Hearty Brunswick Stew: A Southern Tradition


Immerse yourself in the rich tradition of the South with our Hearty Brunswick Stew. This beloved dish is a symphony of flavors, featuring a mix of tender chicken, pork, and sometimes beef, simmered with a variety of vegetables in a tomato-based broth. It's a hearty, comforting stew that's perfect for family gatherings or to warm up on a chilly day.

Hearty Brunswick Stew: A Southern Tradition

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • This recipe serves 8 people. 
  • Each serving is a hearty bowl of Brunswick stew.

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Protein: 25 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25 g
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 70 mg
  • Sodium: 700 mg
  • Fiber: 5 g


  • Chicken, cooked and shredded: 1 (about 1.5 kg or 3.3 lbs)
  • Pork shoulder, cooked and shredded: 450 g (1 lb)
  • Beef, cooked and shredded (optional): 450 g (1 lb)
  • Canned tomatoes, crushed: 800 g (28 oz)
  • Corn kernels: 300 g (2 cups)
  • Lima beans: 300 g (2 cups)
  • Potatoes, diced: 3 medium
  • Onion, chopped: 1 large
  • Chicken broth: 1.5 liters (6 cups)
  • Barbecue sauce: 120 ml (1/2 cup)
  • Worcestershire sauce: 2 tbsp
  • Salt and pepper: to taste
  • Hot sauce: to taste

Method of Preparation

  1. In a large pot, combine the shredded chicken, pork, and beef (if using) with the tomatoes, corn, lima beans, potatoes, and onion.
  2. Pour in the chicken broth, barbecue sauce, and Worcestershire sauce.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.
  4. Cook for about 2 hours, or until the vegetables are tender and the flavors meld.
  5. Season the stew with salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For a richer stew, brown the meats before shredding and adding them to the pot.
  • Adjust the thickness by adding more broth or simmering longer to reduce.
  • For a smoky flavor, add a bit of smoked paprika or liquid smoke.


Can I make Brunswick Stew in a slow cooker?

Yes, combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

How do I store and reheat leftovers?

Store in the refrigerator and reheat on the stove or in a microwave.

Can I use frozen vegetables?

Absolutely, frozen corn and lima beans work well in this stew.