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Classic Virginia Brunswick Stew

A bowl of stew with crackers on the side.


Classic Virginia Brunswick Stew

A bowl of soup with crackers on the side.

Growing up in southwest Virginia, Brunswick stew was a classic southern staple in grandmas house. This dish that’s full of corn, potatoes, beans will make for a hearty, deliciously satisfying meal. Serve warm in a bowl with a nice chuck of cornbread. The whole family will love it!

  • Author: G.Brock
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 2 hr 40 min
  • Total Time: 3 hrs
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stewing
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1.5 pounds boneless chicken or pulled pork 
  • 1.5 ounces fatback, cut into 4 long slabs 
  • 4 cups cups of low sodium chicken stock (water is traditionally used) 
  • 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and chopped 
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped 
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1/21 teaspoons cayenne pepper 
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste 
  • 3/41 tablespoons sugar 
  • 14 ounces canned, crushed, no-salt-added tomatoes plus their juices 
  • 14 ounces canned, drained butter beans (use fresh if in season) 
  • 14 ounces canned, drained white shoe peg corn, drained (use fresh if in season) 
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 
  • Smoked paprika to taste


  1. Place the chicken or pork and fatback in a large stockpot or Dutch oven. Cover with the chicken stock and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, uncovered, for about 1 hour. Discard the fatback, and help the chicken shred (it will happen easily) in the pot with two forks.
  2. Next, add in the potatoes, onions, black pepper, cayenne pepper, salt and sugar. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Then, reduce the heat to medium and cook, uncovered, until the potatoes are soft – roughly 30 minutes or so. 
  3. After, stir in the tomatoes, their juices and the butter beans. Cook for another 15-20 minutes and then stir in the corn and butter pieces. Let the stew cook on low, uncovered, for an hour longer so it becomes nice and thick. 
  4. Serve the stew hot and if you can’t eat it all, store it in the freezer (after it cools) for another day!


You may need to add additional chicken stock or water to cover the meat in steps one and two if required.

If you like your stew to have a little more heat. Add some Brocmarbbq Moo Cow Mojo to give it a little kick and turn up the flavor.

Keywords: Soup | Stew | Chicken | Pork | Potatoes | Vegetable | Bean | One-Pot Wonders |