Burgoo is a savory stew made from a wide variety of ingredients and is akin to Mulligan stew. It is 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. There are as many different ways to prepare burgoo as there are people who prepare it. The meats could include any or all of the following meats: mutton or lamb, beef, pork, chicken, veal or opossum. Generally, there is also some combination of these vegetables: potatoes, corn, Lima beans, tomatoes, or okra. Spices vary widely, as well. Many people keep their recipes a closely guarded family secret. It is believed that the word "burgoo" originated in the 17th century on the high seas. Sailors used to subsist on an oatmeal-like porridge made from the Middle-Eastern grain, bulgur wheat. From the Southern chapter of the United States Regional Cookbook, Culinary Arts Institute of Chicago, 1947. Cooking time is approximate.