I love my shortcut version. It packs plenty of flavor and veggies without all of that work.
3 cups chicken broth
18 oz. container Curly's Bold & Spicy Pulled Pork (found in the grocer's meat case by the sausages)
1 store-bought rotisserie chicken, meat picked off the bones and chopped
16 oz. bag frozen soup vegetables with okra
10 oz. frozen corn kernels
15 oz. can lima beans, drained
15 oz. can tomato sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup favorite tomato-based barbecue sauce (I like Bull's Eye Original.)
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
Tabasco sauce, salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon cider vinegar or red wine vinegar
Combine all of the ingredients in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to medium-low, cover and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring often. Adjust the heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer.
This would be even better with pulled pork and barbecue sauce from your favorite local BBQ place. Leftovers freeze well.
Don't forget the cornbread and iced tea!