Easy Brunswick Stew (Make-Ahead Freezer Meal)


Comforting and full of flavor, this easy stew is the perfect meal for busy winter weeknights. This dish was created as a make-ahead freezer meal, but can easily be made from start to finish at one time (see Notes). Think of this the next time you need to take a meal to a friend—it sure beats a boring casserole! Serve with garlic Texas toast or cornbread.

Easy Brunswick Stew (Make-Ahead Freezer Meal)
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 50 mins
8 servings



  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into large pieces

  • 1 pound boneless pork chops, cut into large pieces

  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 (15 ounce) package frozen corn

  • 1 (15 ounce) package frozen lima beans

  • 1 cup hickory-flavored barbecue sauce

  • 1 cup diced onion

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

To Cook:

  • 1 (32 ounce) container chicken stock


  1. Combine chicken, pork, tomatoes, corn, lima beans, barbecue sauce, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large, resealable freezer bag. Seal the bag and mix the contents until well combined. Freeze for up to one month.

  2. When ready to cook, remove bag from the freezer and allow contents to partially thaw until they can be broken apart, about 1 hour.

  3. Empty the bag into a Dutch oven and add chicken stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook, uncovered, until the stew has thickened slightly and the meat shreds easily with a fork, about 1 1/2 hours.

  4. Remove meat and shred with a fork. Return meat to the pot and serve immediately or keep warm until ready to serve.

Cook's Notes:

Want to eat this right away? Follow step 1 but add all ingredients to a Dutch oven along with chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until meat shreds easily with a fork, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove meat and shred with a fork. Return meat to the pot and serve.

You can also partially thaw this in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.

This could easily be made with leftover barbecue chicken and/or pork, which would reduce the cook time by half.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

360 Calories
7g Fat
43g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 360
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 1479mg 64%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Protein 30g
Potassium 774mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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