Monday, June 9, 2008

Big Apple BBQ: Brunswick Stew

BIG APPLE BBQ: Brunswick Stew

The Home of BBQ doesn't cover local events or restaurants. In this case we are making an exception, as the Big Apple BBQ brought in pitmasters from Texas, Alabama, South Carolina and other areas of the country.

The 6th annual Big Apple BBQ was held over the weekend of June 7th and 8th. Attendance estimates were at roughly 120,000 visitors. Held in the middle of Manhattan, this was a huge event.

I have to admit that I went expecting a spectacle as opposed to true 'Q. With roughly 14 vendors attempting to feed 120,000 people, I anticipated a BBQ factory with mass produced, low-end food. I was pleasantly surprised by the excellent quality of what was being produced.

I'll go into more detail in the next posting, but I wanted to start off with the Brunswick Stew. Similar to Burgoo, Brunswick Stew is a regional delicacy rarely found outside of the south. Proclamation Stew Crew brought their delicious stew into New York City and fed tens of thousands of yankees over the course of two days. This was my first time having the dish and I couldn't be happier that I gave it a shot.

-Notice the huge cauldron being fed with the tremendous hose to make enough stew for all the New Yorkers-

With potatoes, chicken, onions and lima beans all putting in an appearance, the stew was a hit in spite of the heat being in the high 90's.

The members of the Crew Stew that were on hand couldn't be more friendly.Here is the recipe that they were providing to the public:

5.5 lbs deboned chicken
6 oz fatback (ground or chopped)
4 lbs white potatoes
2.5 lbs yellow onions (chopped)
1.5 qts crushed tomatoes
2.5 qts lima beans
1.5 qts white corn
1 stick margarine
1/4 oz black pepper*
1/4 oz red pepper*
1.5 oz salt*
1.5 oz sugar*

*Season to taste

Prepare your onions and potatoes ahead of time to allow for continuous stirring. Continuous stirring is necessary to assure the thick consistency to make a stew as opposed to a soup.

Put the chicken and fatback in the pot, cover with water, bring to a boil and cook until the chicken starts to come apart; add potatoes, onions and 1/4 of seasonings. Bring back to a boil and cook until the potatoes are soft; add tomatoes and 1/4 of seasonings. Bring back to a boil and cook 5 minutes. Add drained lima beans and 1/4 seasonings. Bring back to a boil and cook until lima beans are soft. Add corn, margarine and balance of seasonings. Cook about 10 - 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Thanks to Ashton Saber for the photo.


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