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Steve’s Brunswick Stew

Steve said this is really great on a cold day in the winter.  Wait a minute---a cold day---he lives in Jacksonville, FL!  I think, they think, down Jax way, that anything below 50 degrees is cold, right Steve?  When it reaches 50 degrees here in the frigid Midwest, people are out in shorts washing their cars. Guess this means that we would think his Brunswick stew is doubly great, and it is!

Steve and Bill worked for the same company for many years before Bill retired and shared some business trips, of which I am still waiting for the details of!

Neither Bill nor I have ever eaten Brunswick stew and I was intrigued when Steve said he has a great recipe for it.  I knew I had to try it!  And he is right on spot ~ it’s excellent!

Evidently, there is a “stew” war over the origin of Brunswick stew!  Here are two opposing stories:

One account traces the creation of the dish back to 1828 in Brunswick County in southern Virginia and the other attributes its origins to the stew being first cooked in 1898 in Brunswick, Georgia.

The Virginia story goes that a Virginia State Legislator was on a hunting trip with some friends and his chef, “Uncle” Jimmy Matthews.  “Uncle” Jimmy was the designated camp cook, and while the others hunted, he shot and dressed some squirrels.  As he waited for the hunters to return to camp, he put the squirrels into a large cast iron pot with some butter, onion, stale bread, herbs and spices and let the mixture stew for hours.  The hunters heartily approved of it.

Georgia history states that the first batch of Brunswick stew was cooked by a soldier working in the mess hall at a fort on St. Simons Island, on the coast, near Brunswick. 

Who knows, maybe both stories are accurate…

Brunswick stew is now usually made with chicken or a mix of meats, which may include beef, pork or even rabbit or squirrel.  Corn, tomatoes and onions are added and maybe peas, lima beans or okra.  I think the ingredients Steve added are perfect and I’m just glad he didn’t include rabbit or squirrel!

Steve says if you can’t find the BBQ meats in cans, look for tubs of it the refrigerated meat section and that is where I found them; with 2 brands being Lloyds and Curly’s.

This would be a perfect dish for your Super Bowl party!

Steve’s Brunswick Stew


1 can Castlebury BBQ Pork
1 can Castlebury BBQ Beef
1 can Castlebury BBQ Chicken
2 cans Rotel tomatoes and chilies (I used regular)
1 can whole kernel corn
1 can cream-style corn
1 can English peas
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste


In a large pot, combine it all well.
Let it simmer for several hours, the longer the better.
Stir occasionally.
8-10 servings

Ummm, mmmm!  It is delicious and will get us through the cold winter perfectly! 

Pam’s note:  I cooked this in my slow cooker for 5 hours on low. 

Thanks Steve for the great recipe ~ it’s the best and so are you!

FYI Steve ~ I still have “Steve” the parrot from Missouri hanging in the kitchen; the “impulse buy,” remember him?

Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog @My Kind of Cooking for great tips, recipes and cookbook giveaway!


  1. Love reading the stories behind this lovely looking stew!:D Hope you have a great day!

  2. Jeannie, thank you! Have a good day!

  3. Lookign deliscious as always pam. Im down to the last of this months pay check so stews and curries are gonna be going a long way for a while lol! thanks for sharing :)

    As usual i made some fattening sweet stuff with butter and chocolate which id love you to take a look at.

    Keep up the awesome blog and happy new year!! :D

  4. Yum, sounds delicious and perfect for a cold NYC day like this!

  5. Que comida tan fantastica para unos días de esto.


  6. I have no hope of finding the ingredients for this but it looks delish. Diane

  7. This does look like the perfect warming meal for a chilly night! Love the flavor of BBQ in it, sounds really delicious!

  8. And for the record, my nose is still scarred from the trip home after the weekend you acquired the impulse buy.

  9. Brunswick stew is popular among the southeners on the BBQ forums I read and it always seemed like something good to make with your leftover meats. While I've seen dozens of recipes, I've never tried it, but if you northeners liked it, I believe I'll have to use this recipe and try some - I believe I have some pork, chicken and brisket in the freezer. I like the idea of just opening cans.

  10. This sounds hearty and delicious, and would be very welcomed today, we're getting socked with snow! Thank you for sharing!

