Cracker Barrel has been around since 1969, the first store opened right here where we live, in Lebanon, TN. One of the biggest reasons that I believe Cracker Barrel has been so successful is their consistency and dedication to keeping things simple just like they were back in 1969. Many of the menu items have been around forever, my favorite Chicken & Dumplings are the same as they were the first time I tried them and my husband knows that the first place he ever tried turnip greens as a little boy is still the best place to go today for a bowl of his favorite greens. My husband has lived in the Nashville area all his life and remembers visiting the first store with his grandparents many times just down the road off highway 109 from his Uncle’s cattle farm. How many restaurants can you say that you have visited over the years that have not changed up their menu to try and reinvent themselves and you end up not liking the change? I can only think of a couple and Cracker Barrel is one of them. While Cracker Barrel does remain consistent with their atmosphere and food, there are a few times throughout the year that they introduce us to something special and one of those is their Campfire Meals Season.
The Campfire Meals Season menu consists of Campfire Chicken and Campfire Beef and for Dessert, Campfire S’mores. We recently visited our local Cracker Barrel and Chris tried the Campfire Chicken which consisted of campfire spice-seasoned half chicken, fresh carrots, sweet corn on the cob, red skin potatoes, onions, and tomato wedges, cooked slow and low in foil to lock in the flavorful juices. Served with made-from-scratch Buttermilk Biscuits or Corn Muffins and real butter. I tried the Campfire Beef that is a slow-cooked USDA Choice Beef Chuck Roast plus all the veggies seasoned with the same campfire seasoning and choice of Buttermilk Biscuits or Corn Muffins.
Our meals arrived wrapped as you see above in aluminum foil. This method of cooking made the chicken, beef and veggies so tender. The carrots and corn were so sweet, they virtually melt in your mouth and that little bit of char and campfire seasoning on the corn was absolutely amazing, probably the best corn on the cob I have ever had.
A great campfire meal like this has to be followed by an awesome dessert and the Campfire S’mores, plus the addition of a Double Chocolate Fudge Coca Cola Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream rounded out the meal perfectly. The Campfire S’mores are everything you would expect from a good S’mores with the added chocolaty goodness of a fudgy chocolate brownie with a buttery graham cracker crust topped with a toasted marshmallow and melting Hershey’s milk chocolate. Comes with rich, creamy vanilla ice cream drizzled with Hershey’s dark chocolate sauce. Sometimes we cannot go out for dinner and that is when I look to the Village Bakery for the latest kitchen gadgets, cookbooks, recipes and more.
Be sure to check out the Cracker Barrel store on your way out and pickup some On the Go S’mores. This yummy little S’mores in a Box comes with graham crackers and chocolate covered marshmallows so you can make them at home in the microwave, no campfire needed. Stop by your local Cracker Barrel today and try the Campfire Meals Season Menu through August 6th!
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