Brunswick Stew

Since moving to North Carolina our eating habits have changed. We have been branching out a bit and trying new recipes.

I am a follower of a site called The Country Cook. Everything I have tried off this site has come out AMAZING!!!

The Country Cook recently did a post on 25 must make soup, chili & stew recipes.

We tried the Brunswick stew.


OMG! It came out amazing!

Here’s the recipe:


2 lbs. ground beef

1 medium onion, diced

1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes

1 (18 oz.) bottle barbecue sauce

2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed

2 cans corn, drained well

1 can northern beans, drained and rinsed

1 can pinto beans, undrained

5 cups beef broth (or stock)



In a large pot, brown and crumble ground beef along with diced onions over medium heat.

While the meat is browning, peel and cube the potatoes.

Drain and rinse the northern beans. Also, drain cans of corn.

When the ground beef is cooked, drain excess grease.

Put ground beef back into large pot and start adding all the other ingredients.

Add in can of crushed tomatoes, pinto beans, drained northern beans and corn.

Now along add 5 cups of beef broth with diced potatoes and bottle of barbecue sauce.

Give it all a good stir.

Now, all you really need to do is get it all warmed up and make sure the potatoes are cooked.

Cover pot and simmer on medium heat for about 30 minutes (until your potatoes are fork tender).

Or, you can put all of it in the crock pot to finish cooking and keep warm until you are ready to eat (about 4 hours on the low setting).

Serve with crackers.

Cook’s Note: If you want to use chicken or other white meat with this, just substitute the beef broth with chicken broth.



First of all, you need a BIG pot or a larger than usual crockpot if you slow cook it. My crockpot was filled to the rim!

I used ground turkey, as it has been much cheaper than ground beef lately. It worked just fine.

The crushed tomatoes I used had a few seasonings mixed in the can. (Oregano & Basil) It smelled incredible when I opened the can!

I haven’t been buying actual Beef (or Chicken) Broth lately as I have discovered Knorrs’ Chicken & Beef granulated bouillon. Works great and WAY cheaper!

I slow cooked my Brunswick stew at the end for about 5 hours and the potatoes weren’t as soft as I would have liked them to be. Maybe it was because the amount of stew in the crockpot or they just didn’t slow cook long enough, idk.

I would suggest slow cooking a few extra hours for the potatoes.

Last note: This recipe makes a lot! I have a family of 4. Two teenage boys, hubby and myself. We all had 2 bowls and still had enough for another meal! I would suggest halfing the recipe, freezing half  or simply do what we did and have Brunswick stew twice this week.


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