I would say that it will take longer to do it in one piece, as usual;see where I'm going?
Take the flat of a Brisky and chop it up small like,place it on one of those grill trays with the holes all over it,then smoke it for an hour or so...a little heavy on the smoke(now that's not charcoal or brickettes,use wood; or at least lump).Doesn't matter if it's done,you got the flavour,so just continue as you would with any other chili.
Good luck and let me know if it works.I have not tried it as I just thought of it on reading your post.
But it should go fine.Remember,practice,practice,practice
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