Jack Daniels Dipping Sauce

"This is a very close reproduction of TGI Friday's Jack Daniels Sauce. When I find a restaurant food item that I particularly like, I try to reproduce it the best that I can, so I can enjoy it at home. A lot of my recipes that I post are of those items. When I make this sauce I make several jars and hot water can them so I can have some at hand. My grand kids love this sauce on hot wings ( I bake the wings and have several types of sauces for them to choose from). This sauce takes some preparation but is well worth it."
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Ready In:
1hr 25mins
1 1/2 cups of sauce




  • Cut about 1/2 inch off tops of 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, drizzle olive oil over it and cover with lid or foil. Bake in preheated 325 degree oven for 1 hour. Remove garlic and let cool until you can handle it.
  • Combine pineapple juice, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar in a medium saucepan overr medium-high heat. Stir occasionally until mixtures boils, then reduce heat until mixture is just simmering.
  • Squeeze the sides of the garlic until the pasty roasted garlic is squeezed out. Discard remaining skin. Add this to the simmering mixture and whisk to combine.
  • Add remaining ingredients to saucepan and stir. ( I like to add just a touch more J Daniels for my taste).
  • Let mixture simmer for 25-30 minutes or until sauce has been reduced by about 1/3 and is thick and syrupy. Make sure it doesn't boil over.
  • Serve warm with ribs, chicken or shrimp.

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  1. Very good but a couple tips. This recipe calls for WAY too much garlic unless it is supposed to be cloves instead of heads. I used around 4-6 cloves depending on their size. Also, I hate the crunchy texture of onion. What I loved about the real dipping sauce is how gooey and carmelized the onions are. Even simmering the sauce for an hour still leaves crunchy onions. If you're like me, slice your onions (not finely diced) and caramelize them before adding them to the sauce. You can do this in a pan on medium low heat with a tbsp of olive oil when the garlic roasts and then dice after they are a nice brown (not burned) color. Then add them at the same step the recipe calls for so they simmer and break down further. Yes it does take a while to brown but worth it to me! This resulted in as close to an exact replica to the original I've ever tried and I've tried 5 different recipes.
  2. Yes this is good. It's the exact same recipe I've been using for years. I found it on a copykat web site after eating at Fridays and loving the sauce. I don't go through the trouble of roasting the garlic, I just buy the teriyaki sauce with garlic already in it.
  3. This is a Fantastic sauce! The flavor very closely resembles the TGI Friday's version but I honestly believe its better. This sauce is great on both chicken and pork ribs. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for the Great recipe!
  4. Fantastic sauce is all I can say.My son said I'd better contact TGIF's and sell them this recipe.I fried chicken and put it in the sauce for about hour simmering and the chicken fell apart.The taste was unbelevable.As close to the real deal as your're going to get.


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