{Best Ever} Brunswick Stew

{Best Ever} Brunswick Stew

Out of every single soup & stew that is out there – not a one of them holds a candle to the way I feel about Brunswick Stew. Not trying to toot my own horn, but I make a mean pot of Brunswick Stew.  It is one of those recipes that I have worked on for years until I got it just right.

{Best Ever} Brunswick Stew


It is the best Brunswick Stew I have ever had, and anyone that has been at my house & had a bowl (or three) of it rapidly agrees.  Yes, it is that good.

{Best Ever} Brunswick Stew


(This makes 12-16 servings – check out how to freeze individual servings for later.  This freezes GREAT!)

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{Best Ever} Brunswick Stew
  • 1 (4 pound) whole chicken
  • 1.5 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 – 16oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 – 8oz can tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock (reserved from boiling the chicken)
  • 1 pound potatoes, peeled & cubed
  • 1 – 16oz can baked beans
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 – 16oz can corn
  • 1 – 16oz can lima beans
  • ½ cup – 1 cup bbq sauce (depending on your tastes…I add 1 cup to mine, sometimes a little more)
  1. Cook chicken in a large stockpot of boiling water for 45 minutes with the lid on.
  2. Remove chicken from liquid to cool. Reserve 1 cup of the chicken stock & freeze the rest. Please don’t throw it away – that’s good stuff! Skin, bone, & chop chicken.
  3. Saute onion & bell pepper in hot oil in your large stockpot until tender. Add chopped chicken, tomato, & next 4 ingredients.
  4. Combine flour & 1 cup of reserved chicken stock, whisking until smooth. Stir into chicken mixture. Add potato & next 5 ingredients.
  5. Cover & cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 40 minutes. Add corn and lima beans. Cook for 10 additional minutes. Add in the bbq sauce, starting with ½ cup. Taste & add more depending on your tastes.

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  • Looks divine!

  • I love Brunswick Stew but have never made it myself! I am adding this to my try list!! Thanks for sharing, stopping by from Tasty Tuesday at BB&B.

  • Wow this looks so yummy and hardy love that. Soups are my favorite because of leftovers!!

  • Looks tasty! I’m a fan of Brunswick Stew, but I’ve never tried it. From the sounds of it, your recipe is a great place to start!

  • This look amazing! I haven’t had Brunswick stew in years-I’m definitely going to try this.

  • I have never had the chance to tasty Brunswick Stew. I just bookmarked your page. I can not wait to try your recipe. It sounds amazing.

  • I’ve never heard of Brunswick Stew!! I’m going to have to try this!

  • Suzy @ Worthing Court

    I’m so glad that you posted this! I’ve been looking for something tasty to do with my leftover turkey.

  • We made a crockpot full of your stew Friday, for our bonfire party, which went over so well there were no leftovers for us! Making a second batch as we speak. We did leave out the bell pepper and swapped the lima beans for cannellini beans, due to taste preferences but, WOW, everyone absolutely loved it. My Mom said it was possibly the best Brunswick Stew she’s ever had! Just wanted to pass along the compliments to the actual chef as I only boiled some chicken, cut up some onions and opened some cans! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us. It will surely be a new go-to stew for us! Well done!

  • Mike

    I absolutely love Brunswick Stew. I always make a point to order it at any BBQ restaurant I go to so I’ve eaten a lot of it over the years. I will say that I made this stew last night and can concur that it is the best I’ve ever had or at least right up there near the top of the list. Excellent recipe.

    • Oh, that makes my heart so happy – thank you for coming back & sharing that! I’m just thrilled that you love it as much as my family & I do! 🙂

  • Marsheila

    As the weather is getting colder in Southern California I was searching for an excellent recipe for beef and chicken stew. After reviewing all comments THIS is the one I decided to try your guarantee that we’re going to love it. I love confidence in Chef’s that gear me more into trying the recipe. I will be going to the grocery store to purchase items that are not in my cabinet but however would like to know what alternative vegetable I can substitute for lima beans? Only certain beans I like and unfortunately Lima Beans isn’t one of them. Please advise or can I just omit period. Again, thanks so much for sharing your recipes and look forward to hearing back from you!. Sincerely,

  • Michael Mccall


  • Toni

    I’ve made this several times for our quilt gatherings. I use Costco chicken and it’s so quick to make. We absolutely love it. Perfect cold weather stew.

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