Georgia Chain-Gang Chili

Course : Chili
Serves: 20
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1 Cup Burgundy,dry
1/2 teaspoon Thyme,dried
2 pieces Bay leaves
4 cloves garlic finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon Black pepper,freshly ground
6 pound Beef,coarse grind
2 pieces Chicken breasts,large
1 cup Water
2 teaspoon Salt
2 tablespoons Oil,vegetable
2 medium Onions
3 chops Pork chops,coarse grind
10 tablespoons Red chile,mild,ground
1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Oregano,dried,pref. Mexican
1/2 teaspoon Cumin
2 pieces Rosemary
1 1/2 Cup Tomatoes,Italian-style
16 ounces Tomato sauce
8 ounces Tomato sauce,Mexican hot
1 Can Chiles,green,mild,whole
1 Can Jalapeno peppers,pickled
2 tablespoons Hot pepper sauce,liquid
1 tablespoons Butter
3 medium Chiles,fresh whole green
1/2 Cup Mushrooms
1/2 Cup Sauterne
12 ounces Beer

Preparation / Directions:

1. In a large non-aluminum (preferably glass or glazed cast iron) bowl make a marinade by combining the burgundy, thyme, bay leaves, garlic, and black pepper. Place all the beef in the bowl and mix lightly to coat the meat well. Cover and refrigerate overnight. (If time is short marinate for 2 hours at room temperature.) 2. Place the chicken breasts in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Add 1 teaspoon salt and simmer over low heat for 1/2 hour. Remove the chicken reserving the liquid. Chop the chicken breasts fine and reserve. 3. Meal the oil in a large heavy pot. Add the onions and cook until they are translucent. 4. Meanwhile, drain the beef, straining and reserving the marinade. Mix the beef and pork together, then combine the meats with the ground chile, cayenne pepper, oregano, cumin, rosemary, and the rest of the salt. Add this meat-and-spice mixture to the pot with the onions. Break up any lumps with a fork and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is evenly browned. 5. Add half the marinade, the reserved chicken, tomatoes, both tomato sauces, jalapenos, and 1 tablespoon of liquid hot pepper sauce to the pot. 6. Melt the butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the fresh chiles, mushrooms, and a small amount of the Sauterne and cook for 3 minutes. Add this to the pot. 7. Bring to a boil and simmer, uncovered, for at least 3 hours. When the chili is cooking, from time to time stir in the remaining marinade, the remaining Sauterne, and beer. If more liquid is needed, stir in the water the chicken was cooked in. Taste and adjust seasonings.

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