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Tropical Turkey Day — First Thanksgiving at the Boat House!

Who says turkeys can’t be tropical? Not us — for the first time ever, the Boat House is opening its doors on Thanksgiving day to give you a Gulf-inspired holiday feast!

In addition to our usual to-go menu options that feature turkey + all the trimmings with a seafood twist, we’re inviting our guests to dine at our table this year from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Leave the stress and kitchen mess at home and spend quality time with your family members and loved ones while feasting on all of your holiday favorites (plus a few Boat House specialties!) including roasted turkey, spiral ham, cajun fried chicken, shrimp cocktail, oyster dressing, cornbread dressing, traditional sides, and a dessert station featuring maple pecan pie, pumpkin pie, chocolate cakes and cookies! Our mouths are already watering.

Adults can enjoy that feast of a spread for $30, and kids for $15. For more details or to make your reservations, call the Boat House at (615) 790-2309 — tables won’t be available for long! Countdown to Thanksgiving starts now, y’all…

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What We’re Gobblin’ About: Thanksgiving Supper + To-Go Orders

Your Thanksgiving planning, prepping and cleanup just got a whole lot easier: All four Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant locations are giving you back time spent with your family by offering extensive dine-in and take-out options this holiday season!

The downtown Chattanooga, Columbia, Franklin and Nashville locations will be open Thanksgiving Day—11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Franklin and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Chattanooga, Columbia and Nashville—for our Puckett’s friends and families to enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet with the traditional fixin’s: sliced turkey, honey smoked ham, fried chicken and pulled pork, and all of Puckett’s famous sides with fresh-baked pie to top it all off.

Our owner, Andy Marshall, always says we open our doors on the national holiday in keeping with the Puckett’s spirit of community. 

“This time of year is about spending time with family, and we consider our neighbors and customers an extension of that,” he says. “Thanksgiving is a holiday we look forward to each year to share a home-cooked meal with our loved ones, and we’re excited to continue the tradition for another season.”

In addition to the eat-in options, we’re also offerin’ an extensive holiday to-go menu, with options such as whole turkeys roasted, smoked or fried; smoked buffet hams slow-cooked in our tried ‘n’ true smokers; cherry-smoked pulled pork; smoked racks of baby back ribs; and more.

Expect the same made-from-scratch dishes that you can find at any of our stores. Many of the classics are old Marshall family recipes that have been handed down over the years.

“Most of these dishes have been served on the Marshall family Thanksgiving table for years,” says Andy. “It made sense that we would share them on the Puckett’s table as well.

And it would be a shame if we didn’t mention the sides! That’s right—Puckett’s specialities like cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, corn pudding, sweet potato casserole, giblet gravy, yeast rolls and more, along with our famous homemade pies and cobblers.

We’re taking to-go orders through our website at www.puckettsgro.com/holiday or by phone. The deadline to place your order is Saturday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. 

Y’all have probably heard that story that when Puckett’s first opened, Andy would wake up each morning before the sun to slow smoke his award-winning barbecue. Come Thanksgiving, whole turkeys would take the place of barbecue in the smoker and the whole Marshall family would pitch in.

Inviting the community to join us around our table is a time-honored tradition that we hope to continue year after year.

Go to www.puckettsgro.com/holiday for to-go dinner menus and pricing. All to-go menus are fully cooked, but should be heated before serving. 

The all-inclusive Thanksgiving buffet is $27.50, and $13.75 for those 12 and under at the Columbia, Franklin and Nashville locations, and $26.99 and $12.99 for those 12 and under at the Chattanooga location. Reservations are highly recommended, and can be made on the Puckett’s website or by calling 423-708-8505 [Chattanooga], 931-490-4550 [Columbia], 615-794-5527 [Franklin] or 615-770-2772 [Nashville].

UPDATE: Puckett’s Franklin is no longer taking eat-in reservations for Thanksgiving Day.

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Mama’s Apple Pecan Pie

Nothing says “fall” more than a good, old-fashioned apple or pecan pie. To kick off the season, we’re sharing our award-winning recipe that combines both of these seasonal favorites!

Don’t have time to cook? Don’t fret—we’ve got y’all covered. Come by any Puckett’s location during the month of November and order a whole pie for $16.99, or a single slice for $4.99.

