T.G.I. Friday's Jack Daniels Sauce


This Jack Daniels BBQ sauce recipe is one of the most scrumptious sauces you will ever taste, and it's great on just about any meat. Introduced in April 1997, this sweet-and-slightly-spicy grill glaze is one of Friday's best-selling items. This versatile sauce can be ordered on salmon, baby back ribs, steak, chicken, pork chops, and even chicken wings.

mid angle looking at a bowl of jack daniels sauce with a brush-full coming out
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins
1 cup


  • 1 head garlic

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 ⅓ cups dark brown sugar

  • 1 cup pineapple juice

  • cup water

  • ¼ cup teriyaki sauce

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 3 tablespoons minced white onion

  • 1 tablespoon bourbon whiskey

  • 1 tablespoon crushed pineapple

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  2. Cut about 1/2-inch off top of garlic head. Trim root, so garlic sits flat. Remove outer layers of papery skin, leaving enough so cloves remain intact. Place garlic into a small baking dish, drizzle olive oil on top, and cover with a lid or aluminum foil.

  3. Roast garlic in the preheated oven until cloves are soft and fragrant, about 1 hour.

  4. Stir brown sugar, pineapple juice, water, teriyaki sauce, and soy sauce together in a saucepan and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and keep at a simmer.

  5. Squeeze sides of garlic until pasty roasted garlic emerges. Measure 2 teaspoons roasted garlic into the saucepan and whisk until incorporated. Reserve remaining roasted garlic for another use.

  6. Stir lemon juice, onion, bourbon whiskey, pineapple, and cayenne pepper into sauce. Bring to a simmer and cook until liquid reduces by half and turns thick and syrup-like, 40 to 50 minutes.


When grilling, be sure to apply the sauce just before taking the meat off the flame; the sauce has a lot of sugar and can quickly burn. Don't forget to serve extra sauce on the side.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

152 Calories
2g Fat
33g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 152
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 467mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 8mg 42%
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 142mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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