Iowa BBQ Soup (Pork & Corn)
With BBQ sauce, pork, corn & more, Iowa BBQ Soup is loaded with summer flavor. Perfect for tailgate parties, picnics or even a complete meal.
I didn’t set out to create a BBQ soup when I pulled out the big kettle. But after the recipe I was making turned out… well, downright boring, I knew I needed to punch it up.
The original fiasco happened right after a trip to Iowa where we ate lots of local BBQ, pork and corn. Hmm, why not turn my disappointing corn chowder into a delicious BBQ Soup!
Originally published in 2016, I knew I had to repost this when my Sunday blogging group decided to do a yummy BBQ collection!
Why You’ll Love This!
Flavorful. As I mentioned, this was created to punch up the flavor of a bland soup. And how to you beat the great taste of Iowa BBQ!
Quick & Easy. Just sautee up some ground pork and vegetables and it’s a snap!
Healthy and Hearty. The corn and peppers add vegetable goodness but it comes off as a hearty, meaty soup. The best of both worlds!
Step by Step Directions
With just a minimum of prep, the soup is easy and fool-proof. You start by sautéing the ground pork
Combine everything, add BBQ sauce, then enjoy
How easy is that!
While this is lovely as a BBQ pork soup, you could easily substitute shredded or ground turkey or chicken for BBQ chicken soup. Hmm, this might make a perfect Thanksgiving leftover soup!
And if you’re looking for a Pulled Pork Soup recipe just use shredded pork instead of ground!
Tips and Notes
This soup is great way to use up a bountiful harvest of fresh corn but equally delicious (and even easier) with canned or frozen corn.
I freeze peppers whole and always have them available for last minute recipe requirements. It’s super easy, just drop into a zip loc bag, no blanching required.
The BBQ sauce makes a big difference in this so make sure you use something with a lot of flavor. You might even consider homemade like this Cherry BBQ Sauce or Apple Smoked BBQ Sauce.
A small bowl of this soup works beautifully as a first course. But since it’s loaded with vegetables, meat and potatoes, it even works as a complete meal, especially with the addition or bread and/or salad.
My husband (the carnivore) was pretty excited that this originally vegan soup now had meat. I was ecstatic to have rescued a recipe and create a delicious new soup option!
- 1 lb lean ground pork
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large potato, diced
- 2 red bell peppers, diced
- 4 cups of corn (if using fresh, from about 5 large ears)
- 5 cups broth (vegetable or meat)
- ½ cup BBQ sauce
- In a large stockpot, brown the ground pork. When cooked through, remove the meat from the pan and set aside.
- Drain off all but about 1 tablespoon of the fat. Add the onion and sauté until tender. Add the garlic potato and diced red pepper and cook for another minute or two.
- Return the meat to the pan and add the corn and broth. Bring to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the BBQ sauce and serve.
More BBQ Recipes:
- Iowa BBQ Soup from Art of Natural Living
- Kalua Pork from That Recipe
- Korean BBQ Flanken Style Ribs from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches from Blogghetti
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Really interesting! I make a BBQ salad, but haven’t made BBQ soup. Yet. 🙂 Super nice — thanks.
Ooo, BBQ salad sounds good too!
This is one yummy soup! I love it!
This soup sounds delicious! Love the addition of corn.
Wouldn’t say “Iowa” without corn :). Plus I love getting lots of veggies in a soup!
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I will replace ground pork with beef… hmmm your BBQ Soup pic make me hungry.. hungryyy… : F
Yes, if I didn’t have the pork, that’s exactly what I would do. Enjoy!
never added barbecue sauce to soup but i think it’s a dynamite idea! this looks delicious.
I was really happy when that lightbulb went on Grace!
I guess we are getting into soup season! This looks amazing, Inger – anything with fresh corn is good with me!
At least it’s a soup with some summer flair David. Though soon it will probably be the latest pumpkin soup, sigh…