MIDLAND PARK, N.J. -- Father and first-time chili-maker Kyle McKay took home first place in the Midland Park High School Athletic Booster Association's Game Night and Chili Cookoff, which raised more than $5,000 for student-athletes.
MaKay credits his victory to the Dr. BBQ Championship Chili recipe from the NFL Game Day Cookbook.
"I didn't expect to win, but it was fun," said McKay, who had help from his wife, Patricia McKay.
What makes the recipe different is that it calls for tri tip steak, and is made in three "dumps," or layers.
"You pre-make all the spices together in one dump, and then take it off the heat for an hour," McKay explained. "Then you put the second dump in to cook, and then the third.
"You drain the excess liquid and then basically add extra spices like salt, pepper and brown sugar to balance it out," McKay said.
This was the first year that the MPBA did the cookoff. McKay said the group did a "tremendous" job, and changed his future in the kitchen.
"I may enter more chili contests," said McKay, who's hoping the event and association will continue to grow.
All proceeds from the fundraising event will go toward the funding of athletic program grants and providing MPHS student athlete scholarships.