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32nd Chili Super Bowl scores big in Buffalo Gap

By Jennifer Kendall, jkendall@ktxs.com
Published On: Aug 31 2013 04:46:37 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 01 2013 06:17:06 PM CDT
BUFFALO GAP, Texas -

The 32nd Chili Super Bowl was in Buffalo Gap Saturday and thousands of people showed up for a taste.

Abilene and Dyess firefighters said it takes them about 16 hours to cook the world’s largest pot of chili. They have to stir it every 30 minutes to keep it from burning.

"It’s a little bit of a challenge cooking the meat and the onions and the seasoning takes a long time,” said Jimmy Hall, vice president of the Abilene Firefighters Association.

All their work paid off as thousands of people showed up to gulp down some chili.

“I don't like it real hot, but you want it to have just a little bit of kick to it and for it to linger in your mouth after its already gone down,” said Malta Lusk who was at the event Saturday.  

"We have finally found a balance of ingredients to make most people happy and then we leave some additional stuff on the table to spice it up if you like," said Hall.  

“The spiciness of some if it, the hotness, it's just so good,” said Blaine Bunnell who stopped by the Chili Super Bowl with his family Saturday.  

The best part about the chili is it helps Ben Richey Boy’s Ranch, a nonprofit residential childcare facility.

“These are guys that have had a lot of bad things happen in their life and this gives them a second chance,” said Tony Appuglies, a house parent at the ranch.  

“Ben Richey Boys Ranch has been around for a long time and those kids benefit from it they need the help and they all turn out so well,” Lusk said.  

“A lot if them are successful in life they wouldn't be where they are right now if it weren't for the Ben Richey Boys Ranch,” Hall said.

There were also dozens of other cooks at the event. People showed up with their barbeques to grill everything from ribs to brisket, but the star of the show is still the chili.

Firefighters made about 460 gallons of chili for the event this year. The Chili Super Bowl runs through Sunday afternoon. Last year the event raised about $300,000.