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Warm up with Beer Chili in a Bacon Bowl!

As the weather gets colder, it’s the perfect time to make a nice big pot of chili to share with your family! This Beer Chili in a Bacon Bowl is the ultimate meal to warm you up when it’s chilly outside. Here’s how to make it:


  • 1 onion
  • 6-10 jalapeños to taste
  • Neutral cooking oil
  • 2 lbs ground beef (*Optional: substitute turkey)
  • Low-sodium beef broth
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 5 TBS chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp GQue BBQ the Rub
  • 1 TBS cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 can / 16 oz beans (your choice of kidney, pinto, black beans, etc.)
  • Bottle of beer (cook’s choice)
  • 1-2 packs of bacon (for bacon bowl & garnish)
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheese


  • Set up your grill with lump charcoal & hickory wood (watch the video below to see how it’s done).
  • Chop onions & jalapenos, reserving a few whole jalapenos for garnish.
  • Add oil, chopped onions, jalapeños, & G-Que BBQ’s the Rub (to taste) in an uncovered dutch oven. Cook in a covered grill for approximately 7 minutes until onions & jalapeños have softened.
  • Add ground beef to the dutch oven, spreading the meat out to create as much surface area as possible & seasoning with the Rub.
  • Cover the grill & cook at around 350 degrees for approximately 15-20 minutes.
  • While the meat cooks, roast the whole jalapeños you reserved for garnish, taking off the heat when finished.
  • Once the meat has cooked through, break it up into crumbles with a spoon or spatula. *Optional: Drain off the accumulated grease if you want a leaner chili.
  • Add low-sodium beef broth, tomato sauce, paprika, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, & beans to your mixture.
  • Cook chili in the covered grill for 1-2 hours.
  • Add 1 bottle of beer & let the chili cook down for about 30 minutes.
  • While the chili cooks, it’s time to make your bacon bowl & bacon bit garnish! Here are instructions for how to make the bacon bowl.
  • For the bacon bit garnish, put some strips of bacon on the grill. Once the bacon is cooked through, chop into bacon bits.
  • Once the chili is finished cooking, spoon into a bacon bowl & garnish with shredded cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, & roasted jalapeños.

To see the full process in action, watch the video below.!