Alabama Camp Stew?

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MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
2008/04/16 07:37:05
Does anyone have an authentic recipe for Alabama camp stew, specifically the style served around Montgomery, Prattville, and Wetumpka?

It's heaven in a bowl, yet I haven't found anything on the web that resembles it.

brittneal
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Alabama Camp Stew? 2008/04/16 07:58:25
camp-version..
http://www.recipesource.com/misc/camping/00/rec0014.html
home version
http://southernfood.about.com/od/crockpotgroundbeef/r/bl85c2.htm
britt
Jimeats
Filet Mignon
RE: Alabama Camp Stew? 2008/04/16 08:14:20
Up here in Yankee territory we call that stuff "Slumgullion".
Sounds like a dish that the Privateers may have enjoyed after a long voyage.
Chow Jim
edited to add, You won't find that dish on a menu anytime soon.
Adjudicator
Sirloin
RE: Alabama Camp Stew? 2008/04/16 20:07:29
This?:

http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=989&SearchTerms=swamp,gravy

Jimeats
Filet Mignon
RE: Alabama Camp Stew? 2008/04/17 08:02:59
Adj, I have become quite popular due to Swamp Gravey.
At our club during special sporting events we either grill or bring something in. Well I've been doing the swamp gravey for a few years.
1st year I made about 4 gals, now I'm up to roughly 12gals.
The guy's love it along with a tray of cornbread or biscuits. And it's easy for me just drag it in plop it on the table Done.
Chow Jim
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Alabama Camp Stew? 2008/04/17 08:20:09
Thank you very much for your responses.

Brittneal's camp version is fairly close; I'd say about 80% there. If I study that a while, I may be able to come up with it.

That swamp gravy sure sounds interesting, though. I wasn't familiar with it.

By the way, you can get camp stew in a few restaurants around Montgomery, but I'm about four hours away. Not easy to get there when I'm in the mood for camp stew!
iqdiva
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Alabama Camp Stew? 2008/04/17 09:43:46
MellowRoast,I'm so glad that I saw this thread...Camp stew is a little different from Brunswick Stew ,but not by much...Dothan , Alabama is 112 miles southeast from the Montgomery area...Here is our version of Camp Stew that is always served at "Earth Roasting Barbeques " , which is what we call a real old fashioned Southern pit barbeque "Pig Roast "...In fact , a group of my husbands collegues are having an Earth Roastin' with a whole hog this coming May 3rd...Here is the Camp Stew that the men make for this feast ! :

"SOUTHEAST ALABAMA EARTH ROASTIN' BBQ CAMP STEW "

5 chickens ( each 2 and a half pound average )
5 pounds beef chuck
5 pounds pork butt
Salt and Black Pepper To taste
1 gallon canned tomatoes
1 gallon english peas ( english peas are what we call green peas )
1 gallon butterbeans ( lima beans )
1 gallon whole kernel corn
10 pounds of potatoes , peeled and cubed
10 pounds onions , chopped
1 ( ten ounce ) bottle Worcestershire sauce
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes To Taste
Tabasco Sauce To Taste
1 gallon of catsup

Cook all the meat until it falls off the bones . Remove the bones,skin and fat.Skim as much fat as possible from the surface of the broth. Combine the meats and all the other ingredients except the Tabasco and catsup. Cook 6 to 8 hours over very low heat , stirring frequently. In the last hour of cooking, add the Tabasco and catsup . Simmer another hour and get ready to eat !

Serves 75 to 80 at a big Earth Roastin'

NebGuy
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Alabama Camp Stew? 2008/04/17 11:00:52
I have a question for you Southerners.

I have made Brunswick Stew before and have several recipes for it. I had never heard of Camp Stew until this thread and when iqdiva posted a recipe for Camp Stew it looks pretty much like what I call Brunswick Stew except the quantity of ingredients varies which I understand would with most stew recipes.

So here is my question (or questions). What is the difference between the two or are they basically the same thing but called different names in different regions of the South?

One more thing… Has anyone ever seen Hamburger Helper Camp Stew?
iqdiva
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Alabama Camp Stew? 2008/04/17 11:13:49
NebGuy,Camp Stew is very close to Brunswick Stew...I think the difference lies in the inclusion of the english peas and butterbeans in the Camp Stew....I love both of them though...
As for the " 2008 Hamburger Helper Debacle " ... Please exhibit good taste and never mention that unpleasentness ever again.......LOL...
As I mentioned to our RF friend Ancient Mariner, I have never in my life , nor never hope to ever experience anything like THAT again in one hundred lifetimes... To say that it was sheer insanity run amok would be an understatement for the ages ! LOL...
the grillman
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Alabama Camp Stew? 2008/04/17 11:29:29
Every time we make brisket, pulled pork, beer can chicken, anything on the smoker or grill, we cook extra to to freeze and save to make this kind of stew later on. In fact, we made some last night.

