Imagine a creamy, cheesy queso dip…and then add in a smoky grilled flavor!
This Smoked Chili con Queso is the perfect appetizer to enjoy during the big game!
Well kiss my grits! As I’ve mentioned many times before, I was born in the South. I grew up all over the Carolinas, Texas, Louisiana and Georgia. Although I now live in
the frozen tundra upstate New York, my Southern roots run deep. I’ve been known to pull out some crazy Southern sayings now and then…especially when watching college football! But one Southern saying I’ve never quite figured out is “kiss my grits.” Truthfully, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say “kiss my grits” in the South. In fact, when I hear that saying, I think of these Jalapeno Cheddar Grits, and I don’t want to kiss them. I want to put my face in them.
But there are plenty of awesome Southern sayings that make their way into my vocabulary on a daily basis. Take “gets my goat,” for instance. “You know what really gets my goat?” If you’re really annoyed at something or someone, then it’s perfectly acceptable to say that they get your goat. But “bless her heart” has to be one of my favorites! I don’t personally use this term, but my sister and mother (both resident Nashvillians) use this one all the time. It basically gives you free reign to say anything you want about someone. Bless her heart, but her hair is a hot mess today. If you ever need to throw out a snarky comment, just lead off with “bless her (his) heart.” Now you can’t get in trouble. True story.
So I’ve been watching college football like it’s my job lately. (Geaux Tigers!) And of course, when college football is on tv, I need some delicious football snacks. For evening games, my wife and I always make our go-to pizza and break out a couple of Abita beers. Is there a more classic football meal than pizza and beers?
But for the afternoon games, I need snacky type food. Like chips and pretzels. I was smoking some pulled pork the other day, and my brain started to wander. Usually I get myself into some sort of trouble when that happens…but not this time! I started wondering if you could make a smoked cheese dip? Well it turns out that you can. It also turns out that this Smoked Chili con Queso is one of the most delicious snacks I’ve ever eaten! Oh, and if you need a good laugh, check out the Sh%t Southern Women Say video on YouTube…there’s definitely at least one “bless her heart” in there!