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Old 06-13-2011, 09:40 AM   #1
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Making Chili "The Old fashioned Way"

Hola everyone.

I have a Griswold Dutch Oven A full bag of coal left over from my comp.

I like to dig a big enough hole to drop about a chimney and a half full of Lump coal in to the hole, And lower my dutch oven in there for making Chili?


Any tips?

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Old 06-13-2011, 09:58 AM   #2
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Good luck.
I have never been able to cook any kind of bean dish that way. Not one that used dry beans anyway. I could never keep the coals from snuffing themselves out long before the beans tuned soft. I finally resorted to setting the DO by the campfire. I imagine I was doing something wrong, but I played with it four times before giving up.
I'm interested in your results.
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Old 06-13-2011, 10:03 AM   #3
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Good luck.
I have never been able to cook any kind of bean dish that way. Not one that used dry beans anyway. I could never keep the coals from snuffing themselves out long before the beans tuned soft. I finally resorted to setting the DO by the campfire. I imagine I was doing something wrong, but I played with it four times before giving up.
I'm interested in your results.
Did you Bury the char coal and the dutch oven?

They seemed they didn't get enough oxygen?

Mine will be a shallow hole. And I will show some results.
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:20 AM   #4
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Yes, the recipe I was using called for coals in the hole, then set the DO in the hole, then coals on the lid, covered with a thin layer of dirt. Everytime I took the DO out of the hole the coals were only 3/4 burned, the DO was warm, but the beans were always hard still. I will say it retained heat 12 hours later... but never cooked enough, obviously due to the charcoal going out. I played around with the hole size and depth some, but could never get the charcoal to stay lit and still bury the DO like I was supposed to.

ETA: without soaked navy beans that were still basically hard, it may have worked. Or if I precooked them first. That would not have stopped the coals from going out though.
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Pecanis,

I am cheating I am going to use canned beans.

I may just use my weber grill to do them properly.
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Pecanis,

I am cheating I am going to use canned beans...

Wouldn't that make it semi old fashioned? Sandra Lee might be interested.
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Wouldn't that make it semi old fashioned? Sandra Lee might be interested.
Ok you got me Andy. You are right. That would be semi old fashioned.
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Ok you got me Andy. You are right. That would be semi old fashioned.


...but still good. Nothing wrong with canned beans.
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Semi old fashioned would be good, just so it doesn't come out semi cooked ;^)
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Semi old fashioned would be good, just so it doesn't come out semi cooked ;^)
I hear you Pacanis.

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