Originally Posted by Addie
CG what's the purpose of that one teaspoon of sugar? I think what has always turned me off from this stew is the okra. I know I can omit it if I so choose to do. But it has now become a mental block for me.
The purpose of the sugar, like in any other savory recipe, is to balance the flavors. That's why it says to taste. If you don't think it needs it, leave it out.
The original Brunswick stew did not include okra, so it's certainly not necessary to the recipe. Originally, there were very few vegetables in Brunswick stew. They were added over the years since then.