Grilled Jalapeno, Cilantro, Chili Chops (and bonus beer recipe)

Plunk, plunk, fizz, fizz oh what relief it is.  The kids and I have different strategies for coping with the ever-decreasing length of day.  While the children bide their time feeding quarters to retro videogame cabinets, I like to brew beer.   The chickens, who are not my children but are nonetheless my dependents, deal with the paucity of daylight by shedding feathers and NOT laying eggs.  (We ran out of eggs today).    In other running news, upon returning to the house after a 14.5 mile run, Mrs. Chili365 referred to me as “yummy”.    Now me thinks it’s pork chop night.


DAY 326 (that’d be 326 consecutive days of chili.  We are dealing with it well. Thank you to all who have remained steadfast advocates throughout our epic journey into chili madness.)





1 package A1 Tomato Chili marinade seasoning

1 T chili powder

1 t onion powder

3 cloves garlic, smashed

¼ minced fresh, deseeded jalapeno peppers

½ C minced fresh cilantro

¼ C olive oil

¼ C red wine vinegar




2 lb pork chops




  1. Mix marinade ingredients.
  2. Coat both sides of each pork chops with marinade and stack them in a huge tower of pork power.
  3. Allow the chops to rest at room temperature for 1 hour.
  4. Grill over a medium-hot charcoal grill until fully cooked, turning once.
  5. Serve with slaw, rice and warm corn tortillas.



Herein lies the recipe for my *special* Behavior Disorder Porter.  The script is shorthand, but if you know your way around the brew kettle, you’ll be able replicate this bad boy.  I am bottling it tonight.



12 oz 2-row

6 oz chocolate wheat

3 oz pale chocolate malt


Boil 60 minutes

3.3 lb Rye liquid malt extract

3.3 lb golden light malt extract

1 oz cascade

1 oz centennial


Add with 12 minutes remaining:

1 oz cascade

1 oz centennial


Add at flameout:

1 oz cascade

1 oz centennial


Ferment with US-05 yeast.


Dry hop in the secondary:

½  oz cascade

½  oz centennial

Grilled Jalapeno, Cilantro, Chili Chops

Grilled Jalapeno, Cilantro, Chili Chops

Tower of chili power (and raw meat).

Tower of chili power (and raw meat).




Tasting Notes (on the chili chops):

Running, grilling, brewing, chickens, video games, and chili- these are a few of my favorite things. The chops were fantastic.  The cilantro and lime (from the A1 mix) set off the piquant chili flavors with great efficacy.  The grilling empowered the chops to take up extra zestiness.  Boom. All enjoyed the fruits of my char-grilled labor.  Pre was an especially vociferous advocate of today’s chili rendering.  Thus the floor remained clean and P free.  Further thus- today was a big time highlight reel.


There remains time to vote for my chicken chili poutine at don’t let commonsense stop you now.



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3 Responses to Grilled Jalapeno, Cilantro, Chili Chops (and bonus beer recipe)

  1. Oh does this look good!! Sorry to hear about the diced contest – you had my vote, mostly because I wanted to be beat by the winner, but I guess I still like you. 🙂 Just teasing, you know. Well mostly, anyway! 🙂 There’s always next year!

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