Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. develops and operates the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant and retail concept in the United States. Its restaurants provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The company’s gift shops offer various decorative and functional items, such as rocking chairs, holiday and seasonal gifts, apparel, toys, music CD’s, cookware, old-fashioned-looking ceramics, figurines, a book-on-audio sale-and-exchange program, and various other gift items, as well as candies, preserves, pies, cornbread mixes, coffee, syrups, pancake mixes, and other food items. As of September 18, 2012, it operated 620 stores in 42 states. The company was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Lebanon, Tennessee.



Peach Cobbler

PEACH COBBLER with Almond Crumble
Cracker Barrel Copycat Recipe

1 cup Bisquick
1 cup milk
1 stick melted butter
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Whisk together in a bowl & then spread in an 8 x 8 inch baking dish: Then, drain one 29 oz. can of sliced peaches into a bowl, reserve 1 to 2 tablespoons of the heavy syrup & add that to the bowl also. Add 1/4 cup sugar to the peaches, stir & then pour over the batter: You are going to bake that at 375 for 45 minutes. While it is baking, make the crumble topping.

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/8 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 T softened butter
1/4 cup sliced almonds (or if you don't like almonds, leave them out)

Mix in a bowl with a fork. After the cobbler has finished baking for 45 minutes, add the crumble & bake for an additional 10 minutes. Let it cool for about 10 to 15 minutes & then serve it warm with vanilla bean ice cream.

Spicy Grilled Catfish

Cracker Barrel Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup lime juice
1 cup white wine
2 tablespoons dry mustard
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 pound catfish fillet

Prepare a grill or preheat the broiler. Mix olive oil, lime juice, wine, mustard, chili powder, pepper, cilantro and salt in a medium bowl. Transfer half of the marinade mixture to another bowl and reserve for basting catfish. Add catfish to the first bowl; marinate for 15 minutes. Drain fillets and discard marinade. Place fillets on an oiled grill rack or broiler pan rack. Grill or broil 4 inches from the heat source, basting with reserved marinade, for about 3 minutes on each side, or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

Breakfast for Dinner

An all day breakfast menu has been an integral part of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store brand since it was founded in 1969. Nearly 25% of all of the entrees sold during lunch and dinner are breakfast entrees.  “This differentiator remains one of our guests’ favorite parts of the Cracker Barrel experience,” says Janella Escobar, Director of Corporate Communications at Cracker Barrel.

While its breakfast menu has expanded over the last 46 years, Cracker Barrel says the country cooking found on the original menu remains a core part of what it offers including eggs, pancakes, bacon, country ham, sausage and grits; as well as homemade biscuits and gravy.

Butter Baked Chicken

Cracker Barrel Copycat Recipe

Serves 6-8

1/4 cup butter or margarine
6 to 8 chicken breasts
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk, divided use
1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 (10 3/4 oz.) can condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Melt butter in 9 x 13 baking dish.

Dip chicken in milk, then roll in seasoned flour. Place chicken, skin side down, in butter. Bake 30 minutes.

Mix water, remaining milk and soup together. Turn chicken and pour soup mixture over it. Bake 30 minutes more. Remove chicken and stir gravy.

45th Aniversary

Original Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Celebrates 45th Anniversary

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. announced today an operation milestone–its 45th Anniversary. Since the first Cracker Barrel opened in a small town in Middle Tennessee in 1969, the company has focused on Pleasing People by providing the finest quality home style food at a reasonable price and offering a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Cracker Barrel’s philosophy holds true as the company has experienced consistent growth and success since its inception 45 years ago.

A Look Back

Cracker Barrel was founded in 1969 as Founder Dan Evins began thinking of ways to better meet the needs of people traveling the roads. At that time, the interstate system was still young and goods and services were hard to come by and often not trusted. Evins became a pioneer, seeking to create a country store that served up some real American flavor – a place where guests could catch up with family, friends and thoughts.

Evin’s vision grew into a great business opportunity as Cracker Barrel became the first restaurant to situate itself directly off the interstates, ultimately making traveling easier on the big new highways.  Cracker Barrel became the official place for travelers looking for a clean, comfortable, relaxed place to stop-in for a good meal and shopping.  Since the beginning, Cracker Barrel stores have included a retail country store offering unique gifts and self-indulgences, many reminiscent of America’s country heritage.

Cracker Barrel realized there was a whole lot more interstate ahead of them and in 1981 the company went public with its stock. Growth continued and today the company owns and operates 633 stores in 42 states.

Cracker Barrel Facts

Today with more than 70,000 employees, Cracker Barrel has made a significant economic impact across the nation through job creation in hundreds of towns and communities.

Cracker Barrel serves nearly 600,000 guests a day, seven days a week. On a typical day, Cracker Barrel uses 70,000 pounds of flour to produce the made-from-scratch biscuits and dumplins.

Each store is decorated with authentic American memorabilia. There are about 90,000 pieces in the Cracker Barrel Décor Warehouse and another 700,000 pieces of original décor in the stores.