Hot!Brunswick Stew

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2014/01/26 17:02:09
This is our Soup of the week, problem is, about 5% of customers coming in here have any idea what it is! Is this such an unusual Stew that so many are clueless to what it is? BTW, it's a killer, wish I had a pic!
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/26 17:48:42
You're allowed to serve squirrel? I'll be right there!
 
It's a lot less common than it used to be, though, so it doesn't surprise me that folks don't know what it is.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/26 17:58:21
chewingthefat

This is our Soup of the week, problem is, about 5% of customers coming in here have any idea what it is! Is this such an unusual Stew that so many are clueless to what it is? BTW, it's a killer, wish I had a pic!

Why don't you trade one of your limousines in on a camera?

pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/26 20:41:39
Cut down to 3 btls of Vodka a week and buy a camera. Tom, I don't think most people know what Brunswick stew is.........
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/26 21:02:55
I not only know what it is, I've what seems like 400 squirrels running around outside the house just itching to be part of it.
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/26 22:41:18
TOM, 
Ignore them. I've never had squirrel in my Brunswick stew. Out here, opossum is much more tender.
Please send me a gallon. And put it on MH's tab.
 

 
post edited by EdSails - 2014/01/26 22:42:22
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/26 22:46:36
PS......I ordered you a present. A new camera. The pictures show up instantly!
 

 
 
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/27 02:48:18
There are so many versions of Brunswick Stew in the south, they're sometimes unrecognizable as Brunswick Stew. 
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/27 07:31:54
Does yours have generous amounts of corn and baby lima beans? 
 
My mouth waters at the very thought of this Southern Specialty.
 
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post edited by MetroplexJim - 2014/01/27 07:34:50
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/27 12:12:14
Michael Hoffman

chewingthefat

This is our Soup of the week, problem is, about 5% of customers coming in here have any idea what it is! Is this such an unusual Stew that so many are clueless to what it is? BTW, it's a killer, wish I had a pic!

Why don't you trade one of your limousines in on a camera?

I haven't been using my G 650's much, maybe one of those.

Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/27 12:16:17
Michael Hoffman

I not only know what it is, I've what seems like 400 squirrels running around outside the house just itching to be part of it.

As trigger happy as you are, 400 squirrels running around your backyard??? What happened, did you run out of ammo?
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/27 12:19:57
EdSails

PS......I ordered you a present. A new camera. The pictures show up instantly!





Thanks Ed, I got a bunch of young waitresses that want me to take pictures of them, not here though!

Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/27 12:21:22
pnwchef

Cut down to 3 btls of Vodka a week and buy a camera. Tom, I don't think most people know what Brunswick stew is.........

From my 6 ???
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/27 12:25:41
You could really save some money by cutting down on the cranberry juice. I save by cutting down on the pellets I use for killing squirrels in the yard. Nowadays I never take a shot unless I can kill three at once. It's hard to get them lined up so a pellet will go in the ear of the closest one and come out after passing through the ears of the other two.
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/27 12:30:33
MetroplexJim

Does yours have generous amounts of corn and baby lima beans? 

My mouth waters at the very thought of this Southern Specialty.

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Yep Jim, lots of corn and baby limas, seems like they are standard ingredients, you can put damn near anything else in to make Brunswick Stew, I put in pulled pork, brisket, and a sliced southern spicy sausage, and about 10 spices, vinegar, worstershire, Sylvia's hot sauce, tomatoes, beer, and whatever else that wasn't moving around!

Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/27 12:55:18
OK. I'll go with your pulled pork and brisket, in or out of any stew.
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/27 13:03:07
Michael Hoffman

You could really save some money by cutting down on the cranberry juice. I save by cutting down on the pellets I use for killing squirrels in the yard. Nowadays I never take a shot unless I can kill three at once. It's hard to get them lined up so a pellet will go in the ear of the closest one and come out after passing through the ears of the other two.

It's not hard to do if you train them properly!
the grillman
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/27 18:23:10
just so happens I'm making a pot of Brunswick stew tomorrow for supper...
 
Got some leftover smoked brisket and pulled pork from the freezer....saved just for this purpose.
 
