My "back porch" is my kitchen, my favorite room in the house. Come on in, the coffee is fresh, and I just made a pitcher of sweet tea. The cookies will be out in a minute. I have over 40 years of recipes to share with you, along with my opinion on everything. Oh my, you are right, it is cocktail time. What can I get you? Of course I can make you a Mint Julep! Stop by anytime, something is always cooking, and the back door is never locked.

Bon Appetit, Y'all

Monday, April 23, 2012

Kentucky Burgoo For A Crowd

Today is a very special day. Today is Joyce@OctoberFarm's birthday. She is turning the "new forty". Please drop by and wish her a Happy Birthday. Check out her new ring while you are there. Beautiful! She truly is one of the best people I have known in my life, not to mention a fabulous friend and cook. We all know when she cooks she feeds the neighborhood, so I thought this would be an appropriate dish.

This is Mr. J.E. Wuersch's recipe that he used for his annual burgoo dinners over 50 years ago. That information is from the Kentucky Federation of Women's Clubs 1976 Cookbook. You do the math. This is really an old recipe.

To prepare this you will need a large iron kettle, 12 to 15 gallon capacity. It should be placed outside over a wood fire-hickory wood, if possible.

144 servings(that is correct 144 servings)
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5 large soup bones with meat
several marrow bones
3 pounds bacon
2 large chickens
10 pounds potatoes
3 pounds onions
4 pounds, navy or great northern beans, soaked overnight
2 pounds dried lima beans, soaked overnight
1 pound dried split peas, soaked overnight
2 cans peas
3 pounds apples
2 bunches celery
1 pound green beans
1 medium heat cabbage
3 or 4 bunches carrots
1 dozen ears corn or 3 large cans corn
1 bunch turnips
2 gallon tomatoes or 14 no. 2 cans
4 green peppers
4 red peppers
1 or 2 cups okra
parsley salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, a few hot pepper pods

Cook meat and bones for 3 or 4 hours in water. White meat is cooking, cup up the vegetables. Remove meat and bones from water. Cut meat and chicken from bones and put back in kettle. Add vegetables and seasonings. Cook, stirring often to prevent sticking, for 4 or 5 hours. If it thickens too much, add more hot water. The longer it cooks the better the flavor.


  1. And freeze the leftovers, right? Thank you for sharing this fun recipe, Beverly!

  2. blush, blush!!! thanks for the BD wishes! i think i will whip this up today...hehe! you left out the roadkill though!

  3. I'm suppose to not be on here, ha ha, don't tell my husband! But you both mean so much to me, you and Joyce, you have made my blogging world such a wonderful place .I can just see Joyce whipping this up in no time with her stump (as she calls it) tied behind her back, over course with the bling upon her hand, lucky neighbors to live near this woman, she is a wonder as are you my friend.Happy Birthday to a great woman and thankyou to you for htis wonderful recipe!

  4. I love Joyce too. Actually between the two of you I could open a restaurant! Seriously, Your two blogs are my favorite foody blogs. Have a great day.

  5. If anyone can whip up this recipe it would be Joyce! And one handed I might add!! I tease her all the time about checking out real estate on her block!!!! xo

  6. I am a newcomer to both of your blogs. Love both of you!

    SERIOUS drooling over that ring!!!! Love it! I may have to treat myself to something created by Mr. Webster! xo

  7. Damn...that's just enough for the Pres' family, Bev...LOL!!!...:)JP


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