I've always enjoyed brunswick stew and enjoy it this time of year. Around my area, schools, fire depts, churchs,etc use it for fund raising in the fall. Easy to get a quick fix on the weekends. Though some are better than others.
There use to be a great local company that made a pretty good canned brunswick stew. Mrs Fearnow's Brunswick Stew. Was made in Hanover County, Va near me for years. That was pretty good. They got sold and moved years ago.
I've made one Brunswick Stew and was disappointed a couple years ago. Haven't made it since. Your recipe and story makes me want to try it again. Good weekend project.
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