Brunswick Stew

  • Serves

    serves 8-10


This North Carolina-style side dish stew, comes from Diannia Hudgins, aunt of SAVEUR kitchen director Kellie Evans. This recipe first appeared in our June/July 2011 BBQ issue.


  • 14 cup canola oil
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 lb. boneless pork shoulder, cut into 2″ chunks
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large yellow onion, minced
  • 3 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. crushed red chile flakes
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 lb. Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1 lb. fresh or frozen corn
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 (28-oz.) can whole, peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand
  • 1 (15-oz.) can butter beans, drained and rinsed


Step 1

Heat oil in an 8-qt. Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season chicken and pork with salt and pepper, and, working in batches, cook, turning once, until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Add garlic and onion and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add tomato paste, chile flakes, thyme, and bay leaf; cook for 2 minutes. Add meat back to pot along with potatoes, corn, stock, tomatoes, and beans; bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring, until meat is tender and potatoes begin to fall apart, about 1 hour. Remove meat from pot, shred with two forks; return to pot.

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