Burgoo for the Slow Cooker

Pat Duran


Burgoo has been a Kentucky crowd pleaser for more than 150 years.
It's midway between a hearty soup and a stew,many people say it started in Owensboro,Kentucky around 1897 in the work camps, using whatever wild game they could find,some people call this version roadkill.
No two people make this the same way.Some like it hot some like it so thick a spoon will stand up in the bowl like a stew.There are as many different ways to prepare this,as there are people to eat it.
The country club crowd and derby fancy sets call this BUR-goo, while almost everyone else acents the last syllable bur-GOO

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8 servings
1 Hr
5 Hr 30 Min
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


1 1/2 lb
extra lean pork tenderloin
8 oz
chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
3 medium
yellow onions, chopped
2 medium
carrots, diced
stalks celery, diced
2 clove
garlic, chopped
14 oz
can crushed tomatoes
1 large
green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 c
chopped cabbage
1 c
okra, diced
1/4 c
fresh parsley,chopped
1/2 tsp
black pepper
1/4 tsp
red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp
thyme, dried
bay leaf
2 c
chicken broth
3/4 c
1 lb
potatoes, large dice
1 c
frozen lima beans
1 c
frozen corn
1 Tbsp
Serve with
salt and pepper, tabasco, steak sauce and worcestershire sauce to taste.
many recipes also add beef, mutton and sweet potato.


1Dice the pork and chicken into 3/4 inch cubes. Add the meats, onions,cabbage, carrots,okra, celery, garlic,tomatoes, spices and broth and bourbon to a slow cooker. Stir to combine, layer the potatoes on top , then cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours.
2After the 5-6 hours have passed, add the lima beans and corn, stir and cook for another 30 minutes to an hour.
3Combine the cornstarch and water, then add to the stew, stir and cook 10 minutes more with the lid off. Serve with the condiments.
Note: you can adjust the thickness of this recipe by adding more or less chicken broth or water.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken, Pork, Wild Game
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom