Jack Daniel’s Ribs (TGI Friday Copycat)

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Fall off the bone tender Jack Daniel’s Ribs are slow-cooked in the oven and finished off on the grill. Basted with a sweet and spicy whiskey-spiked sauce.


Brushing sauce on 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.

Ribs on a cutting board with bowl of sauce.


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.


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.


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

Jack Daniels Ribs on a cutting board.


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Brushing sauce on Jack Daniels Ribs

Jack Daniels Ribs

Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: gameday, pork
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 635kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Tender baby back ribs basted with a sweet whiskey infused sauce with just a little heat.
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BBQ Sauce

  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 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
  • 1/4 cup finely minced white onion
  • 2 tablespoons Jack Daniel's whiskey
  • 1 heaping tablespoon crushed pineapple
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 racks baby back ribs


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Cut 1/2-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.
  • 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 2 1/2 hours.
  • 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.
  • Squeeze 2 teaspoons of garlic out of the head of roasted garlic and add to the saucepan.
  • Add the lemon juice, onion, whiskey, crushed pineapple, and cayenne pepper.
  • Let sauce simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, or until reduced by half. Yield is 1 cup.
  • Preheat grill or grill pan to high heat. Grill ribs for 3 to 4 minutes per side and then baste with sauce and serve.


Calories: 635kcal

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

Originally published June 15, 2014

These Ribs go great with Corn on the Cob!

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29 thoughts on “Jack Daniel’s Ribs (TGI Friday Copycat)

  1. the recipe is good, it is missing something in the texture. I added in addition to the 1 1/3 brown sugar;
    1 1/3 cup of golden syrup….and it was bang on. I could not tell the difference

  2. Making them tonight and also added chicken wings to the mix . I will let you know. I also think you need to double up on the receipt.

  3. About to make these for the second time in two weeks. Love the ribs, they taste just like TGI. I doubled the ingredients for two rack of ribs but don’t overdo the celery salt. I also rubbed the ribs in BBQ sauce first and simmered the sauce for 1hour 30minutes

  4. Made this recipe last weekend. I made one rack of ribs instead of two, and I would say if you’re making two, you should at least triple the rub quantities. I had barely enough rub to cover my one rack. Also, the sauce took more like two hours two reduce down to 1 cup of liquid. Otherwise, these were tasty. I’d make them again with the above caveats.

  5. I made these ribs last night, they came out great, fall off the bone great and the sauce was fantastic just like Friday’s. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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!

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

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