Copycat TGI Friday’s Jack Daniel’s Sauce – an easy, from scratch sauce that is great on chicken, fish, veggies – the possibilities are endless!
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I got an email way back in 2003 called Insider’s Recipes for Brand Name Foods that included this recipe. I love Jack Daniels sauce from Friday’s & this recipe tastes just like it.
WHAT DOES JACK DANIELS TASTE LIKE
Jack Daniels tastes similar to a bourbon. It’s a Tennessee whiskey, which is the same as bourbon except its been charcoal filtered so it’s a little less harsh and more charcoal flavors, which makes it great in a sauce (especially paired with grilled foods).
Today we paired this Jack Daniels with this boneless wings recipe & it tasted just like the Sesame Jack Strips appetizer from TGI Friday’s.
The second day (since there was a lot left), I made grilled chicken breasts & brushed the sauce over them. Delicious.
HOW DO YOU MAKE JD BBQ SAUCE?
Making Jack Daniels Sauce is probably easier than you think. You take everyday ingredients (listed below) and bring them to a boil. Once they’re boiling, you let it simmer until it thickens. Easy!
TGI FRIDAYS JACK DANIELS SAUCE INGREDIENTS
- Minced Garlic – I give instructions on how to roast a head of garlic below. If you want a short cut, you can buy the minced garlic in oil from the grocery store that I always keep on hand.
- Olive Oil
- Pineapple Juice – you can use the juice from the crushed pineapple can you’ll need
- Teriyaki Sauce
- Soy Sauce – you can use low sodium if that’s what you prefer
- Dark Brown Sugar – dark brown sugar has more molasses and a more complex flavor
- Lemon Juice – fresh is best!
- White Onion – white onions are sweeter & cleaner in flavor than yellow onions with a milder flavor
- Jack Daniels Whiskey
- Crushed Pineapple – buy a can and also use the juice from it
- Cayenne Pepper
IS JACK DANIELS SAUCE VEGETARIAN?
Jack Daniels Sauce is vegetarian – even better, it’s vegan! You can use it as a dipping sauce, a glaze, or a marinade so meat eaters and vegetarians alike can enjoy it.
HOW TO ROAST YOUR OWN GARLIC
If you have time (and inclination), you can roast your own garlic for this recipe. Here’s how:
First, preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Next, cut about 1/2″ off of the top of the garlic. Cut the roots so that the garlic will sit flat. Remove the papery skin from the garlic, but leave enough so that the cloves stay together. Put garlic into a small casserole dish or baking pan, drizzle olive oil over it, and cover with foil. Bake for 1 hour.
Finally, remove garlic and let it cool until you can handle it.
TOOLS TO MAKE TGI FRIDAY’S JACK DANIELS SAUCE:
- Whisk – I actually need a new one and this one is calling my name.
- Medium Saucepan – I really like when pans are dishwasher dafe.
- Container – for storing the extra sauce.
- Silicone brush – for brushing this sauce onto chicken, veggies, etc.
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TGI Friday's Jack Daniels Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic OR 1 head of garlic - see instructions above
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
- 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 1/3 cups dark brown sugar
- 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 Tablespoons minced white onion
- 1 Tablespoon Jack Daniels Whiskey
- 1 Tablespoon crushed pineapple
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- In a medium saucepan, add the water, pineapple juice, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, and brown sugar over medium/high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce the heat until mixture is just simmering.
- Add the minced garlic (OR if you're roasting your own garlic, over the saucepan, squeeze the sides of the head of garlic until the pasty roasted garlic comes out). Whisk to combine.
- Add remaining ingredients to the pan and stir.
- Let the mixture simmer for 40-50 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by about half and is thick and syrupy. Don't let it boil over.
Adapted from Insider's Recipes for Brand Name Foods
Instructions for roasting your own garlic is above.
Photos updated May 25, 2017