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Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew

Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew with lots of chicken and pulled pork is a real crowd pleaser. Brunswick Stew is a classic southern food and it lends itself well to being slow cooked in a crock pot. All of the different flavors really blend well when they are slow cooked.

Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew


Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew makes a satisfying and filling weeknight meal and leftovers can easily be frozen. This recipe makes a large amount.

There are many versions of Brunswick Stew. Historically it was made with squirrel, rabbit, or possum. I prefer to use a combination of chicken and pork. The broth is tomato-based with lots of bbq sauce for flavor.

Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew with chicken and pork


There are lots of veggies in Brunswick Stew. I like to use lima beans, corn, and okra plus some diced potato. Green beans are also frequently used.

I like my Brunswick Stew spicy so I serve it with lots of hot sauce. For a full southern meal, serve with some Hot Water Cornbread.

When you need an easy, filling meal to feed a lot of people, you can’t go wrong with Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew. If you want to make Brunswick Stew without a slow cooker, try this Easy Brunswick Stew.

Note: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight conatiner for 4 to 5 days or frozen.


Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew

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Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew

Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew

Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew with lots of chicken and pulled pork is a real crowd pleaser. Brunswick Stew is a classic southern food and it lends itself well to being slow cooked in a crock pot.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 5 hours
TOTAL: 5 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 medium red potato, diced
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 pound pulled pork
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen lima beans
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen sliced okra
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce, I use Sweet Baby Rays
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained


  • Place the potato in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 3 to 4 minutes or until partially cooker.
    Note: This step is necessary because potatoes take a much longer time to cook in the slow cooker than the other ingredients.
  • Combine all ingredients in a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Stir to mix.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 5 hours.
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: chicken, pork

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17 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew”

  1. If you happen to get some venison, rabbit, squirrel or a critter or two add instead of pork and chicken. The true Deep South version. All the other ingredients are perfect.

  2. Sheila Allen

    Love this recipe…. live in tennessee and difficult to find good Brunswick stew here
    ….I also add about 1- 2 tablespoons of mustard to give a more mustard base…..a crowd pleaser for sure(at least if you’re from the south)

  3. This was the exact taste I was looking for ….like Woodys BBQ recipe. I made a huge amount..slow cooked in my instant pot for 2 hours then finished with 20 mins on stew pressure setting. It was just fabulous..

  4. Lisa Hetrick

    This was very good, I actually used pulled pork and chicken from Sonny’s I think next time I will put in more BBQ Sauce and Worchester Sauce and also more salt and red pepper flakes. I also let it go for 8 hours very tasty!

  5. Gator Jackson

    I always use the same base recipe, then just play with the bbq sauce and smoked meat woods for variations.

  6. Judith Cotter

    Omg never had this before ((I live in Ireland) but now it will b a staple….we all loved it 👍

  7. Really tasty. Just a hint of spicy heat. I smoked my chicken and pork for an hour before starting,

  8. This looks very similar to my aunt’s recipe. She made it every year for my grandfather ‘s birthday dinner which was a family reunion as well. Very warm memories, & the first thing I think of when remembering those get-togethers is Aunt Marguerite’s Brunswick Stew. I’m looking forward to trying yours. 😉

  9. Lloyd Douglass

    What a delicious meal. Only change was I placed the pork tenderloin and chicken uncooked 1.5 lbs each in the bottom of the crockpot followed by everything else including a tap of dried parsley. I cooked for 8 hrs in low. Took the meat out and stripped and put back in the pot. Turned it off, stirred and waited 10 minutes. What a wonderful flavor. Definitely a keeper. Thank you.

  10. Mike from Chili Pepper Madness

    Shredded chicken and pulled pork in one pot, with all those flavors! Absolutely delicious. I might need to make 2 pots so I can keep one for myself.

    1. Judith Cotter

      Omg….. absolutely delicious. I live in Ireland and had never had this dish before….now I’ll be having it a lot!!!!

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