Help Us Name The Smoker, Murfreesboro!

M'boro Smoker with team-2

The time has come for one of our favorite traditions….the Name The Smoker Contest! We smoke our BBQ slow ‘n’ low over cherrywood, just like Andy’s done from the very beginning, and our smokers are like family around here. We like to bestow a proper name upon each and every one, including Hog Father in Nashville, Jolene in Franklin, Cherry Underwood in Columbia, Ruby in Chattanooga and Hoss & Lil Joe riding behind Ms. Trolley Parton for events.

The challenge is now on for y’all to come up with a fitting name for the piece of culinary wonder that brings you our world-famous ribs, brisket and pulled pork in the ‘Boro.

To show some Blue Raider love, we’ll be doubling the prize amounts for any winner who is a MTSU student! In addition to earning bragging rights and BBQ glory, winners will receive:

  • Name The Smoker Contest Winner: $250 Puckett’s Gift Card ($500 if you’re an MTSU student!)
  • Runner-Up: $50 Puckett’s gift card ($100 if you attend MTSU)
  • 2nd Runner-Up: $25 Puckett’s gift card (yep, that’s $50 if you’re a Blue Raider!)

To enter, you’ll be commenting on this Facebook or Instagram post with 1) your name suggestion and 2) your email (so we can contact you when we announce the winner). We can’t wait to see what y’all cook up, Murfreesboro!


Contest Notes:

  • You don’t have to live in Murfreesboro to enter.
  • Any MTSU student winners must be a current student & will need to present a valid student ID to receive bonus amounts. 
  • We reserve the right to remove any inappropriate content.
  • By giving us your email, you give us the right to include you in our email database and contact you if you are the winner.
  • Employees of A. Marshall Family Foods, Inc. restaurants and Hattie Jane’s Creamery are not eligible to win.

Words from Jan :: From the Inside Looking Inside

Every once in a while, we have the pleasure of hearing a few words of wisdom from the woman who has been around since the beginning of our story: Jan Marshall. What with opening four new concepts within the last year and welcoming three new grand babies, she’s been just a little busy (if you can imagine that!) We are so glad to welcome her back to the blog today as she shares a little peek into what life is like “on the inside” of A. Marshall Family Foods.


As A. Marshall Family Foods continues to grow, matriarch Jan Marshall is at the center, keeping herself and everyone around her calm.

I’ve had a few nicknames in my life that have stuck with me through the years… I am the baby girl of two older brothers, who dubbed me as Priss, and still call me that to this day.

Then came Turtle. You see, I worked for years alongside a business associate in our children’s school, who was always in a hurry. I do not like to rush. I never have.

Our peers lovingly called her the rabbit and me the turtle (I liked to remind her who won the race in Aesop’s fable!)

My mother will tell you that I was born three weeks early, and that’s the last time I was early in my life. She is right, about that. I do like looking at life with a long glance.

One of my favorite nicknames, however, is Maw Puckett. That one, is an honor I wear with a bit of motherly pride.  Some of our associates in our early days of Puckett’s began calling me Maw Puckett. I’d like to think it was because they saw me as a comfy spot for them in this crazy business. Whatever it was, it stuck, and is still how our staff officially introduces me.

The restaurant world is a lovely, lively place, full of all kinds of people working together and dining together.  I love it.  At any of our restaurants, I truly love seeing someone who may struggle in life, yet build confidence being a part of our team. I also love sitting back and watching our guests sharing food and their time with their family and friends. When we started our new life in Leiper’s Fork, Tenn. with Puckett’s Grocery in 1998 with 3 employees and our little family, I had no idea what was in store. Yet, I had faith it was going to be fine.

It’s amazing to see how God works.  Who in the world but God would know how this ride came to be. I gotta laugh when I’m reminded of what Andy said to me after we married:

“Honey, hold on! Our life is gonna be a roller coaster ride!  We’re gonna have our ups and downs, but it will be a blast, and we are gonna stick through it all.”  

Well, I’m still hanging on!

It’s been and still is an amazing ride. I am very much a part of our restaurants, yet more in the supportive role. That allows me the opportunity to see with a wider view of how our family business operates.

My hope is that you will enjoy reading some of the long glances I’ve seen through the years and to this day. You’ll just need to slow down a bit, and enjoy the view!

What are the odds?!

One of our absolute favorite things about this job is getting to know people of all walks of life and hearing their amazing stories. We loved this story so much, we just had to share it!

16711803_10100168771733369_2380532781059797072_nIn June 2016, Kevin and Devin Terry came to visit us at Puckett’s Franklin for dinner. They got to talking with their server, Bryan Betts, and told him that they had just found out that they were expecting a boy. After learning that the Terrys didn’t have any specific names in mind yet, Bryan suggested that they name him Barrett.

Fast forward to February of this year. The Terry family came back to see Bryan with a very special guest in tow: baby Barrett!

“When we left the restaurant, we laughed about how funny it would be if we used that name for our future son, but we both liked the name,” Kevin says. “Up until the day he was born, we still didn’t have his name finalized. In the end, we went back to the name Barrett!”

Bryan was “blown away” upon meeting little Barrett and learning that the Terrys had embraced his suggestion.

“I remember waiting on them last June, and I thought Barrett was a really cool name, so I just threw it out there!” Bryan says.

Now that’s a whole lotta #PuckettsLove, y’all! We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again — the hospitality biz is the best!