Add in potatoes, tomatoes, corn, limas, onion, some barbecue sauce, lemon juice for sharpness, along with some worchestershire, maybe some ketchup, too.  Let it all cook down; and serve with corn muffins.  Great winter meal.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/27 19:05:28
chewingthefat

MetroplexJim

Does yours have generous amounts of corn and baby lima beans? 

My mouth waters at the very thought of this Southern Specialty.

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Yep Jim, lots of corn and baby limas, seems like they are standard ingredients, you can put damn near anything else in to make Brunswick Stew, I put in pulled pork, brisket, and a sliced southern spicy sausage, and about 10 spices, vinegar, worstershire, Sylvia's hot sauce, tomatoes, beer, and whatever else that wasn't moving around!

That sounds fantastic.
 
Individuals who have never had Brunswick Stew are really missing one of the South's greatest culinary concoctions.  Truly, you have the proper Southern Spirit of 'concoction'!
 
You should make it a regular menu item as do many Eastern Carolina 'cue spots.
 
I like your basic ingredients.  Keep it meaty; small dice on the the potatos; add a few green beans. 
post edited by MetroplexJim - 2014/01/27 19:09:17
porkbeaks
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/27 19:15:58
I've eaten a lot of it since moving up here in 2006, all of it at Q joints. Smoky pulled pork and/or chicken, sometimes some sausage, corn, maybe limas, and some tomato component. Some great, none bad, and none containing squirrel. btw, where do you stand on the issue of origin?
FriedClamFanatic
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/27 19:39:26
I got some Blue-jays that are well corn (and seed) fed that can replace the chicken..and it's either a possum or a raccoon that keeps stealing the suet feeder every night...the whole damn feeder! (we now bring the new one in at dusk!).  Only ingredient you didn't mention was Okra...isn't that a staple of the dish?
porkbeaks
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/27 20:29:23
Okra? That would be Brunswick gumbo.
Davydd
Sirloin
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/27 22:23:48
Okra is pretty much a thickener in lieu of flour in the gravy part.
JayL
Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/28 00:24:00
I've never had a Brunswick Stew with okra or flour.
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/28 01:00:01
I don't think I have either.
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/28 01:15:05
JayL

I've never had a Brunswick Stew with okra or flour.

 
I've had it many times with okra, which provides natural thickening. Brunswick Stew really seems to be full of variations even from county to county, so I'm not surprised that the ones you've had did not contain okra. The ones I had in Alabama did, although I can't remember if it did in North Carolina. 
 
 
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/28 13:16:54
porkbeaks

I've eaten a lot of it since moving up here in 2006, all of it at Q joints. Smoky pulled pork and/or chicken, sometimes some sausage, corn, maybe limas, and some tomato component. Some great, none bad, and none containing squirrel. btw, where do you stand on the issue of origin?

I've read somewhere in Virginia, but I guess Brunswick, Georgia could lay claim!

Davebassman
Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/28 15:57:38
chewingthefat

porkbeaks

I've eaten a lot of it since moving up here in 2006, all of it at Q joints. Smoky pulled pork and/or chicken, sometimes some sausage, corn, maybe limas, and some tomato component. Some great, none bad, and none containing squirrel. btw, where do you stand on the issue of origin?

I've read somewhere in Virginia, but I guess Brunswick, Georgia could lay claim!

Born & raised in Virginia, but couldn't prove that it originated there. Ate my Mom's Brunswick stew since I was old enough to remember, but she was from North Carolina. I make a pot of it every New Year's Day (cook my black-eyed peas on the side, lol) using my Mom's basic recipe: White & dark meat chicken, white "shoe-peg" corn, lima beans , potatos, onions, tomatos, salt, pepper, a little Worstershire and a dash (or two) of Tabasco. Start it early in the morning and let it simmer all day.
My late Father-in law who was also from Carolina always asked why I didn't put okra in it, but Mom didn't, so I stick to her recipe.
 
CCJPO
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/30 04:56:00
If it doesn't have squirrel in it can it be "real" Brunswick Stew?  Not in my old neighborhood.
 
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/30 07:40:20
chewingthefat

MetroplexJim

Does yours have generous amounts of corn and baby lima beans? 

My mouth waters at the very thought of this Southern Specialty.

