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It was amazing. I forgot to add beans, still amazing, I also skinned chicken drumsticks and added those with the pork and threw in some steak I had in the freezer. I added mushrooms and frozen spinach too. This dish is very versatile. You can add so much as far as ingredient variety. Hearty, tasty and a crowd pleaser. Thank you for the amazing guide. Next time I have a get together I will make sure to make this easy and wonderful dish.
This is almost a Brunswick stew. Needs smoked meats for the flavor!
very favorite on a cold day
Born in Louisville Kentucky! Love this recipe but I have gout so no pork but I substituted shrimp!
Born and raised in Lexington K,Y. This was really good, love the way it turned out. I cooked 2 pounds of bacon and used all that left over grease , instead of vegetable oil and added the bacon and ground beef and ground bison. Would love to know your ideas on cornbread , thank you from my home to yours.
True Burgos contains mutton, lots of veggies and a thick hearty broth. Perfect for cold winter days to warm you up from inside out
Do you brown chicken as well or cook during the simmer?
Hi, there! Yes, brown the chicken along with the other meats. Enjoy!
Thank you for sharing this recipe! I spent most of my day yesterday preparing and cooking this stew, and it was well worth my time! I followed this recipe for the most part, but added a couple of things here and there. For instance, I added a bottle of Guinness and a couple of Bay leaves. Cornbread was the perfect compliment! The family loved this stew. I will definitely make this again.
I agree with Joe, mutton (preferably bbq) , long slow cooking and stirring is required for authentic west my Burgoo.
No mutton, no burgoo. Burgoo has meat that is minced and it’s more of a thick soup. This looks like Chunky soup in a can.
When do you add the tomatoes?
In step 4.
OMG ! This is very very good ! It is so tasty . I just made for dinner tonight. I love cooking so much. And finally I felt found it out comfort meal ! Definitely my repeating recipe !
Thank you so much !!
Happy Derby Day…my Burgoo is simmering away right now! My kitchen smells like heaven! This seems a lot like the Burgoo we had at the Colonels BBQ the easy after Derby, can’t wait to try it! Thanks!
Lived in Kentucky for years, the chow wagons downtown Louisville the weeks before derby always had Burgos, but my favorite was at the colonels barbecue the day after Derby. Big kettle on open fire under a tree… who knows what eventually ended up in there, but it was yummy
Will be making this next weekend for a Patriots party here in Mass. Worked in Louisville 2 years ago and had this dish, will be serving this along with bbq ribs
It seems odd to cook the chicken thighs with the skin on. Doesn’t it make the stew greasy? I am cooking it now and curious to taste it!
Can you make this and then freeze to serve the following weekend? I’m having a Kentucky Derby Party but will be out of town until the day before.
Hi Libba, I haven’t tried freezing it but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.
Sure it would be fine!
How about adding locally raised Wild Boar? It’s so lean and absolutely delicious!
Great idea Suzanne!
Wondering if anyone has made this and frozen part of it for another day, a month or so out? I’ve had great luck freezing my huge batches of bean soup, in freezer bags laid out flat so they defrost fast.
When we make it in the fall we make it in a 30 gallon kettle. So yes we freeze it in freezer bags for winter months. This recipe is allot different then our family recipe. This recipe calls for 6 chicken legs and our recipe calls for 6 whole chickens.
I am in the 2 hour simmer part of this recipe now! Not looking forward to removing the bones and not sure how I’ll do it, but will figure it out. Won’t they be hot? I plan to bring it to a Derby party tomorrow. I’ll finish the cooking tonight – will it be ok in the fridge overnight and then reheated? Or should I put it in a crock pot on low all night?
Yes, it will be okay in the fridge overnight and then reheated. ~Elise