Brunswick Stew

This is the Rocky River Brunswick Stew Recipe given orally by Walt Burr October 8, 2016. Walt keeps a copy in his bible at home. The Recipe is over 60 years old. The current cooking kettle was acquired by Jay Lee Pharr in the 1990s. It replaced a kettle borrowed annually from the Mable Blume family. Howard Love used to have a metal cup he used to sample and monitor the cook. On the stirring paddle you will see notches to measure the stew reduction. - Reggie Hunnicutt




12 large hens

25 pounds of beef

Broth from chickens

Broth from beef

2 Gallon cans of creamed corn

8 Gallons of tomatoes

6 Gallons of Lima beans

2 pounds of butter

1 ½ handfuls of black pepper

2 handfuls of salt


Yield about 25 Gallons The current cooker could make up to 50 gallons.


The chickens are stewed until tender. Several hours plus. The skin is removed, the meat is removed and chopped. Store until needed.


Combine the broth from all cooking pots and reduce to concentrate the flavor. Cool and store one large container of reduced broth until the cook.


Use stew beef or chuck whichever is less expensive. Boil until tender. Several hours plus. Cool the meat. Chop or cube then grind the meat in a processor or finely chop.


Process the both the same way as the chicken and reserve a large container.


Store the canned goods close to the cooking and staging area.


Assemble dry kindling and split dry cook wood.


Remove the cooker and frame and hand truck each to the selected cooking area. Secure the wooden stirring paddle.


Wash the inside of the cooker with soap and water. Rinse well.


Start a small fire in the center of the frame and gradually establish hot coals.


Begin cooking the stew about noon for a 6 pm supper.


Set the cooker in the frame over the fire level as possible. Elevate the frame with blocks if necessary to get the fire under the cooker. Begin by pouring in all the canned food into the cooker. Pour low to keep from splashing. Stir constantly.


Slowly bring up the temperature stirring constantly. Take shifts stirring. Gradually bring the mixture up to a simmer over the next few hours. Add the beef and chicken broth. You are looking for the tomatoes to break down.


Take time to remove any food build up on the side of the cooker. Scrape any buildup with the paddle and back into the pot like you would for cake batter.


About 3 1/2 hours into the cook add the beef and chicken. The goal now is to beat down the meat fibers.


After about 4 ½ hours add the butter, salt and pepper. Continue to simmer and reduce. Toward the end spread out the coals to reduce heat and let the fire die down.


After 5 hours ladle out to transport to the kitchen.


Extinguish the fire, clean, dry, and oil the kettle and store inside for next year.


Firewood consumption is minimal with dry seasoned hardwood. Several large armloads is sufficient.


Fun Weekend So Far





My QB in GQ


Our Churrins

Georgie and Beans

Keeping cool in the hot summer. Nothing like leather.


I Did It

The week is done.

Tricep Tuesday

Machine bench(use the grip that makes your thumbs up) x12

Tri-cep pull x 12

dips Start with 15 then add 10 each each set after

Dumbbell incline press x10

Over head tri-cep press x 12

dumb bell kick backs x10

Narrow hand position push ups 10-15

Dumbbell shoulder press x 20

Dips until failure

Leg extension Wednesday

To be done together

one does one exercise there other does the other

Stability ball squats x12

Leg extension (lightweight) x20

do this 4 times

lunge x16 (walking)

calf raises till other is done with lunges

both do 20 ab exercises your choice

leg extensions(heavier weight) x10

squat and press x 5 each side

side step squats x 10 each

treadmill steps x 6 each

Thursday thursday

lat pull wide x 10 narrow over hand grip x 10 narrow under hand grip x10

Bent over row x8

side lat raises x20

open hand bicep curlsx 10

upright row x20

hammer curl x10

trx pull x 20


Being Accountable

I've been with my trainer Bill Metts for 17 months, and it has produced remarkable results for an old man. If I miss even one week, it sets me back.

Even the trainer has to take time off so I've been working out on my own. Pretty brutal to myself.

I text pictures to him to prove I'm doing it and for self accountability.

Tomorrow is the last day of the week fitness wise. Guns day.


Baby Back Ribs

Happy Independence Day. For the occasion I've decided to cook baby back ribs. Usually I'm a spare rib or St Louis style guy, but these baby backs were 1/3 off. I never like to pay more than $10 a rack.

Baby backs will cook faster than the bigger racks and they don't require as much babying such as foil wrapping to make them tender.

