Kitty’s Famous Brunswick Stew

This is so much more than just a stew.  It’s an all day event!   It’s so much fun to be a part of this experience.  As I watched Kitty I’m fascinated.  It hits me that I’m taking part in a ritual that has been handed down over time from one generation to the next, like the paddle used to stir the stew, the directions for the hot sauce:  “you pour the bottle in and leave this much.”  I’ve captured the recipe and encourage you to try it.  I know, I had Kitty to show me the ropes but as you can see by the pictures in the blog everyone participates and it is so much fun.  Yes, there is an enormous quantity but everyone loves the leftovers!

 Like the French Cassoulet it is prepared in stages.  The beef is cooked until tender and shredded then stored in it’s broth one day.  The next day the same thing but with chicken.  Make sure you allow for this a few days before.  Kitty uses a crock pot set on low overnight, cools it down and shreds the meat the next day but please, do whatever works for you.

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Kitty’s Famous Brunswick Stew


  • 3-4 lbs. Beef, Use Sirloin Tip or the Equivalent
  • 4-5 lbs Bone in Chicken Breast
  • 3 lbs Diced Potatoes
  • 3 lbs Diced Onions
  • One Gallon Baby Butter Beans, with liquid
  • One Gallon Crushed Tomatoes, with liquid
  • One Gallon White Shoe Peg Corn, with liquid
  • 14 oz can size tomato paste
  • 18 oz Heinz chili sauce
  • 4-6 oz pepper sauce. Like Texas Pete
  • 1 lb butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup salt


  1. Up to 3 days before: Cook the meat the day before. Keep the broth.
  2. Add the potatoes and onions to the pot, cover with water and simmer about 20 minutes. Add the shredded beef, chicken along with the remaining ingredients to the pot. Cook on low stirring constantly or it will stick. I usually cook it about 4-6 hours. You want it to get thick, but if you notice it is getting too thick you can add a little water or broth while you are cooking.
  3. Hope y'all like it!
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  • Susan says:

    I’ve never heard of brunswick stew, but it sounds like a fun community dish. I’ll have to try it out when all my family is here for Christmas.

  • Stacey says:

    This sounds delicious! This is definitely party food – since it will feed so many.

  • Cynthia L says:

    I have heard of this stew, but never cooked it. I love that you have to pay attention to it during the entire cooking time. I think you would infuse love every time you stir it.

  • Mitzi says:

    Almost a year later, but am so glad I happened upon your blog! I’m from NC and very familiar with Brunswick Stew but have never made it. My husband’s uncle was a stewmaster but my MIL cannot locate his recipe but this sounds so close. I noticed you used a “turkey fryer”. What capacity is it (5 gal?) If I can’t locate a cast iron stew pot we may have to use one. Can you estimate how many quarts the recipe makes?

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