Bacon Honey-Mustard BBQ Chili

Posted on: Wednesday, Dec 16, 2009

In addition to programming all the time, I’ve also been known to hack my way through the kitchen whenever I get the time.  My latest creation was tested out at a chili cookoff last month where it took 2nd place for Best New and Different Chili.  I whipped up a second batch last night for a potluck at work, and after handing out samples around the office, I got a lot of requests for the recipe.  Please, do try this at home kids.

Marc’s Bacon Honey-Mustard BBQ Chili


  • 1lb Bacon strips
  • 2lbs Ground beef
  • 1 Onion diced (I used yellow, but can be varied for taste)
  • 1/2 jar Honey Mustard (5 oz?)
  • 3 tbsp Honey
  • 15oz can of Kidney beans
  • 32oz Tomato sauce (I used Classico Tomato & Basil)
  • 1 pack Caroll Shelby’s Chili Mix (includes cayenne pepper in separate packet, so you can set your own spice level)
  • 10 cloves of Garlic (yeah, you read that right)
  • 10 drops Liquid Smoke
  • 1 lime


  • Crock pot
  • Garlic press
  • Wok or other large frying pan


In a wok or frying pan, cook the bacon on medium-high heat, 4-5 strips at a time.  Get them to the point where they’re just turning brown, then remove and set aside.  Do not discard the bacon grease that accumulates in the pan, leave it there.  Chop the cooked bacon into bite-sized pieces, approx 1 inch on a side, and dump in Crock pot.  Once all the bacon is cooked, throw the ground beef in the wok and brown it in the bacon grease.  Empty the entire contents of the pan (fat, juices, meat and all) in the Crock pot.  Dice the onion and brown that in the wok, then empty into pot.

Add honey mustard, honey, kidney beans (including juice from the can), tomato sauce and liquid smoke to the pot.  The chili mix contains several packets of spices.  I used half of the cayenne pepper packet (to keep it mild) and all of the other packets, so toss those in.  Press the garlic and add to pot.  Cut the lime in half and squeeze into the mix.

You should now have filled the Crock pot with all the delicious ingredients, so mix the entire concoction together.  You can either cook it on High for 4 hours or on Low for 8 hours.  I did high the first time and low the second, and they both turned out great, so it’s really up to you.  Low lets the flavors seep in more, so I prefer it when I have the time.  Now grab a cocktail and wait till it’s done.

Once the cooking is done, stir it really well and set the Crock pot on Warm.  Grab a ladle and serve!

Did you like it?

If you enjoyed this recipe, leave a comment and let me know!  What did you like best?  What did you do differently?  If there’s interest, then I’ll post some of my other recipes as I make them.  Enjoy!