Traditional Brunswick Stew

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

Folks moving to this part of the country (Georgia) often fall in love with Brunswick Stew, usually a side dish at barbecue restaurants. This version is delicious but simple to make. People feud over whether the stew should have potatoes and lima beans in it, but this is a purist stew (except for the sneaky addition of potato flakes).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook onion and garlic in oil until the onion is transparent. Add the meat and brown.
  2. Drain and add all other ingredients except potato flakes. Cook for 30 minutes over low heat, stirring often.
  3. Add potato flakes (more or less than the amount listed)to thicken to desired consistency. Add salt, pepper and tabasco to taste.
Most Helpful

I love this recipe! I used it for the first Brunswick Stew that I had ever made and have been using it ever since. I have changed it a little but my family says it's the BEST they have ever eaten!!!

5 5

You couldn't be more right. We lived just south of ATL for a few years and I missed my brunswick stew. I crockpotted this and added lima beans and 2 chopped potatoes - just like the little place in Hampton on the way to the Atlanta Motor Speedway. We had some pulled pork left over from super bowl. I didn't add the potatoe flakes or salt, pepper or tabasco. I guess my bbq sauce was spicy enough. I did another can of water to make stewy! YUMMY

4 5

This was good but it seemed to lack something to me. I will make it again and try to add something different, as of now I don't know what. Thanks for posting. Made for PAC FAll 2006