We love Chili around here, and the season is right. Instead of ground beef, we take a page out of the competition chili handbook and swapped to tri-tip as it is lean, and will continue to stay tender when braised without falling apart. Enjoy!
Smoked Tri-Tip Chili
Preheat your Yoder Smokers YS640 Pellet Grill to 225ºF, set up for smoking. Trim excess fat and silver skin from the outside of the tri-tip roasts. Rub the roasts with a thin layer of binder (oil, mustard, hot sauce, etc.). Season all surfaces with Cattleman’s Grill Steakhouse Seasoning. Smoke the tri-tips on the second shelf for 60-90 minutes until the internal temperature of 115ºF-120ºF.
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Remove from the grill and allow to rest for 20 minutes. Dice into bite-sized pieces. Remove the second shelf from the cooker and turn the temperature up to 400ºF. Also, place a Lodge 7-Quart Dutch Oven in the cooker to preheat. Add a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil in the dutch oven. Add the onions and poblanos. Cook until onions are translucent and softened. Add the garlic and tomatoes. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the beans, beef stock, and seasonings. Cover with the lid and cook until the chili is thickened and tri-tip is falling apart, 2.5 - 3 hours.
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