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.



Apple Cider Braised Pork Roast

Cracker Barrel Copycat Recipe

3 pound boneless pork top loin roast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried sage, crushed
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons cooking oils
4 apples, cored and each cut into 6 wedges
1/3 cup chopped onions
1 tablespoon bottled minced garlic or 6 cloves garlic, minced

3 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
3/4 cup chicken broth
3/4 cup apple cider or juice

Trim fat from meat. In a small bowl, stir together salt, thyme, sage, and pepper. Sprinkle spice mixture over meat; rub in with your fingers. In a large skillet, brown meat on all sides in hot oil over medium heat. In a 6- or 7-quart slow cooker, place apples, shallots, and garlic; sprinkle with tapioca. Place meat on top of apple mixture. Pour broth and apple cider over meat. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.

Notes:  Cracker Barrel also uses dried cranberries and pecans which can be added to the crockpot toward the end of the cooking time once the meat is done.

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