Some people believe that the word burgoo is related to a mispronunciation of the word barbecue, and the dish is, of course, frequently cooked out of doors for one or another festival or political rally. But
This is the recipe of a friend of mine who told me that in making a burgoo, which is first cousin to a Louisiana gumbo, “It is customary to begin with chicken, then add to the kettle something that happens to run by—a squirrel, possum, or rabbit.” He added that nothing ran by when he made this version, so he added ham for depth of flavor.
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