The Dish with Dee Dee: Firebrand Chili Challenge
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCCU) —
It looks, smells and tastes like a chili lover's paradise at The Chili Parlor in Springfield.
Customers at the restaurant are able to order a blend of meat in a variety of flavors of chili, ranging from mild to Firebrand Hot.
Joe Rogers came up with the Firebrand recipe in 1945, and it's said to be three times hotter than a regular bowl of chili.
If you make it through just one bowl of spicy meat and beans, you get your name on the "Firebrand Wall of Fame."
"I really liked it and had it ever since," Owner Roy Beal said.
People come from all over to take on the challenge of eating the Firebrand.
Joe Rogers' granddaughter Dawn Hollis is one of many customers sharing in the local tradition.
"When I see people eating the same chili that my grandfather made, this recipe that he invented, it makes me feel very connected to him," Hollis said.
The Chili Parlor is located at 820 South 9th Street in Springfield.