|34 Chili with a Little Touch of Sweetness
Known as ‘Sweetness’ in the league, a nicknamed he earned at Jackson State, Payton lived life large on
and off the field. In 1996 he co-founded the Roundhouse, a restaurant and brewpub that sports a lot of
his memorabilia. This chili gets its sweetness from Roundhouse root beer and honors both the man, his
legacy and his southern roots. It’s a thick chili best served over hot biscuits, a true comfort food for a cold
Level of Difficulty: Easy
1 pound bacon, diced
1 large onion, diced
3 pounds lean pork, cut in small cubes
1 bottle ( oz.) Roundhouse or other root beer
1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon ancho or regular chili powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon Smokehouse black pepper
In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, brown the bacon and onion together until the bacon is crisp –
about 20 minutes. Remove bacon and onions from stockpot and discard grease except for 2 tablespoons.
Reserve bacon and onions.
Brown the pork cubes in reserved grease over medium-high heat. Return bacon and onions to pot. Stir in
root beer, tomatoes, honey, molasses, apple cider vinegar, chili powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil,
then reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve over hot biscuits.
Roundhouse Root Beer