Wow, is it good. Easy, too.

Our ingredients change frequently, depending on what we have on hand, but try to include:

A couple different meats, usually pork, chicken, or brisket
Potatoes
Onions
Bell pepper
Celery
Corn
Tomatoes (canned, diced, with juice)
Lima beans
Barbecue sauce
Ketchup
Worcestershire
Hot sauce
Lemon juice or cider vinegar, for a little extra zip
Salt and pepper
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Alabama Camp Stew? 2008/04/17 12:28:56
Thank you, Iqdiva!

I believe the main difference is I've not seen the peas or the limas in the "Prattville" version I'm accustomed to. (I may have to add the limas, though.)

Now to scale it down to a much smaller serving! Brittneal's camp version is so close, too. Stlouisguy's, also. By the way, hello to everyone at Ritenour Jr. High School.
iqdiva
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Alabama Camp Stew? 2008/04/17 12:34:12
You're so welcome friend MellowRoast...I was so happy to share this very traditional gathering recipe with you !
Don't forget to make up a pan of cornbread to eat with it !
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Alabama Camp Stew? 2008/04/17 13:10:09
Yes, without cornbread, it just wouldn't be camp stew!
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
RE: Alabama Camp Stew? 2008/04/18 00:04:16
Dearfolk,
So Camp Stew didn't originate in Camp Hill, Alabama?!?!?!?
If anyone finds this on a restaurant menu, please let me know. I'd really like to try it. THIS sounds most Roadfoodable.
Aritonally Eclectically (It Just Might Be There; You Never Know!), Ort. Carlton in Athens, Georgia (NOT Athens, Alabama!).
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: Alabama Camp Stew? 2008/04/18 05:19:16
Our Boyscouts make stew like this a lot.They just call it stew...but never looked much like regular stew to me...now I know, I'll just call it camp stew!!!!
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Alabama Camp Stew? 2008/04/18 05:31:01
Camp stew and Brunwick stew are so regionally influenced, you never know what you're gonna get until it's right in front of you.

Take American goulash, for example. A local restaurant serves "American Chop Suey" and calls it goulash. Three miles down the same road, another restaurant serves it, but they called it "spicy beef & macaroni".

My parents served a dish with the same ingredients, called it goulash, but it was a soup.

If you visit a Hungarian family, you'll get something totally different.

I guess that's what makes food so interesting. We're trying like heck to figure out what the other person is talking about!
scrumptiouschef
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/04/21 19:52:50
Roll on by Fat Boys and get yourself a big bowl of Camp Stew
 
http://www.fatboysbarbqueranch.com/
Foodbme
Porterhouse
RE: Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/04/21 20:09:06
NebGuy
One more thing… Has anyone ever seen Hamburger Helper Camp Stew?

No, and I don't want to either! That HH stuff is Nasty!
Foodbme
Porterhouse
RE: Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/04/21 20:16:05
scrumptiouschef
Roll on by Fat Boys and get yourself a big bowl of Camp Stew
http://www.fatboysbarbqueranch.com/

Since Fat Boy's is in Prattville, AL -I'd guess it's the real deal! Anyone been there?
Foodbme
Porterhouse
RE: Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/04/22 01:31:25
In Tuscaloosa, they've been eating a lot of crow in their Alabama Stew recently!
Auburn 28  Alabama 27
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/04/22 06:17:58
I wouldn't mention that at Christie's Corner Cafe.
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/05/10 07:26:13
Foodbme

scrumptiouschef
Roll on by Fat Boys and get yourself a big bowl of Camp Stew
http://www.fatboysbarbqueranch.com/

Since Fat Boy's is in Prattville, AL -I'd guess it's the real deal! Anyone been there?

