The main seasonings that are used when making Brunswick stew are cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. The garlic and onion in this stew also enhances its flavor.
Barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar are also used to give Brunswick stew its unique taste. Chicken stock is added with the seasoning ingredients.
Brunswick stew is tomato-based, and it can be made with various meats. Popular meats for this dish include chicken, pork and beef. Authentic Brunswick stew recipes use rabbit, possum or squirrel and offer a deep, smoky flavor.
In addition to meat, this stew contains lima or butter beans, corn, okra, oven-roasted tomatoes and in some locations, potatoes.
The exact origin of Brunswick stew is not known. It is believed this dish originated in the southern part of America or Germany. The stew is usually cooked over a low heat for a long period of time.
Brunswick stew can be made in a Dutch oven, slow cooker or on the stove top. If a less spicy stew is desired, the cayenne pepper can be omitted or decreased. Brunswick stew is commonly served with hot sauce and soda crackers. Cornbread also makes a good accompaniment for Brunswick stew.