Homemade Brunswick Stew Recipe

A Gentleman’s Dish


One of the quintessential qualities of a gentleman is confidence, and though it’s beneficial in all areas of life, don’t neglect developing confidence in the kitchen. Cooking skills not only benefit the gentleman himself, but enable him to create a delightful meal to entertain friends, spend time in the kitchen with family, and help his partner with everyday household tasks. Read on for the crowd-pleasing dishes these five locals think every gentleman should know how to make.  


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A gentleman's dish Brunswick stew plated with cornbread

Homemade Brunswick Stew

Danny Welch
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 12


For the barbecue sauce

  • 1/4 stick of butter
  • 1 3/4 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. hickory Liquid Smoke
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Louisianna Hot Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

For the stew:

  • 1/4 stick butter
  • 3 cups potatoes, diced
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 29 oz. chicken broth
  • 1 lb. chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 1 lb. pulled pork
  • 1 can early peas, drained
  • 2 cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can lima beans, drained
  • 1/4 cup hickory Liquid Smoke
  • 1 can creamed corn


  • For the barbecue sauce:
  • Over low heat, melt butter.
  • Add ketchup, mustard, and vinegar and blend until smooth.
  • Add other ingredients and let simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Do not bring to a boil. 

For the stew:

  • Melt butter, then add potatoes, onions, and chicken broth.
  • Boil until potatoes are soft.
  • Add chicken, pork, peas, tomatoes, lima beans, liquid smoke, and barbecue sauce.
  • Slow simmer for 90 minutes.
  • Add creamed corn, then simmer for 30 more minutes.
Keyword Brunswick Stew
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“This was a recipe of my mom’s that we had growing up. What makes this so special is the sauce. She had her own secret sauce, and it wasn’t until after her death that I found the recipe with one ingredient missing. After trying many different things, I figured out the missing ingredient was lemon juice. Five generations have now enjoyed this stew. It’s great served with hot cornbread and butter.” – Danny Welch

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