Burgoo is a hearty stew unique to Kentucky, and often served as part of a Kentucky Derby menu and at other big gatherings, including political and sports events and fundraisers. The Burgoo tradition dates back more than 100 years. Naturally, with such a long-standing history, the recipe varies, and most are closely-guarded family secrets. If you find yourself about to dig into a steaming dish of burgoo, you’ll probably enjoy ingredients including, beef, pork, chicken, mutton, rabbit in any combination or even a dish with all those meats! Anything goes! In fact, in the old, old days, whatever meat they could hunt that day went into the stew—from squirrel to venison to game birds. Other staples you’ll find in your burgoo are a variety of veggies with tomatoes, corn, potatoes, onions, lima beans and more.
While the ingredients might be open to the chef’s imagination, most people agree on one thing: it should be stick-to-your-ribs thick!
Invite about 16 of your best friends over and try this recipe.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 3 hours, 10 minutes
Serves: 12-16 hungry stew lovers! So throw a party!
*Note: You will cut the meats into smaller pieces later in the recipe. However, it’s best to cook them in large chunks at first so they remain juicy and tender throughout the cooking process.
Original recipe can be found at Simply Recipes.