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Courtesy of Howard Hsu, Sweet Auburn Barbecue
1 pound diced onions
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup gochujang (spicy, fermented red chili paste)
4 pounds leftover smoked meats and/or hot dogs
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup rice vinegar
4 cups Sweet Auburn Barbecue sauce (or barbecue
sauce of your choice)
4 (16-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1-1/2 quarts chicken stock
1/2 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
2 cups mixed vegetables (diced, boiled potatoes, fresh
whole-kernel corn, lima beans and diced carrots)
In a large stockpot, sauté onions, then garlic,
until tender. Add brown sugar and cook until sugar
foams. Add gochujang and cook for 2 minutes. In
a separate pan, cut meats into preferred size and
brown in pan with butter. Add meats and remaining
ingredients to stockpot. Cook over low simmering
heat for 1 hour. Taste and adjust seasoning. Note:
Garnish with pickled vegetables and chopped parsley; serve with cornbread. Serves 8-10.
About 20 years ago, officials in
Brunswick decided to let the public decide
who made the best version of the iconic
side dish. The Rockin' Stewbilee has been a
January tradition at which professional and
amateur cooks vie for "best of" honors.
"Anybody who wants [to] can participate," says Ron Adams, a Glynn County
Superior Court clerk who helped launch the
contest. "And there's no official recipe. Your
stew is what you proclaim it to be. Most
people put some chicken or pork in it; some
put beef with tomatoes and corn. Once or
twice we've even had vegetarian versions."
About 3,000 stew fans usually gather at
the city's Mary Ross Waterfront Park for the
event, which also includes a motorcycle ride,
live music, a pet parade and a classic car
show. The stew sampling starts at 11 a.m.,
and after a few hours, awards are given for
presentation, taste, texture and overall quality. Adams has won more than once.
"The first Brunswick stew I ever cooked
came from a recipe in a church cookbook,"
he says. "It's been the basis of my stew, but it
has evolved over time."
Information about upcoming Stewbilee
events can be found at stewbilee.com.
has been on the menu for about 12 years.
"The original had more beef in it, and that's changed," partner Parviz Abedi says. "We added lima beans and potatoes for
more body. But the stew is like barbecue sauce; it has a regional
Brunswick stew even has an international profile now.
Howard Hsu, the owner and founder of Atlanta's Sweet Auburn
Barbecue, has a traditional version of the dish on the menu, but
he enjoys tweaking the ingredients at home.
"I make a version I call Korean Army stew," he says. "It
makes me think of a Korean soldier in the field making a spicy
stew out of cheap cuts of meat. I've thrown in barbecued pork,
smoked chicken-even hot dogs or Spam-with a little kimchi
and extra garlic for a rich, savory and spicy stew. Occasionally,
I'll crack an egg on top and let it poach into the stew, too."
Hsu, who is of Chinese-Malaysian descent, grew up with
a chef father who loved Korean food and added to his son's
understanding of the common bonds food often shares.
"Every culture has a stew of stuff thrown together. Some
flavors are more prevalent than others," Hsu says. "But stew-
H.M. Cauley is a freelance writer from Atlanta.
6/12/20 11:44 AM
'When you look at what makes
Georgia barbecue distinctive, the
prevalence of Brunswick stew is the
most noteworthy thing.'
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