  11. Walnuts and Honey, stews are the way to go and this is a good one! thanks for the visit!

    BigAppleNosh, you got it, it's great for your cold winter also!

    jose manuel, gracias! Que tengas un buen dia!

    Diane, sorry about that. This is so good and easy also. Have a great rest of the day!

    Faith, it is. Full of BBQ flavor!

    Bubba, we won't forget that weekend, will we? Lots of laughs and fun!

    Big Dude, I think this would be great with leftover meat. Just add plenty of BBQ flavoring. I was amazed how good this is, filling and a perfect comfort dish!

  12. I need a bowl of this soup right now! It is so cold in New Mexico, and nothing hits the spot when it is cold, like a nice warm bowl of soup!

  13. Pam, this is the heartiest stew ever! Comfort food at its best! Has all the ingredients one needs to survive this winter, I'd say! I'll put my slow cooker to use this time. Thanks for making this delicious stew!
    Happy New Year to you!!!!

  14. Who knows which story is the true one? The stew is perfect, but please: no rabbit or squirrel for me !

  15. Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...We've got snow on the ground but not like the east coast, with more on the way the next several days. Stay warm!

    Linda, I know what you mean, this is the only type of food for this weather. Hope all is your way!

    michelangelo in the kitchen, thank you! You're right, it's like a survival kit for winter. It's sooo good left over also. Happy New Year to you also!

    Pamela, I so agree and no danger of having rabbit or squirrel in it here. Have a good evening!

  16. It's been below freezing here for 3days. This would hit the spot!

  17. I have heard a version of the squirrel story so I don't know if that means...that's the right one or not?!

    Yum! That stew I KNOW is wonderful and I am lost in that buttered roll!!!

  18. This looks like it would be perfect to keep me warm!

  19. yum can;t beat a good stew at this time of year :-)

  20. Sitting here with two sweatshirts on and two pairs of socks....this looks divine, and might save me from frostbite!

  21. Wow, with pork, beef and chicken, I can see why this is so delicious! Whichever story is accurate, one thing is, thanks to whoever who created this!

  22. I love beef stew! This one sounds great with the barbecue meats. I am glad there are no squirrels in there too:)

  23. Yummy! The history is very interesting, too!

  24. Well, since I'm a VA gal, I'll have to go with the first story. :) I've made it with chicken, squirrel and rabbit! (And it was delicious with all three!) Your version though, is a lot more practical since my brother isn't here to bring me the critters. :) It sounds yummy!

  25. This is new to me - thank you for the recipe Pam! I'll definitely be trying it out on my family as it's a super winter warmer!

  26. My grandfather used to make this with a boat oar and a giant black pot outside.

  27. I'm with the Floridians...under 50 is freezing!!! :) I love a good Brunswick stew! Very interesting on the stories behind it!

  28. Danelle, I know what you mean! Thanks for the visit!

    Design Wine and Dine, that is probably the correct one. The roll was from a new great bakery in town. Have a good day!

    Pegasuslegend, yes it does. So glad you stopped by!

    Chow and Chatter, yes. It's definitely not the time for a lot of salads.

    Mags @ the Other Side of 50, lol! You dress like I do in the winter!

    kitchen flavours, exactly! Whoever came up with it knew what was good.

    Raina, you're right. You'll never see any recipes with squirrel here!

    Cookie Sleuth, thanks and glad you enjoyed it!

    scrambledhenfruit, OK! I'll go with that story also. You are the adventurous cook and I could probably eat it with rabbit, not so with squirrel. Think I'll stick to this good recipe though.

    Sue, give it a try as it's really delicious and warms you up!

    A Busy Nest, how great! That would be something to see and I'm wondering what all he added to it.

    Jenn, it's 20 degrees here now with snow coming for the weekend so I'm sure you wouldn't go for that. Glad you liked the stories!

  29. I don't know that I've ever tried Brunswick Stew but I love all the ingredients you've used and am sure I would enjoy it.

  30. I'm from Virginia so I put squirrels in my Brunswick Stew!! Not really! I've used the recipe from the Williamsburg cookbook for years. I usually accompany it with Sally Lunn bread as well. Your recipe looks delicious. I know there are many versions. Any version is good in our midwest temps!


  31. I love the simplicity of your recipe. Stew is perfect for this time of year. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  32. I would love a big bowl of this!

