Homemade Pickle Recipe: goodness of the Deep South in your kitchen

If you’ve ever tasted those fried pickles at the Puckett’s Boat House, you know it’s a total explosion of “South in your Mouth.” And if you’re nice (we’ll take your word for it), we’ll tell you our secret……

The reason they are so good is because our pickles are made-from-scratch via a homemade recipe. With a lot of taste testing and the addition of a spicy spin, we think we got the perfect pickle (which is fun to say 10 times fast).

That Cajun kick you’re tastin’ comes from a perfectly concocted mix of sugar, vinegar, horseradish, and cayenne. And since we love our customers and want them to be happy all the time (not just when they are visiting) we have decided to graciously share this recipe that is very near and dear to our hearts–and stomachs.

So make ’em and put them on a burger (June’s Burger of the Month is coming soon, so stay tuned), eat them out of the jar, or better yet fry them up and dip them in our BBQ sauce. Either way, we hope they bring all the goodness of the Deep South to your kitchen.

Puckett’s BoatHouse Quick Homemade Pickles:

½ gallon whole refrigerator pickles

1 cup of sugar

1 cup white vinegar

4 cups water

½ cups horseradish

1 tbsp. pickling spice

1 tsp. cayenne

1 tsp. red pepper flakes

Directions: Cut pickles into desired thickness. Place cut pickles into a container. Combine ingredients into a mixing bowl and pour over pickles. Ensure pickles are fully covered. Place pickles into refrigerator. Turn pickles every couple hours. Allow pickles to marinate 48 hours for best results.


Boat House Spices Up Summer With Weekly Events!

Puckett’s Boat House, our soulful seafood eatery on East Main Street in downtown Franklin, has launched a series of community-focused events—just in time to celebrate our one-year anniversary in June! In recent weeks, the Boat House has kicked off an outdoor corn hole tournament, a weekly “Ladies Day” event and a scrumptious weekend brunch.

And on June 4, the restaurant hosted its 18th season of Puckett’s Rising Star, a singer-songwriter, open-mic contest that began at Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant five years ago. The competition, which moved to the Boat House last season, is unique to the area because the audience plays an integral role in the selection of winners each week.

It’s the perfect summer hangout spot!

More info about the events:

It held its first two-day brunch over Memorial Day Weekend, a buffet that is now offered each Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

You better believe the brunch menu is gonna be good, with Chef Carlos behind the helm. It’ll be an ever-rotating smorgasbord of 15 to 20 items, with selections ranging from baked tilapia and beer-battered cod to biscuits and gravy, French toast casserole and home-style potatoes. The brunch buffet is $15.95 for adults, and $7.50 for kids 12 and under.

In addition to the weekend event, they’ve also established a weekly “Ladies Day” event on Wednesdays. The all-day special includes exclusive dishes geared towards the feminine set, and deals such as half-price wine by the bottle and glass.

Manager Stacy Wray (you know how we love her!) came up with the idea. Here’s what she had to say’ bout it.

“I love the heart behind our restaurant and its community relationships. My hope is that our friends feel a connection with us here, and that they begin to feel that it’s an extension of their own kitchen. That’s why we started this particular event, to build on that family environment. We would love to be a part of a long-standing tradition among friend groups.”

To wipe out the Monday blues and attract another customer base, the Boat House also began hosting the PBH Corn Hole Tournament, a double-elimination game that includes 10 teams each week.  The tournament, which asks a $10 entry fee, begins at 6 p.m. and includes weekly prize money.

Here’s why General Manager J.T. Ward loves it:

“Corn hole is a game that I associate with friends, family and warm weather. I think that good-time feeling, and a little healthy competition, is a great fit for the Boat House. I hope it becomes a seasonal tradition, and something that locals can look forward to.”

The restaurant also has a weekly Boat House Blues Night, presented by Nashville artist and musician Billy Block.

WHEW. That’s it for us. It’s a lot, ain’t it? For more information on these and other upcoming events, visit Puckett’s Boat House at 94 E. Main Street or its website at www.puckettsboathouse.com.

George Strait’s #60for60 Campaign Comes to Puckett’s 5th & Church!

If you like country music, you like George Strait. Plain and simple. That’s why we’re so excited to host Phil O’Donnell and Dean Dillon, two of George’s friends and songwriters this Saturday, May 11!

Here’s why it’s especially cool:

George, one of country music’s living legends, is turning 61 come May 18—but before he does, the “King of Country” is hoping to nab one last milestone as he embarks on his final U.S. tour. Have y’all seen the “Sixty for Sixty” social media marketing campaign for Strait’s latest single, “Give It All We Got Tonight,” designed to make the tune his sixtieth #1 hit? Well, it’s comin’ to Puckett’s 5th & Church in a couple days!

