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Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew

Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew Recipe: This simple crock pot version is the Best Brunswick Stew we’ve ever tasted… And it’s SO easy to make!

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Our Best Brunswick Stew Recipe

Brunswick stew is a dish that is hard to describe.

Smoky. Hearty. Southern. Those are its three most prominent qualities we can think of.

The smoky flavors come from the original method of using leftover smoked meats in the recipe. Yet nowadays, we add barbeque sauce, and liquid smoke to create smokiness at home. You don’t need a smoker to capture all these flavors. 

Brunswick Stew’s heartiness comes from the numerous chunky ingredients that create thickness and texture.

Thesouthernnessof our Best Brunswick Stew comes from the mere fact that it was created in the South. Yet it also takes into account the array of different Southern ingredients found in Brunswick Stew, such as pork, lima beans, corn, and okra. 

All in all, Classic Brunswick Stew is bold and zesty, rich and meaty, and packed with comfort.

We love this recipe, and think it’s the best, because it captures the essence of classic Brunswick Stew found in southern barbecue joints… Yet it is easily made in the crock pot!

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What Is Brunswick Stew?

…And where did it come from??

Apparently, there’s a rivalry between Brunswick County, Virginia, and Brunswick, Georgia over this detail. They go head to head over who deserves the credit for the original recipe for Brunswick Stew.

In an effort to stake their claim, Brunswick County in Virginia hosts an annual Taste of Brunswick Festival, in which people compete to earn the title of “Brunswick County Stewmaster.”

Despite the rivalry, most historians agree that Native Americans were the first to create any sort of Easy Brunswick Stew variation.

They made this stew with any sort of game and vegetables they grew. Originally, the recipe consisted of meat from squirrels, groundhogs, bear, deer, and then hominy, corn, and squash. 

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Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew Recipe

Brunswick Stew is an easy dish to make.

It’s as simple as throwing meat, vegetables, and a mixture of sauces into a slow cooker. Just set and forget… Until the irresistible aroma draws you back to the kitchen.

Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew is the perfect dish to make on a chilly night when you’re craving rich barbeque flavors and plan to relax near the fire.

It’s a cozy comforting stew that can be enjoyed on any number of occasions!

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Easy Brunswick Stew Ingredients

Brunswick Stew is often made with leftover pulled pork, smoked chicken, chopped beef or a combination of meats. That’s why it’s a barbecue restaurant favorite!

For the sake of convenience we are using just pork, but feel free to use any or all of the meats.

  • Butter
  • Sweet onion
  • Celery
  • Bell pepper
  • Garlic
  • Pork roast
  • Baby lima beans
  • White corn
  • Okra
  • Crushed tomato
  • Bbq sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Brown mustard
  • Hot sauce
  • Liquid smoke
  • Bay leaf
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How To Make Brunswick Stew

  1. Sizzle. Set a large skillet over medium heat. Add the butter, onions, celery and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes to soften. Dump the sautéed vegetables into a large slow cooker.
  2. Chop. Cut the pork roast into large chunks. Place all the pieces, including the bone, into the slow cooker.
  3. Load. Add all remaining ingredients to the crock pot.
  4. Cook. Cover and slow cook for 6-7 hours on high or 10-12 hours on low.
  5. Shred. Once the pork is fork-tender, remove the bone and bay leaf. Shred the pork chunks into the stew.
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Easy Brunswick Stew Recipe FAQ

What is the best meat for Brunswick Stew?

The meat choice is up to you, but we definitely recommend pulled pork, chicken, or beef. Use any or all!

How long does Brunswick Stew last?

Brunswick stew lasts up to five days in an airtight sealed container, in your refrigerator. It’s a great dish to make in advance if you have a busy week of work and activities!

Is there a stovetop version of this Brunswick Stew recipe?

Yes! You can use cooked or leftover pulled pork, chicken, or beef for the stovetop version. Saute your vegetables, and then add the pulled meat and other ingredients. Then simmer for 30 minutes. 

Can I freeze Brunswick Stew?

Pack it in a zip bag or airtight container and freeze for 3-6 months. 

How do I make Brunswick Stew thicker?

This recipe is pretty thick. However, you can add cornflour or cornstarch to thicken the broth of your Brunswick Stew!

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Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Our Favorite Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew Recipe ever! This easy crock pot recipe is hearty and packed with flavor.
Servings: 16

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • 4-6 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 pounds pork roast, fat trimmed
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped, any color (I used red)
  • 14 ounces frozen baby lima beans
  • 14 ounces frozen white corn (or white and yellow mixed)
  • 28 ounces crushed tomato
  • ½ cup bbq sauce
  • 3 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoons brown mustard
  • 1-2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 ounces frozen okra
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Set a large skillet over medium heat. Add the butter, onions, celery and garlic. Sprinkle with salt and sauté for 5 minutes to soften. Dump the sautéed vegetables into a large 6+ quart slow cooker.
  • Cut the pork roast into large chunks. Place all the pieces, including the bone, into the slow cooker.
  • Add all remaining ingredients to the slow cooker, along with 1 ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper.
  • Cover and slow cook for 6-7 hours on high or 10-12 hours on low.
  • Once the pork is fork-tender, remove the bone and bay leaf. Shred the pork chunks into the stew. Taste, then season with salt, pepper, and hot sauce as needed.

Notes

Brunswick Stew is often made with pulled pork, chicken, beef or a combination of meats. For the sake of convenience we are using just pork, but feel free to use any or all meats.
Quick Stovetop Version: Use leftover pulled pork, chicken or beef to make a quick stovetop version. Sauté the vegetables. Then add in the pulled meat and other ingredients and simmer on the stovetop for 30 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups, Calories: 242kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 59mg, Sodium: 296mg, Potassium: 772mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 615IU, Vitamin C: 23mg, Calcium: 55mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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2 comments on “Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew”

  1. love all of these ingredients, a new stew for me but the perfect slow cooker recipe, thank you!

  2. I usually wouldn’t make this on my own, but a friend asked for it and they thought it was just amazing.