Cookin’ up some fun
It’s the age old question that has just one answer here: Does chili need beans?
Still, it was heard being asked around many chili camps at the annual ChiliFest on the Jacksboro downtown square Saturday. Most of them agreed that it does not but there were still at least one that opted to put them in anyway.
Many of the chili cooks stuck to the traditional ground beef and spices and doctored in several different ways. There were other types of meat included with some putting in ham and others finding antelope to have to be their top meat.
Still, when all was said and done, the team of Myers/Rockey won the event with the Bible Baptist Church team finishing second.
Jacksboro Chamber of Commerce officials declared the event a success. Once the judges were finished judging, cups and bowls of chili were available at the different stands.
Steve Myers of Bridgeport, who considers himself a chili “snob, ” bought himself a sample sleeve of cups to be able to sample 10 styles of chili. He said many of the chilis were good but said he liked the antelope chili, put together by VFW Post 8914, the best.
“It was definitely very creative,” Myers said. “Could have used some more heat, but it was my favorite.”
Myer said many of the chilis were a standard bowl of “red” which is fine but he admits he likes something a little different.
For those not big fans of chili, there were other contests to enter as well including, cornbread, salsa, beans and pie. Many booths had chips out for their salsa and were giving samples of cornbread with their chili.
MaryFoulkesofGraham said her favorite was the Bible Baptist Church chili because it was “divine.”