In NC, the fall air is often filled with the aroma of pork being barbecued over hot coals. This is one of the most popular fund raisers in the state. Cold Slaw is usually served with the barbecue along with hush puppies and baked beans. One of the largest such events in the state is in Charlotte, NC. In addition to the aforementioned menu items, this group serves Brunswick Stew with the meal. It is not unusual for this event to be attended by 7-10 thousand hungry patrons. There are hundreds of recipes for this delicious stew, with each cook insisting that hers is the original and best of all. The following recipe is the one that is used for the Mallard Creek barbecue, and this cook thinks that IT is the BEST! The taste is well worth the time for preparation. The stew is not "beautiful" but one forgets that quickly when it is tasted!