The ribs:

A clean work surface:

Removal of the silver skin. Use a dull knife to lift the skin and a paper towel to peel the skin:


A light rub of kosher salt:

Then a light rub of any pork rub:


Now off to the refrigerator for a few hours to absorb some of the salt.

I'm cooking this on the regular Weber. The fire will be to the right, wood smoke on top, with water pan to the left below the ribs. Lower dampers wide open with the electric probe checking the temperature. 275 is the goal.

Study and memorize this chart while the ribs cook. There will be a test.

Trying to balance the temperature to the mid 200s. It's easier in a smoker but I didn't want to dirty up the smoker for one rack of ribs.

They are pulled to rest after 3 hours and 40 minutes.

Turned out that I over cooked them should have stopped at 30 minutes earlier. Can't undo that.

However they were damn good. Max helped me cook them and watched baseball with me.


On Turning 60

What I have learned as I turn 60

I finally like beets

I love cooked spinach

Carrots and English peas are da bomb

I rather be home most of the time with my wife

Sleep is wonderful

Sometimes it's great to be alone, but not for long

Fried food comes with a cost

I appreciate my partner like no other time. We love and care for each other.

Dogs are your best friend, the more the better

I slow down and enjoy the moment more, it's difficult

I think I have my arms around dying, yeah.

I love much more, everyone.

I eat much smaller portions but gain weight

I drink smaller portions but the effect is greater

I appreciate my senses especially smell. Nothing dings the brains memory more than smells.

Christmas no longer thrills me. Nor does snow.

Old friends are great

It feels good to feel good and being sick is horrible

Call someone to check on them, it will make you both feel great and nourish your soul

A nap is a gift from heaven

Puppies are special

The ocean smells like life, oysters taste like the ocean

Don't let a mosquito bite your ankle, it will itch for months

Be kind to all animals and as kind as you can be to people

Try and catch a few sunsets, and sunrises

Go to where you can still see the Milky Way.

Floss your teeth, it's a big deal

Always use onions, garlic, salt, and pepper

Splurge on bacon

Help a stranger

Crinkle cut fries are like no other fries

Young love is special, very special

Pizza universally is good

Enjoy mushrooms and stinky cheese

Don't cheat or cheat on anyone

Visit all the big cities in the US

Don't cheap out on ingredients

Thank someone for what they did

When in doubt, order the mushroom swiss burger

There is a deminishing return on pancakes. So good at first and tied of them in ten minutes.

About snow, I do love hearing it fall and the crystals breaking

Given a very dark room, a fan, and quiet, I think I could sleep indefinitely.

Buttermilk is like liquid cheese, so good

Winter is wonderful in the Caribbean, try it


Why do people take pictures of themselves in shorts with headphones and mikes? Can't they hear each other otherwise?




What I've Been Doing





That's about all.


iPhone and iPad

With my iPhone or iPad, I can reproduce the following functions on one device:

Mail, fax, telephone, radio, compass, world map, dictionary, encyclopedia, camera, camcorder, flashlight, Walkman, tv, newspaper, book, calculator, wallet, photo album, store catalog, word processor/typewriter, GPS, personal assistant, music library, general shopping, personal document archive, custom news ticker, social hub, library, film archive, calendar, clock, timer, alarm clock, banking portal, tape recorder, note pad, to do list, video phone, remote control, gaming device, internet browser, and a projector via AirPlay.

Nothing new, all services were available previously. Just not on one device. I am still amazed after ten years.


Dateline Charlotte, NC. - Handy HB2 transition tips. To the new "guys" visiting the men's room. Urine cakes are an acquired taste. You'll get used to them over time. At first, go easy on the lemon ones. Condom machines were originally meant for people with a penis. Imagine how old school that is. The party favor dispenser costs 50 cents each. And the strange low rider facility found in every mens room? That my friend is from the last time the federal government got involved in the men's toilet. If one is wheelchair bound and happens to have a penis, this device is somehow meant to convey urine from the chair to this low side bowl and out to be processed. No one has ever seen anyone use this urinal as intended. No instructions were ever given. It just appeared one day. Feel free to use it as you please.

Best Stink Eye

My dog Georgie has the best stink eye.



My Daily Ride

It's been one hell of a truck. My daily driver is a 2000 Ford F-350 with 347,500 miles.

I'm thinking about installing a new stereo system with Apple Car and back up camera.

It's still going strong.


This Week