Brunswick Stew

5 from 40 reviews

This bold and flavorful Brunswick Stew is bursting with flavor from pulled pork, roasted chicken, corn, tomatoes and lima beans all in a tangy sweet broth seasoned with barbecue sauce and a perfect blend of spices. With already cooked meats this recipe comes together quickly and easily.


  • 1 ½ tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 ¼ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 can (14.5 ounce) fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups frozen corn
  • 1 ½ cups frozen lima beans
  • ¾ cup barbecue sauce plus more for drizzling
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons hot sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 ½ cups pulled smoked pork
  • 1 ½ cups cooked diced chicken (smoked or roasted)


  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a dutch oven or heavy stock pot.  Add the onion and cook until tender; 5-6 minutes. Reduce heat and add the minced garlic cooking for 1 minute while stirring constantly.
  2. In a small bowl stir the tomato paste with 1/4 cup of chicken broth then add it to the pot.  Add the remaining chicken broth, diced tomatoes, frozen corn, lima beans, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, ground black pepper, and crushed red pepper.  Simmer for about 15 minutes.
  3. Add the smoked pork and chicken and let it simmer for about 5 more minutes.  If desired season the stew with salt and more pepper to taste.  Spoon into bowls and drizzle with just a little bit more barbecue sauce.


  • This is my go to recipe for leftover smoked pork and roasted chicken.  You can use all of one or the other but I think it tastes better with both,  You can also use different percentages of each.
  • The stew is a hearty meal in itself.  However if I am expecting company or have extended family over for dinner I like to serve it with Cornbread and Southern Fried Apples.
  • I use a Kansas City style barbecue sauce which is a little thinner, light on sugar with a little bit of kick. This is just the way I like it.  I think it is a good match for the stew.
  • After spooning the stew into bowls drizzle with just a little bit of extra barbecue sauce.  It makes a great presentation and a little bit of added flavor.

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