Burgoo is a savory stew made from a varying array of ingredients, often cooked in enormous iron kettles outdoors over an open flame. Cooking can take as long as 30 hours and flavor improves as it ages. The current self-proclaimed center of the burgoo universe is Owensboro, Kentucky. It is believed that the word "burgoo" originated during the 17th century on the high seas. Sailors subsisted on an oatmeal-like porridge made from the Middle-Eastern grain, bulgur (or bulghur) wheat. The term first appears in the 1650 book "Adventures by Sea" by Edward Coxere.