Whether your enjoying a slice made fresh by us around our table or you whip up one yourself, now is the perfect time to indulge in this classic American dessert. Apples are in season, it’s cold outside and a nice hot slice of apple pie will warm you right up!

Our Puckett’s 5th & Church server, Taylor Ann, won the Family Fun Day contest with this recipe, and we just can’t wait for y’all to try it!

Mama’s Apple Pecan Pie

Pie Filling

4 cups sliced peeled tart apples
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped spiced pecans
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons sugar
4-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping, room temperature 1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)
3 tablespoons butter, melted

Streusel Topping

3/4 cup all-purpose flour 2/3 cup chopped pecans 1/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons cold butter
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping, room temperature


In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice and vanilla. Combine the pecans, sugars, cinnamon and cornstarch; add to apple mixture and toss to coat. Pour caramel topping over bottom of pastry shell; top with apple mixture (shell will be full). Drizzle with butter.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, pecans and sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over filling.

Bake at 350° for 55-65 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is browned. Immediately drizzle with caramel topping. Cool on a wire rack.

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Dressing Up? Dessert Is On Us!

When witches go riding
And black cats are seen,
The moon laughs and whispers
‘Tis near Halloween!

It’s almost Hallows’ Eve, y’all, and we’re getting excited for a night of tricks and treats, and to host the finest witches, ghosts, princes, princesses and more for dinner!

And for Halloween night only, dine in costume and your dessert’s on us. That’s right—just pull up the Puckett’s Weekly (here) and enjoy a free cobbler at any Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant in downtown Franklin, downtown Chattanooga, downtown Nashville and downtown Columbia or a free pie at Puckett’s Boat House.

For those of you who are too excited for an evening of trick or treating to even think about dinner, we’ll also be handing out candy at all locations throughout the night.

Happy ghouling!

Puckett’s x Bridgestone: Bringing BBQ to the Arena

Puckett's BBQ-plate-photo by Amy Whidby

We scored. Big time!

Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant has teamed up with Bridgestone Arena ::: starting with the Nashville Predators’ opening weekend on October 8th, yours truly will be the exclusive BBQ restaurant in Bridgestone! Meaning that you can enjoy Puckett’s slow ‘n’ low cherrywood smoked meats — and homecooked sides too — while cheering the Preds to victory at every single home game (….or while at a Taylor Swift concert).

Yea, we’re excited too. Partnering with Bridgestone? Incredible — especially considering they’re the eighth busiest arena in the world. Partnering with the Preds? A dream for our family, who has long been supporters of the Preds and Bridgestone events.

Bridgestone, Puckett's, Nashville PredsSo how’d it all happen? Quickly! Bridgestone did a major overhaul of their food services, and wanted to bring more of “Nashville” into the building. Enter Puckett’s! With three concession stand sites and one mobile cart, you’ll be able to smell our goodness just about every way your head turns. Pssstt: don’t forget to tag #PuckettsxBridgestone when taking part in the feasting!

The Puckett’s x Bridgestone menu may rotate, but you can always order our pulled pork, brisket and pulled chicken sandwiches — smoked on-site, slow ‘n’ low over cherrywood with Puckett’s signature rubs and sauces. Plus, we’ll offer plates with our signature sides — think mac ‘n’ cheese, cole slaw and baked beans.

But that’s not all. How could it get any better than this?! THE MUSIC, people. Because it’s just as much engrained in our culture as the cookin. Not only will we provide all of the BBQ that you Preds fans will be eating at Bridgestone — that includes the suites and lounges, too — but we’re also bringing our music selections to the situation, every Golden Saturday!

A Puckett’s stage near the Nissan SoBro entrance (by Tavern 96 and The Wheelhouse) will host local artists for each Preds’ Saturday home game, usually around 5:30PM — musicians who will bring a true Puckett’s singer/songwriter show to Bridgestone, with original songs and lightning pickin’!

Both the Tavern 96 and The Wheelhouse will be open during the Puckett’s x Preds show with happy hour specials–the perfect opportunity for people to grab local brew as you enjoy the music before you whip those fang fingers out. We’ll keep you updated with the Puckett’s x Preds shows on our Nashville calendar here.

In the meantime, follow our Nashville Facebook page here (and the Preds’ page & Bridgestone page, too) for more updated info on the new consessions!