Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Jan Gautro
Hands-on Time
25 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours 40 Mins
Makes 16 cups

How to Make It

Step 1

Sauté onions and garlic in hot oil in a 5-qt. Dutch oven over medium-high heat 3 to 5 minutes or until tender.

Step 2

Stir together beef soup base and 2 cups water, and add to Dutch oven. Stir in chicken and next 9 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 hours.

Step 3

Uncover and shred chicken into large pieces using 2 forks. Stir in brisket and lemon juice. Cover and cook 10 minutes. Serve with hot sauce, if desired.

Step 4

Note: We tested with Superior Touch Better Than Bouillon Beef Base and Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Crushed Tomatoes.

Ratings & Reviews

bama1184's Review

February 14, 2012
This is outstanding. Have made it twice for large family gatherings, never one bite left, even though I MORE than double or triple the recipe. Easy to adapt to your liking. I actully used Costco brand pulled pork (no sauce on it). It's sold in a 2 lb package. I heated it in the microwave and degreased with paper towels. Added it with the rest, not later. Also used boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins. I add bell pepper with the onion, way more garlic and vegetables, as well as some thin BBQ sauce. The second time I made it a week ahead and froze it in gallon gallon ziplock bags. Thawed overnight and put in crockpot the day I served it. Wonderful recipe! Thanks!

MaryJudson's Review

October 25, 2014

KETabb's Review

October 30, 2013

ILoveJesus2's Review

October 24, 2013

obxgoer's Review

January 25, 2012
Outstanding. This will replace my old Brunswick Stew recipe I had used for over 20 years! I agree with the other reviewers, any type of pulled meat will do the trick.

gderazi1's Review

November 18, 2011
So good! I, like the previous reviewer, did not have precooked brisket. However, I did have about a handful of precooked pulled pork from a recent takeout night. I added the pulled pork at the end instead of the brisket, and it was delicious! Any typle of pulled meat (pot roast, brisket, pork) would be perfect in this, or you can simply omit the extra meat and keep the chicken only. Any way you choose, it's great. Very easy to make, as well.

Maryseabolt71's Review

November 11, 2011

columbiacooks's Review

October 30, 2011
This is a great soup. I did not include the brisket because I didn't have it on hand (had everything else) and it was great. yes, I know that means it probably is not really brunswick stew, but very good regardless. I will make again.

myrecipestest's Review

October 24, 2011