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“Booyah (also spelled booya, bouja, boulyaw, or bouyou) is a thick soup/stew found in the Upper Midwestern United States. It was introduced to this country by Wallonian immigrants from Belgium. Booyah often requires up to two days and multiple cooks to prepare. It is cooked in specially designed “booyah kettles,” and is usually meant to serve hundreds of people. The name “Booyah” also refers to the event surrounding the meal. (Recipe courtesy of The Milwaukee Brewing Co.)”

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  1. Remove all the meat from the cooked chicken. Discard the skin. You can reserve the bones for making stock. Chop the meat into bite size pieces. (1/2 inch cube). Refrigerate the meat until needed.
  2. Cut the beef chuck roast into 1 inch cubes and put into a resalable plastic bag. Add 1 Tbsp of flour to bag and shake until all the meat cubes are coated. Heat 2 Tbsp oil in 8 qt pot. When hot, add the meat and brown on all sides. Remove browned beef with a slotted spoon and reserve, repeat with remaining beef cubes.
  3. Cut kielbasa into strips and cube (1/2 inch). Add to hot pot and cook over medium high heat until browned. Remove with slotted spoon and add to beef. Do not drain fat from pot.
  4. Add onion, celery, red bell pepper, carrots, and the turnip to the pot. Sweat the vegetables over medium high heat until the onions are translucent. Add the Italian spice blend and the hot pepper flakes. Cook for 2 more minutes.
  5. Add can of diced tomatoes. Stir and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Add chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
  6. Add reserved chicken, beef, and sausage to pot. Bring to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 10 minute.
  7. Drain diced potatoes and add to pot along with barley. Cover and simmer all for 10 more minutes.
  8. Add frozen peas and corn. Add salt and pepper. Simmer 1 more minute. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  9. Just before serving add beer.

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