This delicious copycat Cracker Barrel Carrots Recipe is perfect for dinner, holidays, or as a side dish. They are so easy to make with only four ingredients, and they taste amazing.
Cracker Barrel Carrots
I LOVE Cracker Barrel! I don't know if it is because I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and we didn't really have southern comfort food growing up or if it is just that the food always tastes good but I love it.
Cracker Barrel used to be our go-to travel restaurant because we didn't have one close to us.
Even now the closest Cracker Barrel to us is in Northern Idaho about an hour away from us. I am going to admit that we have driven to Coeur d'Alene just from Cracker Barrel a few times. There is just something about their meals.
Since it is an hour away from the house and deep in the winter we started making Cracker Barrel recipes at home.
I wanted to be able to recreate our favorites and enjoy them any day we wanted them. My husband loves Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings so I worked to make homemade dumplings and he loves it.
This year I am working on expanding the side dishes we have on the site. For some reason, I haven't shared very many side dishes and this needs to change.
So today we decided to pair Cracker Barrel Carrots with a new Cracker Barrel Meatloaf Recipe I am working on. I figured it was time we shared more fun recipes.
One thing I have realized over the past year is how much we love certain restaurant recipes and miss being able to sit in the restaurant and enjoy them. You can expect to see more copycat recipes coming to the blog soon! I am on a mission to make some of our restaurant favorites at home.
I love that this carrot recipe is done in less than 60 minutes! So perfect for holidays or family dinners.
Baby Carrots - If you can't find baby carrots you can easily use sliced regular carrots.
Saucepan - You want to use a saucepan with a lid that has enough space for cooking the carrots. A 2-quart saucepan works great.
Serving Dish - I like to use a serving dish or large bowl with sides to keep the Cracker Barrel Carrots contained. I am a bit of a klutz and always worry I am going to turn too quickly and carrots are going to fly out of the dish and all over the floor or people sitting at the table.
This recipe can easily be doubled if you are making it for the holidays or a big family dinner.
Rinse the carrots before adding the to the top.
Make sure to pour enough water into the pot so the fresh baby carrots are covered.
The Cracker Barrel baby carrots should be tender when pricked with a fork.
The sugar and butter add a great sweetness to these carrots.
If you have been wondering how to cook baby carrots like Cracker Barrel this is the perfect recipe to try!
For a bit more flavor you can add in a pinch of nutmeg.
I have seen people add in a tablespoon or 2 of bacon grease to this recipe but I haven't tried it.
If you don't have brown sugar you can use white sugar. The flavor may be a tiny bit different but they still taste great.
We use butter but you can easily use margarine if you prefer it.
Cracker Barrel Recipes
Copycat Cracker Barrel Carrots Recipe
- Wash the carrots, Add them to a sauce pan and cover with water completely.
- Cover and bring to a boil, allow to simmer for 30-40 minutes until carrots are just getting tender.
- Remove half of the pan water carefully. Add in brown sugar, butter, and salt and stir together. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until carrots are fork tender.
- A fork should easily stick through the carrot when they are ready to be served.