• Jack Daniel’s Ribs (TGI Friday Copycat)

    by Christin Mahrlig on June 15, 2014

    in Main Dishes

    Jack Daniels Ribs

    With it being Father’s Day and all I thought a manly recipe was in order. And what’s more manly than gnawing meat off of bones?

    Actually with these Jack Daniel’s Ribs, a copycat of TGI Friday’s ribs, there’s not much gnawing involved. They are fall off the bone tender.

    Jack Daniels Ribs

    Ribs are a favorite of just about every dad that I’ve met. Baste on a Whiskey-flavored BBQ sauce and you’ve won major bonus points. These are some ribs that are meant to impress. Bu there’s no need to slave over a hot grill, beads of sweat dripping down your brow.

    We’ve got it easy with this recipe girls. After being rubbed with a spice mixture, the ribs slow cook in the oven, during which time they need no attention whatsoever.

    Jack Daniels Ribs

    Just a few minutes on the grill finishes them off with a nice sear and some grill marks. They don’t get basted with the sauce until they are finished to keep the sugar in the sauce from burning. They’re fully cooked by the time you grill them so no need to worry about whether or not they have been on the grill long enough.

    The sauce does take some time to make because you have to roast a head of garlic for an hour before you make it. You might want to go ahead and roast an extra head and make some garlic bread to go with the ribs. Just an idea :)

    Then the sauce takes a while to cook down and if you cook it until it gets nice and thick, there is not a whole lot of it, around 1 cup. You may want to make extra if you like your ribs really doused in sauce. With sweet flavors from pineapple and roasted garlic and a little kick from some whiskey and cayenne pepper, it is one lip smacking sauce.

    Jack Daniels Ribs

    Serve with some Buttermilk ColeslawRoot Beer Baked Beans, and Roasted Corn for a meal dad will enjoy all summer long.

    Jack Daniels Ribs

    Jack Daniels Ribs
    Tender baby back ribs basted with a sweet whiskey infused sauce with just a little heat.
    Recipe type: Main Dish
    Serves: 4
    BBQ Sauce
    • 1 head garlic
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • ½ cup water
    • 1 cup pineapple juice
    • ¼ cup teriyaki sauce
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 1⅓ cups dark brown sugar
    • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
    • ¼ cup finely minced white onion
    • 2 tablespoon's Jack Daniel's whiskey
    • 1 heaping tablespoon crushed pineapple
    • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1½ teaspoons paprika
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
    • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
    • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    • ½ teaspoon onion powder
    • ¼ teaspoon celery salt
    • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
    • 2 racks baby back ribs
    1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
    2. Cut ½-inch off of the head of garlic. Remove the outer layers of papery skin. Put the garlic in a small ramekin and drizzle with the olive oil. Cover with foil and bake 1 hour. Let cool.
    3. Meanwhile, begin cooking ribs. Mix all spices for rub together (paprika and next 7 ingredients.)Rub mixture on ribs. Place ribs on a baking tray and place in oven (use the same oven that the garlic is in) for 2½ hours.
    4. Next, make the sauce. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, pineapple juice, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, and dark brown sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to bring it down to a simmer.
    5. Squeeze 2 teaspoons of garlic out of the head of roasted garlic and add to the saucepan.
    6. Add the lemon juice, onion, whiskey, crushed pineapple, and cayenne pepper.
    7. Let sauce simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, or until reduced by half. Yield is 1 cup.
    8. Preheat grill or grill pan to high heat. Grill ribs for 3 to 4 minutes per side and then baste with sauce and serve.


    Recipe Source: adapted from Top Secret Recipes: Creating Kitchen Clones of America’s Favorite Brand-Name Foods (affiliate link)

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    { 15 comments… read them below or add one }

    Marta June 20, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    These ribs look delicious! I have my own recipe but I will be trying yours very soon! :-)


    Bill June 20, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Hi Christin, just found your blog and wanted to say hi from one southern cook to another! Your blog looks great and I look forward to exploring and see what you’re cooking!


    Bibs @ Tasteometer June 20, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Now I’m drooling (not a pretty site). We have many visitors staying with us here in Spain this year so these ribs are definitely being consumed in large quantities. Your coleslaw and beans could well be the perfect partners too, thanks for sharing.


    Kelly June 17, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Oh my goodness, I’m drooling over these ribs! They look so moist and flavorful – my husband would go nuts over these too!


    Jess @ On Sugar Mountain June 16, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I’ll take a million of these please. For reals. I haven’t had ribs in AGES and now I suddenly feel the need to make up for all the lost time with a few batches of these beautiful ribs! :D


    Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes June 16, 2014 at 11:38 am

    That BBQ sauce sounds so amazing! Those ribs OMG look soooo good!!!! Times like this I wish I wasn’t allergic, but I am so pinning these!


    Natalie @ Tastes Lovely June 16, 2014 at 10:56 am

    You have me drooling over here Christin! That sauce just sounds delicious. Totally worth the extra time of roasting the garlic and cooking down the sauce.


    Ashley June 16, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Oh man oh man would my husband love these! I don’t think I’ve made ribs since last summer! And that sauce … that looks so so good! Hope you had a great weekend!


    ela@GrayApron June 16, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Oh men, that sounds so authentic! My dad would flip out…

    ela h.


    Consuelo - Honey & Figs June 16, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Oh yum, my father would have loved these! They look so tender and delicious!


    michael June 16, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Yum!! They look delicious Christen, I love ribs :)

    Your pictures are really good, you should submit them to Fine Cooking magazine!


    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) June 16, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Now these are ribs! They look luscious, moist and tender! And don’t forget that flavor!


    Shashi June 16, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Good golly Christin – your photos are amazing – that sauce looks so fabulous – I am drooling here and I don’t even eat beef!


    Medeja June 16, 2014 at 2:40 am

    These ribs are so tempting.. Just looking at the pictures makes me so hungry!


    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes June 16, 2014 at 1:21 am

    I’d love to make baby back ribs at home! These look amazing!


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