Savory Brunswick Stew
- 1 stick of unsalted butter
- 2 large onions, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 large cans of diced tomatoes (28 ounces each)
- 1 bag of frozen whole kernel corn (16 ounces)
- 1 bag of frozen baby lima beans (16 ounces)
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup sweet BBQ sauce (for that delightful smoky sweetness)
- 8 cups chicken broth (approximately 2 quarts)
- 2 to 3 pounds of diced meat (Choose between Boston Butt or pork loin, or a combination)
- 1 pound of shredded chicken breast (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a generously sized pot, let the butter melt over medium heat. Add the finely chopped onions and sauté until they turn translucent, then incorporate the minced garlic.
- Pour in the diced tomatoes from the large cans, along with the liquid they contain. Add the frozen corn, baby lima beans, Worcestershire sauce, sweet BBQ sauce, and 6 cups of chicken broth. Stir thoroughly to blend the ingredients.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer, covering the pot for a few hours. Stir occasionally and introduce more chicken broth if the stew thickens excessively. Let the flavors harmonize as it simmers.
- While the stew simmers, prepare your chosen meat. You can either utilize 2 to 3 pounds of diced Boston Butt, pork loin, or a combination. You may also include 1 pound of shredded chicken breast if you wish. Season the meat with a pinch of salt and pepper to suit your taste.
- In a separate pan, sear the diced meat over medium-high heat until it's fully cooked and has a nice sear. This should take approximately 5-7 minutes.
- Once the meat is ready, gently fold it into the simmering stew.
- Continue to let the stew simmer for at least another hour, allowing all the flavors to meld together. Sample and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
- Serve your savory Brunswick Stew hot, accompanied by your choice of sides, such as Mexican cornbread, regular cornbread, crackers, Fritos, or any preferred accompaniment.
- Feel free to personalize this Brunswick Stew to your liking. You can modify the quantity of tomatoes, corn, or lima beans to match your preferences.
- If you appreciate shredded chicken breast in your stew, include it as indicated in step 4.
- Tailor the recipe by experimenting with various types of BBQ sauce to discover your preferred flavor profile.
- Any leftover stew can be refrigerated and then reheated for a delightful meal the next day. The flavors often deepen over time, enhancing the overall taste.