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Yep Jim, lots of corn and baby limas, seems like they are standard ingredients, you can put damn near anything else in to make Brunswick Stew, I put in pulled pork, brisket, and a sliced southern spicy sausage, and about 10 spices, vinegar, worstershire, Sylvia's hot sauce, tomatoes, beer, and whatever else that wasn't moving around!

 
Chewy, 

1)  Still waiting for the pictures ("E.Z." instructions above).
2)  How did your customers like it?
JayL
Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/30 10:39:29
CCJPO

If it doesn't have squirrel in it can it be "real" Brunswick Stew?  Not in my old neighborhood.


Of course it can be called real brunswick stew.  Mainly because where ever it is you're from isn't the only place that serves it...and isn't the only place to lay claim to inventing it.
CCJPO
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/30 14:03:02
That is why I put in the disclaimer. "Not in my old neighborhood" 
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/30 14:20:11
We primarily made it with squirrel, because whoever taught my dad how to make it insisted that was the "right" way. But we also occasionally used rabbit. I honestly never knew until this thread that it was made (and apparently quite commonly) with meat other than small game.
porkbeaks
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/30 14:22:53
Has anyone ever made Bigos? Much the same ingredient controversy exists in Poland.
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/30 14:26:39
A nice fresh stew.

MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/30 19:11:18
Seems that Brunswick Stew originated in Virginia and did not include tree rodent as an ingredient.
 
All this chit chat has me hungry. 
I'm going to try this recipe after the Super Bowl.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/30 19:30:35
MetroplexJim

Seems that Brunswick Stew originated in Virginia and did not include tree rodent as an ingredient.


It would appear you misread your source because it says, "...  camp cook, Jimmy Matthews, went hunting for squirrels for stew. As the historical marker in the county reads, 'Matthews simmered them with butter, onions, stale bread and seasoning, thus creating the dish known as Brunswick stew.' Later, chicken (and sometimes rabbit) replaced squirrel, and vegetables were added ... ."
porkbeaks
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/30 21:21:13
While the dispute goes on as to where Brunswick stew originated, it seems pretty definite that , wherever it was, it more than likely contained squirrel.
http://www.justmecookin.c...nswickstewhistory.html
JayL
Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 00:10:15
porkbeaks

While the dispute goes on as to where Brunswick stew originated, it seems pretty definite that , wherever it was, it more than likely contained squirrel.
http://www.justmecookin.c...nswickstewhistory.html

Did they use squirrel in the German version?
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 07:34:31
Michael Hoffman

MetroplexJim

Seems that Brunswick Stew originated in Virginia and did not include tree rodent as an ingredient.


It would appear you misread your source because it says, "...  camp cook, Jimmy Matthews, went hunting for squirrels for stew. As the historical marker in the county reads, 'Matthews simmered them with butter, onions, stale bread and seasoning, thus creating the dish known as Brunswick stew.' Later, chicken (and sometimes rabbit) replaced squirrel, and vegetables were added ... ."


Even though one could not ascertain it from the posts here, 99.99% of all Brunswick Stews do not contain tree rodent/roadkill. 
 
(Just because there are some folk out there who put squirrel in everything from their spaghetti sauce to omelettes does not make it a 'traditional ingredient').
Pancho
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 08:47:25
MetroplexJim

Michael Hoffman

MetroplexJim

Seems that Brunswick Stew originated in Virginia and did not include tree rodent as an ingredient.


It would appear you misread your source because it says, "...  camp cook, Jimmy Matthews, went hunting for squirrels for stew. As the historical marker in the county reads, 'Matthews simmered them with butter, onions, stale bread and seasoning, thus creating the dish known as Brunswick stew.' Later, chicken (and sometimes rabbit) replaced squirrel, and vegetables were added ... ."


Even though one could not ascertain it from the posts here, 99.99% of all Brunswick Stews do not contain tree rodent/roadkill. 

