In the 1990’s, colonists that resided in Virginia began to excel in cooking, thanks to the new technology they had. Since then, there have been many historic dishes that have lived on through several generations! These dishes not only have historic meaning within families, but they also serve as tradition to make during the holiday season. As the weather begins to chill in the state of Virginia, Brunswick Stew is one of these famous dishes. If this dish is not a tradition in your family, it is never to late to start a new tradition with this recipe.
More About the Name
It is a known and common debate that no one really knows where the name Brunswick Stew comes from. Some believe it originated in Brunswick Georgia, while most people believe that it is a Virginia tradition that originated in Brunswick County, VA. (Hence the name!) The reason why people still to this day debate over the name and fight over which state created this delicious stew is because both cities are named after the German Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg, then home to the House of Hanover, which once ruled the British. They claim to have created it!
- 4 Tablespoon butter
- 3 cloves garlic,, minced
- 1 large yellow onion,, finely chopped
- 1 (15 oz) can fire roasted tomatoes (undrained)
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce, (I used Sweet Baby Ray’s)
- 2 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 pounds smoked pulled pork, (or chicken)
- 8 oz. frozen corn
- 8 oz. frozen lima beans
- Salt and pepper, to taste
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Melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Once the butter is melted, you can add the garlic and onions and sauté until they are soft, this usually takes about 5 minutes.
Next, Stir in the tomatoes, chicken stock, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire, brown sugar, cayenne, smoked pork, lima beans, corn, salt, and pepper. This is the fun part!
Finally, you will need to bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer after it boils and cook over medium-low heat for about 1.5 hours. You will need to continue stirring occasionally for the best flavor, temperature, and etc.
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