How to Pick Ground Beef
The possibilities with ground beef are seemingly endless, though you’ll probably want to pay the most attention to cost and fat content. Naturally, the lower the fat content, the higher the price. A leaner meat; however, may not taste as moist and flavorful, so keep that in mind if you’re making a meal that’s prone to dryness (like meatloaf or hamburgers). Sometimes the extra fat can make or break a dish.
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How to Thaw Ground Beef
Like other meats, the best way to thaw ground beef is to leave it in the refrigerator. If you’re in a pinch, take out your frozen meat and place it on a plate under running cold water. A microwave may also work, but it is likely to start cooking your meat, which you’ll want to avoid.
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Smoked beer is the result of infusing a weightier style of beer, such as brown ale, porter, or stout, with smoking agents. It has ancient roots in Germany but has been recently revived by American brewers aiming to put their own twist on the old style. This recipe combines the fireside flavor with a classic chili.
What to buy:
Look for smoked chicken and apple sausage at better grocery stores. We used Aidells brand.
Chili powder is available in the spice section of grocery stores or you can make your own with this recipe.
Smoked beer is available at many gourmet markets and liquor stores. We used Schlenkerla Smokebeer.
Game plan: The kidney beans need to soak overnight, so plan accordingly.
We also recommend trying your hand at slow cooker variations with our slow cooker chili recipe using beef.