(Just because there are some folk out there who put squirrel in everything from their spaghetti sauce to omelettes does not make it a 'traditional ingredient').
Reminds me of a dinner at my mother-in-law's house....she had prepared two squirrel pot pies for dinner. My sister-in-law said that there was no way she was eating a squirrel. Without missing a beat my MIL said..."that's OK Sally, one of them is chicken only". Sally shoveled in a couple of big servings and still raves to this day how great Mom's "chicken pot pie" was.

porkbeaks
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 08:53:26
I agree that 99% of today's recipes contain no squirrel, but Brunswick stew as well as Burgoo or the Bigos of Poland are all considered a type of hunter's stew and go back to a long time ago, I'll bet the vast majority contained squirrel traditionally.
ChrisOC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 09:25:59

Here is a pot of bigos I made a while back.  Sorry, no squirrel.  Just kielbasa, ham and sausage,
porkbeaks
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 10:03:17
That looks wonderful! Do you use cabbage AND kraut?
ChrisOC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 10:20:57
I use cabbage and a jar of Polish sauerkraut.
WarToad
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 10:38:06
ChrisOC
Here is a pot of bigos I made a while back.  Sorry, no squirrel.  Just kielbasa, ham and sausage,

Sounds like sauerkraut soup we make up here in the northern mid-west.  Onions, garlic,  kraut, bacon, smoked sausage, smoked paprika.  Served with a hearty rye bread.  Family favorite and winter time comfort food.
porkbeaks
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 10:42:01
Gotta love the Bigos! Grandson and wife spent 2 years teaching in Krakow and brought back the love. It's now on the rota for a few times a year. Did you ever try your hand at Zurek?
ChrisOC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 11:11:05
Never heard of it, but I googled it and it sounds good.
felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 12:22:49
*sigh* Is this one of those things about which people are going to draw lines in the sand, and never the twain shall meet? It's starting to shape up like beans vs. no beans or ketchup vs. no ketchup.
 
It's stew, for heaven's sake, not rocket science or brain surgery. There is no "wrong" way to make it, only what you like. Unless someone is making you eat something you hate or are allergic to, what does it matter what meat they use to make it?
porkbeaks
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 13:00:35
felix4067

*sigh* Is this one of those things about which people are going to draw lines in the sand, and never the twain shall meet? It's starting to shape up like beans vs. no beans or ketchup vs. no ketchup.

It's stew, for heaven's sake, not rocket science or brain surgery. There is no "wrong" way to make it, only what you like. Unless someone is making you eat something you hate or are allergic to, what does it matter what meat they use to make it?


I don't think this has come close to the "beans vs. no beans" thing. If squirrel was readily available in the grocery stores, perhaps we'd see more of it in all kinds of recipes. Personally, I don't give a rat's ass if folks use.....well, er, a rat's ass in their Brunswick stew. So, no need for a "sigh"; life goes on and it's all good. btw, those that use ketchup on hot dogs do need serious help. 😉😜😝

felix4067
Filet Mignon
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 13:54:16
porkbeaks

I don't think this has come close to the "beans vs. no beans" thing. If squirrel was readily available in the grocery stores, perhaps we'd see more of it in all kinds of recipes. Personally, I don't give a rat's ass if folks use.....well, er, a rat's ass in their Brunswick stew. So, no need for a "sigh"; life goes on and it's all good. btw, those that use ketchup on hot dogs do need serious help. 😉😜😝

I actually did sigh, right out loud, so that's what I wrote. There are a couple of people who seem to be personally affronted by there being squirrel or not in Brunswick Stew. Me, I was fascinated to learn that it could be made using meat other than small wild game, since I'd never heard of it until this thread. Since I now know it can be (and apparently quite well), I've put it on my list of things to make again because I've not had them in years.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 15:00:40
Drive on down and pick up a few of the squirrels that are driving me nuts, so to speak.
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 16:23:56
EdSails

PS......I ordered you a present. A new camera. The pictures show up instantly!





But you need a computer that has a 5 1/2 inch disk drive
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 16:30:33
HEY CHEWY
 
Your next stew needs to be BURGOO! the staple of Western KY BBQ joints.  Love me some mutton
jcheese
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/01/31 19:20:04
Every church event sells This stuff.Working on my recipe.
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/03/28 12:21:20
"Brunswick Stew" was actually a Jeopardy question (answer) last night. I thought I'd throw that in, since I know nothing else about the stew...
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/03/28 12:43:39
Harriet-
Thanks to Roadfood, I ran the category!
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Brunswick Stew 2014/03/28 12:56:21
Look out, Arthur Chu!!