GREEN BROOK, NJ – The Green Brook Lions Club will host a Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, April 3 at the Dunellen Hotel. The family-oriented cook-off will begin at 4 p.m. and feature chili sampling, judging and prizes.

Those looking to enter the cook off will be required to make traditional red chili, which, according to the International Chili Society, is defined as chili made from any kind or meat or combination of meats, cooked with red chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients; please note, that due to food allergies, use of any type of nuts is prohibited.

Each contestant should arrive by 3:15 p.m. and bring approximately 6 quarts of chili pre-cooked in a container (any leftover chili can be brought home). Upon arrival, the chili will be transferred to a full-size, covered aluminum tray and placed in a chafing dish to keep warm. Each entry will be assigned a random number and will be blind judged based on flavor, spice, taste, texture of meat, consistency, blend of spices, aroma and color.

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Judging criteria is as follows: Color - Reddish, reddish-brown or brown is okay. Excessive grease mars appearance and taste; Aroma - Chili should not smell burnt or unpleasant; Spice and Taste - Blending of spices and how well they have permeated the meat. A really good taste will stand out; Consistency - Chili should be a good meat and gravy combination. Meat should be tender but not broken down; and Aftertaste - Residual taste should be pleasant and after-bite may be present. The absence or amount of after-bite is a matter of personal preference.

Those voting will be asked one simple question: “If I am to have one bowl of chili for the rest of my life, which one will I choose?” The winning cook will receive a trophy and have his/her name inscribed on a plaque. Other prizes will be awarded to the overall winner and other top finishers.

The Dunellen Hotel is located at 120 N Washington Avenue. The cost is a $5 donation per adult; children free. For more information about the Green Brook Lions Club or the April 3 cook-off, visit or email

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