A friend in Prattville tells me the barbecue is "very good," but no word on the camp stew.
post edited by MellowRoast - 2011/05/10 07:27:32
atoothaker
Junior Burger
Re:Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/09/03 21:11:53
Mellow Roast, I believe I have the recipe for you! I grew up in Montgomery and I know what you are looking for. All these other recipes have peas and other ingredients not found in Alabama camp stew.
Here's my quick and easy recipe for when I can't get to my favorite "Que Stew" restaurant. Just made a pot today for a rainy Labor day weekend.
Camp Stew
2 cans Castleberry BBQ pork
2 large cans white chicken breast
2 cans whole kernel corn, drained
2 cans cream corn
1 large can tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 large onion, chopped
2 1/2 TBS worcestershire sauce (more if you like)
2 TBS lemon juice
1 TBS brown sugar
1 tsp hot sauce (more if you like)
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients in a large pot and simmer on low for 2 to 3 hours. Top with some additional chopped BBQ pork from your favorite restaurant and serve with hot cornbread.
 
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/09/04 11:14:03
atoothaker:  Thank you very much!  I can't get Castleberry products here, but perhaps I can substitute something else.  The owner of a local food truck was from Prattville and served up spectaular camp stew but sadly went out of business.  I wish I'd asked for the recipe.  
 
I enjoyed living in Montgomery from 77-79 and haven't forgotten some of those local delicacies.  
atoothaker
Junior Burger
Re:Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/09/04 13:11:24
I've had trouble finding Castleberry's lately too. Do you have Publix in your area? I found Patterson's Brand Smokehouse Barbeque Pork in cans there. Hope that helps. I've got my stew going now and cornbread in the oven! Can't wait! 
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/09/04 13:20:56
We do have 3 Publix stores, but not really close to me.  However, I'm sure there's something I can substitute.  By the way, I really miss Walt's Family Breakfast Shop and Martin's Restaurant.
atoothaker
Junior Burger
Re:Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/09/04 13:33:31
Grew up eating Martin's fried chicken and their fabulous pies! Did you ever try Chris' Hotdogs downtown? Wow, I could go for a hot dog and a chocolate milk.
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/09/04 13:52:27
Yes, but not until 2007!  And I loved it.  I can't imagine why I didn't know about it when I lived there. No one told me!  Another place I never knew about and still haven't visited is Hamburger King.  I hear it's great.
 
I lived in Birmingham from 79-85 and miss several places there, too.  Especially Milo's Hamburgers.  I crave the sauce, even though I can get the tea here.
post edited by MellowRoast - 2011/09/04 13:58:41
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/09/04 13:53:34
By they way, I've tried to duplicate Milo's sauce for years with no luck.  And I'd love to know how to make Chris' sauce, too.  They sell it for $35 a gallon. Yikes! 
post edited by MellowRoast - 2011/09/04 13:56:38
atoothaker
Junior Burger
Re:Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/09/04 14:04:43
Everytime I eat a Milo burger, I try to figure out the sauce. It's a total mystery! You can buy Chris' sauce in a styrofoam cup for a couple of dollars, but you could never or want to duplicate at home the years of grease and grime that makes a Chris' hotdog what it is :) I love Chris' but can't think too deeply about what I'm consuming!
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/09/04 14:52:14
Well, you're lucky to have Milo's.  I've a been a fan since my first bite in 1983.  I'm pretty sure it contains Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, and chili sauce and/or ketchup, but I'm clueless as to the rest of the ingredients.
 
I miss a lot of places in B'ham, many of them no longer in business.  I used to eat Camel Riders at Nabeel's when Nabeel actually owned it (nice man), and it was merely a food shop and deli.
post edited by MellowRoast - 2011/09/04 14:54:45
iqdiva
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/09/04 17:15:20
Atoothaker :) I'm a Wiregrass native & my recipe for Earth Roastin Camp Stew is a very authentic and old recipe we use for earth hog roasts . It does call for English ( green peas ) . Camp stew & Brunswick Stew are different things in our area of Alabama :) :) :) Take care :)
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/09/04 17:21:36
:)
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/09/04 17:25:35
iqdiva
Atoothaker :) I'm a Wiregrass native & my recipe for Earth Roastin Camp Stew is a very authentic and old recipe we use for earth hog roasts . It does call for English ( green peas ) . Camp stew & Brunswick Stew are different things in our area of Alabama :) :) :) Take care :)

How about posting your recipe!
iqdiva
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/09/04 17:27:22
Foodbme

iqdiva
Atoothaker :) I'm a Wiregrass native & my recipe for Earth Roastin Camp Stew is a very authentic and old recipe we use for earth hog roasts . It does call for English ( green peas ) . Camp stew & Brunswick Stew are different things in our area of Alabama :) :) :) Take care :)

How about posting your recipe!


