No Brunswick Stew in Texas? Here’s a Recipe

Sep 18

No Brunswick Stew in Texas? Here’s a Recipe

I’m not turning into a recipe blog, I promise, but I thought I’d offer a bit of a rant followed by a recipe today. Here follows my rant about Brunswick Stew.

I’m originally from Georgia and came to Texas by way of Alabama. When you eat barbecue in the south, you get baked beans (not pinto beans) and you can order Brunswick Stew, not a beef / vegetable soup.

I know I can’t expect everything to be the same everywhere I go, but I would think that as big as barbecue is in Texas that someone here would know what I was talking about when I asked if they have Brunswick Stew.

Brunswick, Virginia and Brunswick, Georgia each claim to have invented the stew, but as I’m from Georgia I’ll go with the Georgia story. There’s even a plaque in Brunswick, Georgia, with a cast iron cookpot claiming to be the very pot the stew was cooked in back in 1898.

Brunswick Stew is a one pot meal made with a combination of meat, corn and tomatoes. There are a variety of ways to make it and you can taste just about every type and flavor at a Georgia barbecue cook off.

I made the rounds on my Facebook page and called my mom so I could get a recipe. I’m planning to make a batch to carry to our son in West Texas this fall. My mom sent me this recipe from one of her old cookbooks.

Brunswick Stew

3 1/2 lb pork

1 Fryer chicken

3 Med onion

1 1/2 cans tomatoes

1 can cream corn

Juice of 3 lemons

1/4 c vinegar

1 1/2 tsp salt

8 tsp worcestershire sauce

1/4 bottle hot sauce

2 bottles ketchup

1/16 tsp red pepper

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 small jar of mustard

Cook the pork and chicken and reserve the broth. Grind the pork and chicken in a food processor with the onion. Combine all in large pot. Cook low heat for 2 hours. Stir occasionally and add broth as needed.

I’ll be cutting the recipe down in order to fit my large soup pot, but even cut down it’ll make enough for leftovers for a few days. I’ll also be finding a replacement for any ingredients that contain gluten, such as the sauces, and using a gluten-free alternative.

Have you ever moved anywhere and not been able to find your favorite food? Let me know in the comments or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.


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