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Searching for Sonker and/or 'Genuine' Brunswick Stew

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On my recent query (Triangle) a response asked what I was looking for – here are a couple of requests! My routing is scheduled to be (roughly) Charlotte – Triangle - Winston-Salem – Charlotte, but references elsewhere may help any other future searchers.

Is there anywhere that I might find ‘genuine’ Brunswick Stew (i.e squirrel, not chicken). Is this even legal currently?

I’ve never tried a Sonker (only found multiple references on how to bake one). I know of the festival in Mt Airy – except nothing in Mt Airy (that I’ve found) offers Sonkers at other times of the year. I’d settle for any version, but the prize would be a sweet potato Sonker.

Can anyone help?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. legal squirrel meat...u kid right? the best way to get good brunswick stew is to find a family reunion in the country. if u dont see a black kettle dont stop.

    the more likely alternative is a bbq restaurant. i think lil richards in winston has it but I've never ordered it

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    1. re: quazi

      Actually I've missed the 'genuine article' a couple of times - both times in the spring, which holds out hope there's a 'legal season' (or maybe an illegal one!).

      1. re: estufarian

        I've had it in the summer with either squirrel or rabbit. The only illegal part is serving wild meat in a restaurant

        1. re: quazi

          Same rules as Canada. Must be 'inspected' meat. But the trick is often to find it slaughtered 'within State (or Province)' - it's when it crosses a border that the Federal rules kick in.
          But I'll take farm-raised squirrel!

    2. It's legal to hunt squirrels, but I have never seen Brunswick stew made with game meat on a restaurant menu. Knightdale Seafood and Barbecue(on the east side of Raleigh) used to have a wild game night once a week; that may be your best bet. But I wouldn't count on it.

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      1. re: Naco

        Thanks anyway - and it seems like nobody has seen Sonker on a restaurant menu either! But still time.

        1. re: estufarian

          Sonker is a dry crumbly fruit cobbler, I can't recall ever seeing it on a menu. If you are hell bent on finding squirrel Brunswick Stew, I would email or call this guy.

          http://bobgarnerbbq.com/contact