Two days before winning the title of the most popular chili at the Malibu Kiwanis Chili Cook-Off, Peter Tulaney was slaving over the secret ingredient to his recipe: pulled pork.
"Most people said they really liked the smokey flavor," Tulaney said of his entry at the two-day competition. A five-judge panel selected the winner based on whose concoction is sampled the most by event attendees.
His ingredients were a little unorthodox. Tulaney braised the pulled pork with Dr. Pepper, making for a fusion of the spicy chilies and the sweet pork.
Tulaney, who is part of a three-man group with ties to the Malibu Rugby Team, said he considers the victory a team effort. Tulaney served as the rugby coach at and is captain of the newly formed Malibu Men’s Rugby Club.
"We all kind of won together," Tulaney said.
This is the second time Tulaney has won the title of best chili at the festival and carnival, and the seventh year he has competed.
Tulaney, who owns the Malibu Art Barn at the Malibu Lumber Yard, graduated from Pepperdine University with a Master’s of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology. He practices Marriage and Family Therapy at the .
Learn more about the Malibu Art Barn at malibuartbarn.com.