Cracker Barrel fried apples are one of the most popular menu items at the Cracker Barrel. These are a favorite of so many. Fried apples make a great addition to any meal.
Thankfully, Cracker Barrel restaurants are on many major freeways so when you are traveling you can find a great breakfast or even a tasty lunch or dinner. I love their home-cooking style. It is hard to beat a good plate of meatloaf, chicken tenders, or a hearty breakfast. Their menu is diverse enough that everyone will find something they can enjoy.
If you are really lucky you might even have one of these restaurants in your hometown. They are always super busy.
For those of us to have to drive to the Cracker Barrel, you can always make a copycat recipe to tide you over until you get to the real restaurant. The Cracker Barrel Fried Apples are delicious when you make them at home. In the restaurant, they aren’t made fresh, but you can make a copycat of their fried apples using fresh ingredients at home.
Here’s what you need to make fried apples:
- Bacon drippings or butter
- Tart apples
- Lemon juice
- Brown sugar
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground nutmeg
How to Make Cracker Barrel Fried Apples
- In a large skillet, melt bacon drippings or butter.
- Spread sliced apples evenly over the skillet bottom.
- Sprinkle the lemon juice over them, followed by the brown sugar and salt.
- Cover and cook over low heat for 15 minutes, or until apples are tender and juicy.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg and serve.
- You can add a squeeze of lemon at the finish for enhanced flavor.
You can leave the peels on the apples or take them off, it is completely up to you. I think you can deviate from the recipe a bit if you want to use different types of apples in the recipe. I think by using a couple of different apples you can get a delicious flavor.
Please note the video below features apples that are not peeled. You can peel the apples if you want them exactly like they are at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant. The portion of cooking with the lid on was omitted. You can add a little squeeze of lemon for enhanced flavor.
Love Cracker Barrel? Check out these copycat recipes!
- Broccoli and Cheddar Chicken
- Hash Brown Casserole Cracker Barrel
- Easy Meatloaf Recipe with Ritz Crackers
- Tomato Cucumber Onion Salad
- Cherry Chocolate Cobbler
- Coca Cola Cake Cracker Barrel
More Fall and Apple Recipes
- Dutch Apple Pie Recipe
- Low Sugar Apple Pie
- Apple Pie made with Ritz Crackers
- Apple Cider Pork Roast
- Apple Pecan Chicken Salad
- Best Apple Crisp
- Caramel Apple Bread Pudding
Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples
- 1/4 cup bacon drippings, or 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
- 6 tart apples peeled, cored, and sliced - (video demonstrates this with apples that were not peeled, personal choice should be made).
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- In a large skillet, melt bacon drippings or butter. Spread the apples evenly over the skillet bottom. Sprinkle the lemon juice over them, followed by the brown sugar and salt. Cover and cook over low heat for 15 minutes, until apples are tender and juicy. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg and serve. You can add a squeeze of lemon at the finish for enhanced flavor, this is optional.