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.

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Pinto Beans

  • 1 Pound ham hocks or country ham
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • Water, to cover
  • 2 Cups dry pinto beans, sorted
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons salt

Cook ham hocks and sugar covered with water. Cook on simmer for a couple hours. When meat is tender pull apart with 2 forks to separate meat from fat, skin and bones. Return meat to broth and store in freezer till bean day.

Wash and sort 2 cups dry pinto beans. Add beans to pot with 8 cups water, 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and the ham with broth from above. Bring to boil, cover and simmer about 3 hours or until tender. Or put all the ingredients in a crockpot and cook all day.

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