15 May

The first recipe I ever found for the wonderful stew called Kentucky Burgoo required 300 pounds of stewing beef, 30 bushels of potatoes and on and on… 

Finally a friend of mine gave me some that he had made in 5 gallon batches.  I won’t give you that recipe at this time, since it’s not an “expert” one – if there is such a thing – but my understanding is that it was made in huge cast iron kettles over an open fire outdoors for barn raisings and other large gatherings, and that the recipe goes back to the early days of Kentucky. 

one version of many

Burgoo dates to before the Civil War.  Like a mulligan stew, it typically contains at least three different meats, and plenty of vegetables such as corn, okra, and lima beans.  It’s often made for big gatherings like the Kentucky Derby.  In fact, there was a horse named Burgoo, who won both the Derby and the Preakness.  Here he is, in 1929.

Burgoo King 1929


The Burgoo can contain every type of meat available… from lamb, mutton, to beef, squirrel, rabbit, poultry etc.  What I tasted was heavenly.  So do yourself a favor and go online to research Kentucky Burgoo,and find a recipe that will feed less than a hundred people.  You’ll be glad you did.

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