A couple of years ago, I entered my chili in a chili cook off. The day I made that batch, I really hit the bullseye. I got it so that when you put it in your mouth, the first thing you would taste was the sweetness. Then, as you held it in your mouth, it would change to smoky. Then, finally, you would feel spicy heat. People loved it. I won the chili cook off by a huge margin. People even wrote love notes to my chili on the back of their ballots. And everyone asked me how I got that changing taste effect.
I have no idea how I did it that day. I have not been able to get it again. I am making a batch today that is developing something similar, but not as good.
I know the sweet comes from a small splash of apple cider vinegar. The smoker comes from liquid smoke. And the heat comes from habanero and cayenne pepper. But I cannot get them to develop the same layered, changing taste.
Does anyone else know how to create that effect?
Thanks to all thoughts.