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Jack Daniel’s Ribs (TGI Friday Copycat)

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

Tender baby back ribs basted with a sweet whiskey infused sauce with just a little heat.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 1 hour 35 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour 50 minutes


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
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: gameday, pork

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

  1. 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.

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  3. 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.

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  5. 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!

  6. Bibs @ Tasteometer

    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.

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

  8. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    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! 😀

  9. Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes

    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!

  10. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    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.

  11. 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!

  12. Yum!! They look delicious Christen, I love ribs 🙂

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

  13. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

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

  14. 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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