North Carolina Style Brunswick Stew Recipe
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North Carolina Style Brunswick Stew Recipe

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The origin of Brunswick Stew is highly debated - some say Virginia and some say Georgia, but my husband and I fell in love with Brunswick Stew while living in North Carolina. Now that we live in Tennessee, we wanted to be able to have it without making a several hour trip to North Carolina. Using the crock pot to make this hearty stew makes it so easy and this stew is now my family's favorite. Serve with some cornbread and you have a satisfying and healthy meal for up to eight people. You will definitely say it is some "Southern love in your tummy!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 240 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 240 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 lbs pork loin
  • 2 lbs bone-in chicken breasts
  • 1 pint chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup Carolina Treet BBQ sauce (or other mustard based BBQ sauce)
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 14.5 ounce can of green beans, drained
  • 1 16 ounce bag baby lima beans
  • 1 16 ounce bag frozen vegetable Gumbo mix (okra, corn, onion, red pepper)


  1. Combine first 13 ingredients in 6 quart crock pot. Set on high and allow to cook for a minimum of 2 hours*. Remove chicken breasts and use two forks to shred meat off bone. Discard skin and bones. Return shredded chicken to crock pot and add diced potatoes. Cook for 1 more hour. Add remaining ingredients and cook for 30 minutes more, or until potatoes are fully cooked. Yield: serves 8
Notes: The meat can cook all day in the crock pot so the two hour time limit is simply a minimum. The more important time to consider is the time the potatoes and vegetables cook. You can cook this part for longer, but I recommend not letting the potatoes and vegetables cook too long for otherwise they will get mushy. Also, if Carolina Treet is not sold in your local grocery store, it can be purchased online from or replaced with a sauce which is mustard based (will look more orange than brown or red) and has lots of spices. This is a real crowd pleaser and will make your entire house smell fabulous. Enjoy with some savory skillet cornbread to be truly authentic to North Carolina Brunswick Stew!

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MonicaKennedy User ID: 5705900 150810
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"I am going to make this again this week for my niece, Jordan, who LOVES soups of all kinds. We make this several times a year."

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