Brunswick stew is a perfect way to use leftover smoked meats. We love using a mix of chicken, pulled pork and brisket but any of them are great on their own as well!
This BBQy soup is full of delicious meats and corn. It is slow simmered for big flavor but is super simple to make.
Take your leftover smoked meat and turn it into a whole new dinner!
I LOVE BBQ and smoked meats. My husband is excellent on the grill and my brother (who lives across the street) is really enjoying his new smoker.
So, I am spoiled.
But even a BBQ lover like me can get a little tired of eating a whole pork butt or brisket by the time you get to the end of it. This soup solves that problem!
You can certainly start from scratch on this. That would be lovely too, but I love this as a leftover soup. It is a perfect freezer soup!
Grilling some chicken? Throw on a few extra pieces. Chop the leftover chicken and throw it in the freezer.
If you smoke a whole pork butt, freeze some of the leftover pulled pork.
Have a whole brisket? You get the idea!
Then, when you really want some BBQ, but don’t have the time to rub and rest and light the fire, all you have to do is make a pot of soup!
I was a server at Smokey Bones for a while back in the day. This stew is reminiscent of the Brunswick stew they had on the menu. I certainly never made theirs, so I am under no illusion that it is the same.
But if that is what you are craving, this should certainly meet the need. It is thick, chunky and full of smoked meat and flavor!
More great soup recipes:
- Copycat Kelly’s Cheese Soup
- Pulled Pork Enchilada Verde Soup
- Creamy Chicken Pot Pie Soup
- Pulled Pork Taco Soup
Tips and tricks:
- Some people like to add lima beans to brunswick stew.
- We really like this as written, but sometimes add butter beans, navy beans or garbanzo beans for bulk.
- If you are running low on leftover meat, adding some beans or potatoes helps make a hearty soup without all the meat.
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large onion diced
- 1 green pepper diced
- 16 oz pkg frozen corn
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 3 pounds smoked meat chicken, pork, brisket etc.
- 8 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
- In a large soup pot (mine was a 6 quart) saute onion and pepper in olive oil until soft.
- Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
- Drop to a simmer and continue to cook for a couple of hours.
- Check your seasoning and adjust if necessary.