We had a chili cook-off two weeks ago at work as a fundraiser for our Wingman Day that we had today. I entered the cook-off with a chili recipe that was part mine and part two other recipes that I tweaked and came up with one really good pot of chili. I named my chili "Afterburner" because one, it was hot and would burn you afterwards and two, afterburner is an extra little kick of fuel into the exhaust that makes our girl go a little faster. And be a little more badass. :)
And I got SECOND PLACE!! My very first time competing in anything since I baked cookies for a 4-H fair in the 5th grade. First place went to a coworker who is famous for his chili, Brunswick stews, pulled pork, you name it, Mr. Farrell can cook it. He's won five chili cook-offs with that recipe, which was just meat and seasonings, true Texas chili. He even has a team down at the Big Pig Jig down in Vienna (and today he invited Larry and me to come down there and be his guests in November!) and they've been cooking pork for over 20 years. The man knows his stuff. So for me to come in second behind Mr. Farrell in a chili cook-off was an honor and I was tickled pink!
We didn't have trophies or anything like that, just a certificate for the first place winner so my sweet Larry went and had me a trophy made. He gave it to me today at Wingman Day so that I could show all my friends. And I'm showing it here so y'all can see it, too. If you read my blog, you're my friend. Even if I don't know you. :)
My first chili trophy. I love it.