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Brunswick Stew
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Steamed Cabbage
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Fried Corn
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Fried Green Tomatoes
Corn Bread
Crackling Bread
Hoe Cake Corn Bread
Banana Pudding
Bread Pudding
Peach Cobbler
Sweet Potato Cobbler
Peach Cobbler
Rice Pudding

Brunswick stew

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Brunswick stew was my very first side dish with barbecue and from then own I though the two went together. I have been embarrassed more that once asking for brunswick stew where they sold barbecue and had never herd of brunswick stew. We lived in a little town in Georgia called East Point Ga. We lived in one of the little red houses that faced the mill. Swift Oil Meal (no known relation) owned the row of red houses and the tenants worked at the mill. It was a big operation that had two trailer trucks busy seven days a week. These big trucks hauled cotton to the mill, and the mill separated the seeds and make oil and meal from the seeds. A lot of black men work there and most of them could barbecue, they were also from different parts of the country and had some very different methods of barbecue. Every Labor Day Swift Oil Mill had a big barbecue for the people that lived in the little red houses. There were a row of green houses behind the red ones, it was called Greens Alley. Those people could work any place they wanted and they were never invited, you couldn’t save them a “doggie bag”. The disagreements would begin immediately; they usually resolved it by letting different men prepare different dishes. Then I heard two men discussing how to make the brunswick stew and they didn’t agree, they settled on a man that lived two doors from ours house. He made it in what was called a slavery time pot. These were pot that families were able to save after slavery and past them on from family to family. We want be making that much, this recipe is smaller but still have several serving. These were big black pots made of iron with legs high enough to make a fire under the pot. 
           I have read books that said brunswick came from Brunswick county Virginia or Brunswick county North Carolina. Brunswick Ga. also claims ownership of this mystery stew. My grand mom told me that the slaves were allowed to hunt wild game under certain condition. That’s where the meat for the brunswick stew came from. A slaves with a gun stuck fear through out the plantation so they were closely controlled and monitored. Brunswick stew was made entirely of wild game and garden vegetable at that timer. Later it was ordered at political rallies when Politician served barbecue. The slaves had to give it up, now it’s made with chicken and some time pork is added, I don’t use pork unless pork is requested.
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