What is Brunswick Stew?
What does Brunswick Stew taste like?
Brunswick Stew is a hearty, savory stew that is loaded with flavor. It gets smoky flavor from the smoked meat(s), liquid smoke, and some barbecue sauce. It gets savory, tangy flavor from tomatoes, vinegar, Worcestershire, and other acidic ingredients. Some people describe Brunswick Stew as “barbecue in a bowl,” and I can agree. It is comfort food at its best.
What meat is used in Brunswick Stew?
Most Brunswick Stew contains smoked pork. Some versions contain chicken. The most flavorful versions contain smoked pork and smoked chicken. When smoked chicken is not available, you can make your own chicken and season it with a smoky spice rub to get a wonderful result.
Do you use frozen or canned vegetables in Brunswick Stew?
Everyone has his or her own preference for vegetables. For onion, I use frozen. For limas, I have used both and prefer canned for its creamier consistency. For creamed corn, I use canned. If I use okra, I use frozen. Potatoes? I LOVE using bagged refrigerated diced potatoes (Simply Potatoes is my favorite) for convenience. I steam them until tender before adding to the slow cooker. Raw potatoes will not cook completely and will end up being hard and ruining the stew.
This Brunswick Stew has 2 “sauces.”
My Brunswick Stew gets flavor from 2 sauces. One is homemade, and it is basically a mixture of vinegar, Worcestershire, ketchup, liquid smoke and melted butter. It is a zippy sauce that adds great complexity to the stew. The other sauce is bottled barbecue sauce; pick your favorite. I use Sticky Fingers, Bob Gibsons, or Bull’s Eye (Cook’s Illustrated’s grocery store pick from its taste tests). If you buy your pork from a barbecue restaurant, you will get sauce that is perfect for this stew.
Season ingredients as you go.
As you cook your potatoes and sauce your onions, season them with butter, kosher salt and ground pepper before you add to the “pot.” I’ve learned that dishes taste better when ingredients are seasoned separately before being thrown into the mix.
How to make Brunswick Stew ahead of time.
Video of me making my Brunswick Stew.
In the video below, I show how to make my version of Brunswick Stew. If you watch to the end, you will get to see my favorite way to eat Brunswick Stew. This is the way most of my generation enjoy it.
I do hope you will try this fabulous Brunswick Stew! If you do, please leave comments below. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!
- 3/4 pound cooked, chopped chicken (preferably smoked)
- 3/4-1 pound smoked Boston butt pork
- 1 cup diced potatoes (cooked until just tender)*
- 1 cup diced onion (frozen is fine)
- 1 can creamed corn
- 1 can lima beans, drained
- 1 can petite diced tomatoes
- 1 carton Chicken Broth (may not use all)
- 1 cup bottled barbecue sauce
- 1 TB Liquid Smoke
- 1 TB Worcestershire
- 4 TB melted butter (divided into 2 TB each)
- 2 TB white vinegar
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1/2 bottle barbecue sauce (use your favorite)
- Tabasco (to taste)
- salt & pepper to taste
- Place chopped pork and chicken into slow cooker.
- In small bowl, mix 2 TB melted butter, white vinegar, liquid smoke, Worcestershire and ketchup. Pour over meat.
- Steam diced potatoes (I use Ziploc steam bag) 4 minutes our until just tender. Open bag to release air so that they don't continue to cook.
- Sauté onion in 2 TB until tender. Add potatoes; toss with onions.Sprinkle with kosher salt & freshly ground pepper.
- Add potatoes and onions to slow cooker.
- Add drained lima beans, creamed corn and diced tomatoes.
- With large spatula, mix ingredients well.
- Add barbecue sauce, stirring into ingredients.
- Add chicken broth a cup at a time until stew is desired consistency.
- Cook on high 4-5 hours or low 6-7 hours.
- Serve with saltines or cornbread, with tobasco on the side.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 237Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 662mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 3gSugar: 15gProtein: 12g