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Where: Hawk Woods Nature Center Lodge

3799 Bald Mountain Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326

When: 5:30-8:30 pm, Friday, 3 March 2017

What: The annual Troop 125 Second to None Chili Cook Off will be conducted at the Hawk Woods Nature Center Lodge, in conjunction with the Order of the Arrow call out ceremony taking place at 6:00 pm. The Lodge is the big beautiful log cabin on the hill, and the most northernmost structure at Hawk Woods. This is an open event, and all families are highly encouraged to participate. This is always super fun and we have traditionally had amazing participation, even from “alumni” families, so gather up your favorite chili recipe and get ready to compete for the title of SECOND TO NONE BEST CHILI IN THE GALAXY!  

General Information

*The Chili Cook Off is a friendly event where families and Scouts will get the chance to socialize, relax, and enjoy a wide variety of incredibly awesome chili recipes.

*All attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their own cup/bowl/mug & spoon for tasting purposes. This will greatly cut down on trash and is in accordance with Leave No Trace principles.

*Everyone will be asked to cease preparation/cooking promptly at 6:00 pm to attend the Order of the Arrow Call Out Ceremony which will take place at the fire ring in front of the Lodge. We will reconvene and begin the Judging directly after the Ceremony.

*Various Awards will be presented to recognize the following categories as determined by three lucky iron-tongued Judges:

  • Hottest/Spiciest (Dragon’s Breath Award)
  • Most Colorful/Best Presentation
    • Includes cheering sections; entertaining props; and/or interesting side dishes (cornbread; tortilla chips, exotic hot sauces, etc.)
  • Most Unique Spice/Ingredient
    • See if the Judges can guess what it is before divulging your secret!
  • Scout’s Choice (Voted on by the Scout’s in attendance)
    • All Scouts will get a ballot to vote for their favorite chili.
  • SECOND TO NONE BEST CHILI IN THE GALAXY (Will be determined by the Judges using the following accepted International Chili Society standards)
    • TASTE: Above all else is the most important factor. The taste should consist of the combination of the meat, peppers, spices, etc., with no particular ingredient being dominant, but rather a blend of the flavors.
    • CONSISTENCY: Chili must have a good ratio between sauce and meat. It should not be dry, watery, grainy, lumpy, or greasy.
    • AROMA: Chili should smell good. This also indicates what is in store when you taste it.
    • COLOR: Chili should look appetizing. Reddish brown is generally accepted as good. Various colorful ingredients may offer even greater appeal.
    • BITE: Aftertaste is the heat created by the various type of chili peppers and chili spices.


*Setup will begin at 5:15 pm in the Lodge. (Please bring an electrical cord as it may be needed).

*Arrive no later than 5:45 pm with chili completely ready and any garnish your chili may require.

*Participants are responsible for supplying all necessary ingredients, cooking devices, & ladle.

*Each participant is responsible for setting up their own equipment and supplies. A number will be assigned to each entry for voting purposes.

*The Troop will supply sampling cups/bowls, spoons and napkins for Judges, as well as a backup supply of those items for everyone. Please BE PREPARED and bring a small supply of these items as well to supplement. Most attendees should have reusable mess kits for personal use.

*Teardown will be done at 8:45 pm or after all judging is completed and awards are presented.


*There is a wide definition of what “Chili” is. Whatever you call chili, by golly WE will call chili. Chili may or may not contain meat. Chili may or may not contain beans. Chili may be red, white, green or any other color of the rainbow!

*Participants are encouraged to make a family-sized batch of chili. There is no maximum quantity for entry, but a full crock pot is the acceptable standard. If you leave with an empty crock pot, it probably means you made a great batch and you’re most likely going to be leaving with an award as well!

*For an ICS Official Rules Contest, Chili Categories, as defined by the International Chili Society are:

  • Traditional Red Chili: any kind of meat or combination of meats, cooked with red chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients, with the exception of BEANS and PASTA which are strictly forbidden. No garnish is allowed.
  • Chili Verde: any kind of meat or combination of meats, cooked with green chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients, with the exception of BEANS and PASTA which are strictly forbidden. No garnish is allowed.
  • Salsa: must be homemade by the contestant.
  • Homestyle Chili: the cook's favorite combination of ingredients resulting in a dish seasoned with chili peppers and spices.

However…that being stated, any of the above (or combination of the above) qualifies as chili in our contest. We’re not “Chili Snobs”! Anything goes! Be creative, wing it!

¡MUY IMPORTANTE! If you are planning on submitting an entry for the Chili Cook Off, PLEASE CONTACT ME!


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