“Funds 4 Food” Begins April 1st!

April 2017 Funds 4 Food flyer
At Puckett’s, there’s a story behind each of our restaurants and our recipes. That’s why we are partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to tell the story of generosity and hope during our first ever Funds 4 Food Campaign, April 1st through 30th, at Puckett’s Gro. in downtown Nashville.

It is disheartening that in Middle Tennessee, 1 in 7 people–including 1 in 5 children–struggle with hunger. In fact, you could fill up the Nissan stadium 6 TIMES with the amount of people in our community who are facing food insecurity issues.

To us, it’s about more than just statistics. It’s about the faces of children who go to bed hungry and the parents worrying about where their next meal will come from–people who are our Middle Tennessee neighbors.

We want to put an end to hunger in our community, and we need your help. During our month-long campaign, diners at Puckett’s Gro. in downtown Nashville will have the opportunity to add an extra dollar or more to their total, which will provide at least four meals to local families affected by hunger. Plus, we will match each donation up to $5,000. That means with each dollar donation, you can provide eight meals to families in need.

“Most people don’t realize that so many in our area go hungry on a daily basis,” said Kyle Williams, senior manager at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.  “We are blessed to be in a community where companies like Puckett’s help to shed light on the issue and are eager to help give back.”

Founded in 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee works to solve hunger issues in Middle and West Tennessee. Second Harvest collects, sorts and distributes food and personal care products to more than 490 partner agencies throughout 46 counties. Their partner agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, foster care facilities, senior centers, group homes and youth enrichment programs.

Our goal during the Funds 4 Food campaign is to provide 40,000 meals through Second Harvest. We are confident that with your help, we can achieve this goal!

Stop by Puckett’s Gro. in Nashville during the month of April to participate in the Funds 4 Food campaign and help us make a difference in solving hunger issues in our area!!



Spreading the #PuckettsLove

One of the pillars of our company is strong community involvement, and we try to do our part to support other local businesses and organizations whenever we can. We recently presented two deserving nonprofits — Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County — with checks as a result of campaigns we ran at Puckett’s Boat House and Puckett’s Gro. in Murfreesboro, respectively.

Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury

Puckett’s Boat House runs an annual Ceiling Dollars fundraiser that was inspired by the traditions of several restaurants’ along the Gulf Coast who invite diners to pin dollar bills marked with their names, hometowns, and sometimes notes to other travelers, to their ceilings.

Ever seeking to support and positively impact the communities in which his restaurants are located, Andy Marshall elected to create a similar atmosphere at Puckett’s Boat House, but with a twist — each dollar that is pinned to the ceiling of the downtown Franklin restaurant in a calendar year is counted and donated to a preselected recipient of the year’s campaign proceeds, with A. Marshall Foods matching the total donations to the dollar. With A. Marshall’s match, we were able to present $771.42 to Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury!

Puckett's Boat House Ceiling Dollars_Habitat for Humanity Check Presentation

Several members of our team, including Marketing Director Rachel Layton; Marketing and Community Relations Associate Lindsay Curtis and Puckett’s Boat House General Manager Ricki Terry, visited the Habitat for Humanity office — located right off W. Main St. in downtown Franklin — to present more than $700 in proceeds that were collected in 2016. Accepting the donation on behalf of Habitat for Humanity were Susan Shipley, Development Coordinator; Rain Fisher, Volunteer Development Manager; Becket Moore, Executive Director; Wayne Weaver, Director of Homeowner Services; and Jennee Galland, Director of Communications and Events.

Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury seeks to fulfill the need for affordable housing in Williamson County — which is one of the fastest growing areas in the country — and Maury County, relying solely on financial support from local entities and the labor of volunteers to achieve its mission. For additional information or to get involved as a donor, volunteer, or business sponsor, please contact Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury at 615-690-8090 or visit

Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County

On the evening of our Grand Opening of Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant on the downtown Murfreesboro square last month, we pledged to donate 10% of sales from the night to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County and were able to donate $826 to the Clubs as a result.

A self-proclaimed ‘product of the Boys & Girls Club,’ Andy Marshall, CEO of A. Marshall Foods, credits the organization for providing strong reinforcements and role models during his youth and often supports the Club’s local branches through charitable campaigns at the company’s restaurants. The Feb. 13 grand opening celebration of Puckett’s Gro. in Murfreesboro included a performance by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County cheerleading squad and an introduction of the Clubs’ 2017 Youth of the Year.


Andy Marshall and his family– wife, Jan; daughter, Claire Crowell, COO of A. Marshall Family Foods; and son, Cliff, a manager at Puckett’s in Murfreesboro — along with Puckett’s General Manager, Autumn Friese and A. Marshall Family Foods Opening Project Manager, Chris Payne, presented Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County representatives Sheryl Chesnutt, Executive Director; Michelle Clifford, Director of Marketing and Special Events; and Beth Hackett, Resource Development Director with a check for a portion of Puckett’s grand opening proceeds at the restaurant.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America provides youth with positive mentors and educational and developmental opportunities in a fun and friendly atmosphere. The Rutherford County branch serves more than 2,800 young people daily, relying on private, corporate, individual, and United Way funding to fill the gap between membership dues and operational expenses. To learn more, visit 

As always, our gratitude goes out to you, our loyal customers, for supporting us so that we can, in turn, support others!