To EdSails, I indeed plan to use beef, and I plan to make it a real scorcher, even if it results in hostility. This is my first big cook off, and the bang I plan is much hotter than I mentioned in my initial post. I do plan on having some external balance to the chili for those who will likely want: cheese, beans, and milk. I do not think they will last long, so those who come earlier will benefit the most. I look forward to a great show tomorrow, and thank everyone for their input, even the sarcastic ones.