If you are from Virginia or Georgia, the origins of Brunswick Stew could start a turf war. Virginians claim it was named for its’ own Brunswick County. Those in the state of Georgia insist it originated in the city of Brunswick, Georgia. With a big thank you to both locations, it doesn’t matter where it came from—it’s just warm hearty goodness in a bowl.
This Southern stew was originally made with squirrel or other small game and vegetables. Now you see recipes with a barbecue twist and a tomato base. It might have pulled pork, bacon or chicken. Mix it up with whatever ingredients you have on hand—it’s even a great way to use leftovers.
A slow cooker is ideal for melding all those flavors together and simmering into a delicious stew. Our recipe starts with bacon because it adds a smokiness to the mixture. If the slow cooker has a stovetop-safe cooking pot, take it right to the stove. Ceramic crocks will require you to cook the bacon in another pan, but then add all the ingredients together into the crock and let the slow cooker do the rest of the work. We used boneless chicken thighs. No chopping required, simply break the meat apart when serving. Use the vegetables we suggest or add your own favorites. This is a recipe you can easily adapt to whatever you have on hand.
Serve with cornbread or rolls and it’s a perfect winter meal no matter what side of the feud you are on.
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