On May 11 the #60for60 campaign will take front and center in downtown Nashville. One week before Strait leaves his 60th year—and the campaign ends—we’ll have O’Donnell and Dillon on stage.

Dillon has co-written 80 published Strait songs, including “Ocean Front Property” and “Living for the Night”, along with a slew of others. O’Donnell, a Puckett’s on-stage regular, co-wrote Strait’s current single “Give It All We Got Tonight.”  Together the pair has helped take Strait to the top of the charts 59 times: Strait has more #1’s than any other artist in history!

“We’re honored to call Phil and Dean friends of Puckett’s, and know how fortunate we are to be in Middle Tennessee and have this kind of talent on our stage,” Claire Crowell (our director of operations!) said. “Guys like them really represent what we’re all about. I believe this is the reason we’re unique: because you can’t separate the music from the food at Puckett’s.”

The show will begin at 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $12 cover. To make a reservation, go here before they’re all gone!

Who: Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant

What: Phil O’Donnell and Dean Dillon

When: Saturday, May 11; 8:30 p.m.

Where: Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant
500 Church Street, Nashville, TN

Cost: $12

About Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant

With locations in downtown Franklin, downtown Nashville and downtown Columbia, the Puckett’s roots go way back to the 1950s, and a little grocery store Williamson County. Ever since then, we’ve been focused on providing friends new and old with great food and Southern hospitality. When it comes down to it, Puckett’s is a community kitchen, with live pickin’ performances just a few feet from your table. Authentic comfort food—barbecue smoked slow ‘n’ low over cherry wood, the home-cooked sides, even a few upscale dishes—is what Puckett’s aims for you to remember. For more information, go to www.puckettsgrocery.com.

May Burger of the Month: Cinco de Mayo

April showers bring…Cinco de Mayo! Although this year’s April showers are lingering longer than we’d hoped, May is one of your favorite months. And because we can’t limit our love of Mexican flavors to just one day, May’s Burger of the Month (BOM) is an ode to some of your favorite South-of-the-border ingredients–with that Puckett’s twist you look for in all of our dishes.

“When I think about Spanish influences in my cooking, Chorizo is one of my favorite flavors. In many restaurants I worked in, Chorizo con Huevos was a staple among the guys in the kitchen, and we would fix it every Sunday before the restaurant opened. So it was essential to put Chorizo on the burger for May. This burger is ‘muy bueno!’ if I do say so myself! We allow you to enjoy Cinco de Mayo all month long!”- Puckett’s Brand Chef, Keith West


Burger Bun (grilled)

1 Tbl Mayo

1 Lettuce Leaf

2 Sliced Tomatoes

2 Red Onion Rings

1 Puckett Burger

2 oz Crumbled Chorizo

1 Tbl Crumbled Feta

½ Tbl Cilantro Leaves

1 Lime Wedge

Burger Bun

[Serve with a side of chips & pico de gallo!]

Burger of the Month
Each month, Puckett’s chef Keith West creates a “Burger of the Month” to serve to our friends. It’s always quirky, it’s always carefully crafted and it always makes us lick our chops. We’re going to start sharing some of those exclusive recipes with you!

Homestead Manor Re-opens This Thursday!

 On March 5, 1863, the Battle of Thompson’s Station raged around a sweeping 50-acre property and one Williamson County plantation home.

On Thursday, May 2, Homestead Manor will commemorate 150 years since the skirmish with its grand re-opening as an event venue site from 6-9 p.m….. and Puckett’s Trolley is going to be on site to celebrate with these guys!

Y’all are all excited to celebrate the ca. 1816 historic landmark—a property that was as a ground-zero site for 6,000 Civil War soldiers—which will now serve as a private venue for community and corporate events, weddings and more. The open house event will showcase the versatility of Homestead Manor, as well as give everyone a first look at the newly renovated (fabulous, as Ms. Dolly Parton would say!) space.

The evening will include guest speakers who will educate partygoers on the manor’s heritage, and a special re-enactment of historical events pertaining to the location. In addition to music, entertainment and other activities, Pour Taste, Java Breeze, Puckett’s Trolley and Lipman Bros. will offer complimentary food and refreshments. Beer, wine and additional food will be available for purchase at a suggested $1 donation. A portion of the proceeds will go to support the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County.

Today Homestead Manor is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the property has a conservation easement through The Land Trust of Tennessee.

It is managed by Puckett’s Events, an events company owned by Andy and Jan Marshall of our Puckett’s family of restaurants (that’s us!). Hope to see y’all there.

For more information, please contact Event Coordinator Jill Begin at jill@puckettsevents.com.

Who: Puckett’s Events

What: Grand re-opening of Homestead Manor

When: Thursday, May 2; 6 p.m.-11 p.m.

Where: Homestead Manor
4683 Columbia Pike, Thompson’s Station, TN 37179


Cost: Free