cup light brown sugar
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
2 (12-oz.) bottles pale ale-style beer
6 oz. sliced bacon, finely chopped
10 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 large Vidalia onion, finely chopped
1 large red bell pepper, finely chopped
¼ cup tomato paste
3 tbsp. dark red chile powder
½ tbsp. Aleppo pepper
1 tsp. crushed red chile flakes
2 bay leaves
2 cups chicken stock
2 (28-oz.) cans whole peeled tomatoes, crushed
2 (15.5-oz.) cans dark red kidney beans, drained (I made homemade white beans instead because kidney beans gross me out)
2 tbsp. hot sauce
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
Sliced scallions, for garnish
Cornbread, for serving (optional)


1. Heat oven to 500°. Place pork in a 9″ x 13″ baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Rub with brown sugar, garlic powder, and cumin. Bake until browned, 30–35 minutes. Reduce heat to 300°. Add 1 bottle of beer and cover tightly with aluminum foil; bake until pork is very tender, about 2 hours. Let meat rest for 20 minutes, then shred.

2. Heat bacon in an 8-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until fat is rendered, 8–10 minutes. Add garlic, jalapeño, onion, and bell pepper; cook until soft, 10–12 minutes. Add tomato paste, chile powder, Aleppo pepper, chile flakes, and bay leaves; cook until lightly caramelized, about 3 minutes. Add remaining bottle of beer, plus stock, tomatoes, and beans; boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered slightly, until beans are very tender and chili is slightly thick, 1½–2 hours. Stir in shredded pork, plus hot sauce and Worcestershire. Garnish with scallions and crumble cornbread over top, if you like.

From saver.com

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