Introduction: Open Sourcing Mammaw's Burgoo
Most Burgoo recipes are closely guarded secrets, in the spirit of open source I am sharing Mammaw's Burgoo recipe.
- Tire (optional)
- Electric roaster
- Smoker or pit
- Hickory wood
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons cayenne
- 2 tablespoons onion powder
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1/4 cup coarse salt
- 1/4 cup black pepper
- 3/4 cup paprika
- 1/4 cup cider or white vinegar
- 12-ounce cans beer
- Worcestershire sauce to taste
- tabasco to taste
- cayenne to taste
- salt to taste
- 1 cup diced celery
- 2 cups lima beans
- 2 cups diced okra
- 2 pods red pepper
- 2 cups whole corn, fresh or canned
- 1 quart tomato puree
- 2 cups chopped cabbage
- 2 green peppers
- 1 bunch carrots
- 1.5 pounds onions
- 1.5 pounds potatoes
- 8 quarts water
- 4 pound hen
- 2 Pounds breast of lamb
- 2 Pounds beef shank
- 2 Pounds veal shank
- 2 Pounds pork shank
Step 1: Mix Dry Rub
Mix the first 7 dry ingredients to make a dry rub.
Step 2: Prep the Hen
Combine 12 onces beer with the vegetable oil, 1/4 cup vinegar and 2 teaspoons of the dry rub. Using a kitchen syringe inject about half the liquid deep into the hen in several places. Massage the liquid into the hen, cover with dry rub.
Step 3: Prep and Install the Throne
With a can opener remove the top of a half empty beer can. Fill with 1/4 of an onion, 1 glove garlic and a tablespoon of dry rub. Insert the can into the cavity of the hen.
Step 4: Prep the Remaining Meat
Apply the dry rub to the remaining meat. Cuts of meat can be substituted if unavailable, it is important to use a cut with bone-in to help thicken the Burgoo.
Step 5: Smoke the Meat
Smoke the meat for 4 hours. I use a charcoal smoker with a water bowl but load it with hot coals from a wood fire instead of charcoal. It is easier for me to maintain the temperature adding preheated coals over waiting for new charcoal to ignite. I fill the water bowl with beer, vegetable oil , vinegar and water. I use hickory chunks added to the coals to generate smoke.
Step 6: Simmer the Meat Overnight
As the meat is finishing up on the smoker, warm up 8 quarts of water in a large electric roaster to 250 degrees. When the meat is finished smoking, load it into the warm water, bring to a boil and simmer overnight.
Step 7: Prep the Cooked Meat
The next morning, lift the meat from the stock. Cool and chop the meat, removing the bones. At this point the meat should be tender enough to do this by hand.
Step 8: Prep and Add the Veggies
Pare and dice potatoes and onions. Return meat to stock and ad potatoes and onions. Dice and add remaining ingredients except the seasonings.
Step 9: Cook for 10 Hours
Simmer the Burgoo, add seasonings to taste, a bit at a time, continuing until the Burgoo is almost done. Stir frequently with a long-handled spoon or paddle during the first part of the cooking and almost constantly after it gets thick. Cook approximately 10 hours.
Step 10: Enjoy
Enjoy the results, pairs well with bourbon.