  33. I'm not a huge fan of I would probably sub in okra instead... but your bowl looks and sounds so very good! I'm spoiled here in Austin. We have been having a "cold spell" that you midwesterners would probably laugh at! No matter where we're located though...I'm sure this soup tastes great. Thank you for sharing, Pam!

  34. Thks for sharing the great story & video! Food certainly looks yummy :)

    Have a great weekend!

  35. Stew! Something about the warm, rich, gravy goodness gets me EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

  36. Cathy, this was the first time I've had it and it's great!

    From the Kitchen, lol! Glad your kidding about the squirrel. The bread sounds great with it!

    Mary, thanks! It's soooo good!

    laurie, leftover it's great also!

    Monet, okra would be good also. It's 18 degrees here now with snow on the way for the weekend. Enjoy your "cold spell!"

    Blackswan, thanks and have a great weekend!

    Jill, you are so right! Stew is a perfect comfy dish! Thanks for the visit!

  37. This looks so good! perfect time for stews (and soups)

    Hi Pam..nice to meet you...I too love to cook and have been doing it since I was 7 (my first meal..first interest was 5!!) BUT I am definitely NOT an expert..although I will try (most) anything! I am also addicted to cookbooks...and read them like novels!

  38. Pam, this looks great - definitely going on my "to do" list!
    thx, ceecee

  39. Dear Pam: I created a new dessert inspired in your mom's "Snowballs", I hope you don't mind all the changes I introduced to such lovely and complete recipe, you see: coconut and pinneaples always remind me of "pina colada". Big hugs

  40. Hi Jeanne! I've heard of Brunswick stew but never had a recipe for it. Thanks you! I've actually eaten rabbit, and it is quite tasty. Of course I did not have to face the bunny first ( it was packeged like any other meat) or I could never had eaten it. If I lived on a farm I think I'd be vegetarian :) I'm now following your blog on facebook!

  41. Sorry I called you, Jeanne, Pam! I hit my head with the palm of my hand when I saw what I wrote. I guess I've been writng too many comments this afternoon. :)

  42. Janie, thank you! That is amazing that you have been cooking since you were 7! Way to go and that definitely qualifies you as a foodie too! Glad to hear you are a cookbook addict also! Have a good day!

    Pamela, fantastic! I can't wait to check it out. It is one of my favorite desserts and I know yours has to be delicious also. It's hard to beat that pina colada thing!

    Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti, that's OK, I answer to about anything. Glad the rabbit was packaged for you. I've had rabbit at my grandmother's but doubt if it was packaged. Happy weekend to you!

  43. That looks and sounds pretty good and not a lot of work. Bet it tasted good.

  44. Looks good--have never had it before.

    Have a great weekend.


  45. I am always in the mood for stew lately and this sounds wonderfully hearty!

  46. Oh man, this stew looks delicious! So perfect for this time of year! I need to make this soon!

  47. Love that new header photo, so vibrant.

    I'm always siding with Brunswick GA's story because I'm from nearby Jacksonville. Speaking of which, having lived there for 32 years and now living near the Smoky Mountains, 32 degrees there FEELS colder than 32 degrees here, no kidding. I think it's the humidity and ocean. It was a noticeable difference when we moved here in 2000 so Steve gets a break, lol.

  48. Donnie, yes! It's easy too!

    Country Dreaming, try it! Have a great weekend!

    Joanne, stew is the best for a great winter dish., it is! Thanks for stopping by.

    Chris, thank you! lol! I think you're right. Humidity makes a big difference. I know that from growing up in Louisville. Have a great weekend!

  49. Dear Pam! You have no idea how I loved your mom's Snowballs, I came back to thank you. Although I made some changes, it's basically your recipe and it is gorgeous, absolutely delicious: I made it again for this weekend, I had friends for lunch yesterday, there was none left!!

  50. Yum. This is a soup my hubby would eat. Can't wait to try it out. Thanks,

  51. A great recipe for a cold snowy winter. I've to bookmark this for the coming wintery season...

  52. I would love to try out a spicy version of this. I always crave for a hot tomato stews.Bookmarked. By the way it was quite easy.

  53. Yup.. that sure sounds good for a day like today.
    I love stews in the winter!


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