I did at the beginning of this thread :) :) :)
iqdiva
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/09/04 17:36:45
Here's my recipe again Dear Friends :)
RE: Alabama Camp Stew? Thu, 04/17/08 9:43 AM ([link=javascript:void(showMsgNum(393012))]permalink[/link])
MellowRoast,I'm so glad that I saw this thread...Camp stew is a little different from Brunswick Stew ,but not by much...Dothan , Alabama is 112 miles southeast from the Montgomery area...Here is our version of Camp Stew that is always served at "Earth Roasting Barbeques " , which is what we call a real old fashioned Southern pit barbeque "Pig Roast "...In fact , a group of my husbands collegues are having an Earth Roastin' with a whole hog this coming May 3rd...Here is the Camp Stew that the men make for this feast ! :

"SOUTHEAST ALABAMA EARTH ROASTIN' BBQ CAMP STEW "

5 chickens ( each 2 and a half pound average )
5 pounds beef chuck
5 pounds pork butt
Salt and Black Pepper To taste
1 gallon canned tomatoes
1 gallon english peas ( english peas are what we call green peas )
1 gallon butterbeans ( lima beans )
1 gallon whole kernel corn
10 pounds of potatoes , peeled and cubed
10 pounds onions , chopped
1 ( ten ounce ) bottle Worcestershire sauce
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes To Taste
Tabasco Sauce To Taste
1 gallon of catsup

Cook all the meat until it falls off the bones . Remove the bones,skin and fat.Skim as much fat as possible from the surface of the broth. Combine the meats and all the other ingredients except the Tabasco and catsup. Cook 6 to 8 hours over very low heat , stirring frequently. In the last hour of cooking, add the Tabasco and catsup . Simmer another hour and get ready to eat !

Serves 75 to 80 at a big Earth Roastin'

 
atoothaker
Junior Burger
Re:Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/09/04 17:52:34
Iqdiva, Camp Stew must be very regionally influenced. The camp stew sold around central Alabama is primarily barbequed meat, tomatoes, corn and onions. I think the butterbeans, peas and potatoes threw Mellow Roast off from what is offered around the Montgomery area. Your recipe looks wonderful. I wish I had a pot big enough to make some;)  
iqdiva
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/09/04 18:00:48
Thank you Darlin' :) I scale it down for my family when we have our 'cue cookin's at home
:) :) :)
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/09/04 19:02:21
iqdivq,
What's with the ":) :) :)'s ??
THANX for the recipe.
Now I gotta figure out how to scale it down
iqdiva
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Alabama Camp Stew? 2011/09/04 20:30:55
Foodbme

iqdivq,
What's with the ":) :) :)'s ??
THANX for the recipe.
Now I gotta figure out how to scale it down


I'm a nice lady ... I :) a lot :) :) :) :)
 
Firebug26
Junior Burger
Re:Alabama Camp Stew? 2012/01/05 21:58:13
I lived in Wetumpka for 4 years, but visited family several times before. Our menfolk at Trinity Episcopal always did a big Boston Butt sale, then sold camp stew at Christmas on the Coosa with leftover butts. My stepdad is one of the cooks. I will contact him and try to get the recipe. I always loved Hog Rock BBQ's stew also! 
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Alabama Camp Stew? 2012/01/11 12:33:04
Thank you, Firebug26, we'd love to have your stepdad's recipe.  Camp stew really rocks!
bamabarefootbaby
Junior Burger
Re:Alabama Camp Stew? 2012/10/16 16:02:51
I have been searching for days to find a recipe for camp stew without Ketchup..I highly recommend The Butt Hutt aka Bradshaw's Bbq on 231 between wetumpka and Montgomery any day over Fat Boys for the camp stew it is made to perfection and becomes highly addictive. If it has ketchup I would never want to know because I hate ketchup..LOL..Just ordered 4 quarts from the local -Volunteer F.D and hope it is very similar to B.Hutts..I am still searching for a recipe like the camp stew served around here (elmore co, montgomery co, even autauga co) please
3 Olives
Cheeseburger
Re:Alabama Camp Stew? 2012/10/16 18:39:27
MellowRoast

atoothaker:  Thank you very much!  I can't get Castleberry products here, but perhaps I can substitute something else.  The owner of a local food truck was from Prattville and served up spectaular camp stew but sadly went out of business.  I wish I'd asked for the recipe.  

I enjoyed living in Montgomery from 77-79 and haven't forgotten some of those local delicacies.  


Be glad you can't get Castleberry products - it's like complaining because you can't catch the flu.