Recipe courtesy of Mark O'Bryan and Frank Schloegel

Three Bean Burnt End Chili

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 8 hr 20 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 8 hr
  • Yield: 40 to 50 servings
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Burnt Ends:

Whole brisket, about 9 pounds

Kosher salt, enough to cover the brisket

Woodyard Original Sauce

Three Bean Chili, recipe follows

Three Bean Chili:

10 pounds ground beef

2 large white onions, diced

4 ounces chili powder (8 tablespoons)

6 ounces ground cumin (12 tablespoons)

4 ounces cayenne (8 tablespoons)

6 ounces paprika (12 tablespoons)

1 (64-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 (64-ounce) can red beans, rinsed and drained

1 (64-ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 (64-ounce) can diced tomatoes

1 (64-ounce) can crushed tomatoes


  1. Heat a smoker or grill to medium.
  2. Season fleshy side of the brisket with kosher salt.
  3. Sear the fleshy side of brisket on the grill, close to the coals for about 10 to 15 minutes. Flip the brisket and lightly sear the fatty side until a red-orange crust is formed. Raise the brisket to a higher level of the grill and continue to cook over indirect heat until fork tender. Transfer the brisket to a cutting board.
  4. Separate the flat and the point with a sharp butchers knife. Remove the point while still hot and put the point and the flat back on the grill, taking care not to scorch the meat. Continue cooking until most of the fat has rendered or liquefied, about 15 minutes. Remove it from the grill and trim off the fat and any burned portions. The grain in the point runs in several different directions so care needs to be taken when slicing. Slice the meat on an angle, between 3/8 to 1/2-inch thick, until the entire point is sliced. Begin chopping those slices at a 90 degree angle to attain the desired size chunks of the points. Put the chunks into a pan and add about 6 ounces of Woodyard Original Sauce, per pound of meat, then put the pan back on grill. Leave uncovered to allow it to smoke until a glaze is formed on the surface. Remove the pan from the grill and allow meat to rest and set, about 20 to 30 minutes. Ready to add to the Three Bean Chili.

Three Bean Chili:

  1. Put the beef into a large roasting pan and put it on the smoker. Smoke the meat until a firm crust forms, roughly 40 minutes. Remove it from the grill and add it to your favorite skillet over medium heat to begin browning.
  2. In another large skillet over medium heat add the diced onions. Add the chili powder, cumin, cayenne and paprika. Cook until the mixture is well blended, then add the smoked ground beef. Brown the mixture until fully cooked. Add the black beans, red beans and red kidney beans with diced tomatoes and crushed tomatoes to a large stock pot and mix well. Add the ground beef mixture and stir until combined. Cover and simmer for roughly 1 hour.
  3. Ready to serve up!
  4. Serve the chili as a base with the desired amount of burnt ends on top and add your favorite fixin's, such as corn chips, sour cream, jalapenos, red onions and/or shredded cheese.
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