By this time in the season, the snow is on its way, if it hasn't arrived already. Standing outside with a few thousand of your closest friend is a lot more fun if you have something warm to eat while you're doing it.
Brunswick Stew is a great dish that you just can't seem to get enough of. The original origins of the dish are a matter of some dispute. The southeastern United States claims the dish as their own, yet there are Europeans who claim they exported it to the US, and the Canadians have put their own distinctive spin on the dish as well.
Regardless of where it came from, it's become quite the popular cold-weather dish across the northern US, and it's quickly becoming a favorite in the tailgate lots.
We'll start with the sauce. You're going to need: 1/4 cup of butter, 1 3/4 cup of ketchup, 1/4 cup of mustard, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1/2 tablespoon of chopped garlic, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper, 1/2 ounce of liquid smoke, 1 ounce of Worcestershire sauce, 1 ounce of hot sauce, 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice, and 1/2 cup of brown sugar.
On low heat in a sauce pan, melt the butter and add in the ketchup, mustard, and vinegar. When that concoction is smoothly blended, add in the chopped garlic, black pepper, red pepper, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and lemon juice. After that is blended until smooth, then add the brown sugar. Stir the mix constantly while increasing the heat to a simmer. It's important to not boil the mix, but keep it simmering for about 10 minutes.
Set the sauce aside.
Now, we'll make the stew. You'll need a large pot to mix to following: 3 cups of diced potatoes, 1 cup of diced onion, 30 ounces of chicken broth, 1 pound of baked chicken meat (both light and dark meat), 10 ounces of smoked pork, 1/4 pound of butter.
Mix these ingredients on low heat, until the butter is completely melted. Then bring to a rolling boil, and stir constantly until the potatoes are done. Then you'll add a few more things. 8-1/2 ounces of early peas, 30 ounces of canned stewed tomatoes, 16 ounces of lima beans, another 1/4 cup of liquid smoke, and 15 ounces of creamed corn.
Once all of those ingredients are mixed, add in the sauce you prepared earlier. Let the whole thing simmer slowly for about two hours.
This should keep you warn throughout the rest of the afternoon.