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TGI Friday’s Jack Daniel’s Dipping Sauce, you can make our version of this recipe at home.

We were a little surprised by the complexity of this sauce. It’s not really sweet. It does compliment meat flavors very well. We are also amazed at how sparingly TGI Friday’s serves their sauces. You get a tiny little cup of it, and if you want more, you have to pay more. The wonderful part of our version of this recipe is you can make it in a large quantity and use it to cook beef or chicken on the grill or to dip your favorite foods into.
Jack Daniels Grill Glaze

TGI Friday’s Jack Daniel Dipping Sauce

TGI Friday’s Jack Daniel’s Dipping Sauce

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  • Recipe Type: Copycat Restaurant Recipes, CopyKat Recipes, Dips/Sauces
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Serves: 4

This sauce is great with chicken fingers or crispy deep-fried chicken breast strips.


  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup white grape juice
  • 1/2 cup Jack Daniel’s Black Label Whiskey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce


Place the ingredients in a saucepan in the order listed. Stir after adding each ingredient. Place on medium heat and stir until it reaches a boil. Turn the heat down to low until the sauce is on a slow simmer. Cook for 35 to 45 minutes. The sauce will have reduced in volume by one-fourth to one-third.

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  • ryan

    Just made this sauce and it is almost exactly like the restaurant. Little less brown sugar next time and it will be spot on. And it is onions in the original people.

  • Jayme

    You can buy this in the UK and other European countries. It’s called Jack Daniel’s Smokey Sweet Barbecue Glaze. Here are the ingredients: Sugar, Water, Soy Sauce (contains Water,Soyabean, Salt, Wheatflour, Sugar, Colour: Caramel,Preservative: Potassium Sorbate), Concentrated PineappleJuice, Dextrose, Cider Vinegar, Molasses, ConcentratedOrange Juice, Modified Cornflour, Jack Daniels Whisky ®(1%), Colour: Ammonia Caramel, Garlic Purée, OnionPurée, Whisky Flavour, Concentrated Onions, Stabiliser:Xanthan Gum, Smoke Flavour, Chilli Powder. Contains:Soya, Wheat, Gluten.

  • Rara

    I work at Fridays. It’s not pineapple or onion. It’s PEOPLE!!!

  • Guest

    I love this sauce! I’m not sure how it’s really suppose to taste. I put this on almost everything! I use it as a gravy and poor it onto my mashed potatoes!

  • Ege


    I finally tried this sauce at home tonight, bought a bottle of Jack and all the other ingredients… Used it on a contre fillet with basil and parmesan cheese mashed potatoes As a huge fan of this sauce, I have some important comments, so here we go:

    – First of all, the density of the sauce is incredible. While cooking I was afraid it will be too liquid, but in the end of 35th minute, it ended up pretty amazing:) I am actually curious, what ingredient makes it more solid by cooking?

    – About the taste, I think the sauce is TOO sweet. And it is not chilly enough. Also missing a little bit of sourness.

    – From my experiences in Friday’s restaurants, I think the sauce has something like apricot, peach or pineapple. And maybe a pinch of lemon juice. Also I think something like ginger gives it a more chilly flavour.

    I’m gonna attach a picture of my art, thanks anyway, the sauce made my night:) But please consider this a feedback and do something about it 😀

    Hugs from Turkey;)

    • shedizzy

      I made some of this tonight to dip turkey in for thanksgiving and mine came out identical… except I have no idea how to replicate what I did. I tripled the recipe and didn’t have any teriyaki sauce on hand so I looked up a recipe for teriyaki sauce and just free hand dump the ingredients in I used quite a bit of red cooking wine and worchestershire sauce only a tsp of tabasco sauce. only a large splash of soy sauce but no where near a cup. i’d say maybe 4 or 5 tbsp. I added about a table spoon of ginger and a little less garlic salt plus about 4 tbsp. of sesame seed oil. I also used half a bottle of dehydrated onion because I was pressed on time and didn’t want to chop. and last but not least I did use a whole bag of dark brown sugar with at least 2 cups water plus a half cup jack daniels maybe a little more but not a full cup or even 3/4… all in all how I don’t know, but it came out identical… except because I slopped everything together, doubt I can do it again. I just got lucky. p.s I made 3- 8 oz jars for 5 dollars… I called Fridays you can buy it in the back for a dollar an oz.. it comes in a 30 oz bag. the cashier told me 30 plus tax.

  • Thewoodards84

    I gotta try this. It’s yum.

  • Toria

    The only bit that makes no sense to me is the use of both soy and teriyaki.
    Teriyaki is 3 parts soy, 2 parts mirrin 1 part sake.
    Is it made this way to avoid having to cook off the sake?

  • http://google Carlos

    Just any kind of white grape juice? and the 1/2 cup of jack daniels is that the whiskey?

  • pbcrackers

    I specifically taste molasses in their bbq sauce.

    • Jazzyjoslynn

      I know I also taste the molasses in the sauce

  • mcmutt

    I made it easier by mixing 1 bottle of Bullseye Old West Hickory bbq sauce, 1/2 c molasses, 1/2 oz Jack Daniel’s, add in the diced onion, simmer for 1/2 hr & voila!!

  • anyon

    i work at tgi as well and its definitely onion in our sauce not pineapple

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been looking for this recipe.

  • Toya

    I work at TGI Friday’s and it is pineapple in the sauce, not onions!

    • Tommy

      No it’s not…..

  • http://Website(optional) Litoralis

    Read many variations of the Sauce and or glaze, but a identical match is difficult.
    Try this, it comes close and is a time saver.
    3/4 c KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce
    1 tbsp Honey
    1 oz Jack (or to taste)

    Add a little hot water for thinner sauce
    Heat to enhance flavor

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    how long does the sauce keep for?

    • Stephanie

      A week is the longest I would keep the sauce.

  • Phil B

    There was an older Copy Cat recipe that used Pineapple juice rather than the grape juice. TGIF makes it that way. Much better.

  • Carriem

    This is a great copycat. My husband said its better than TGI’s even. The secret is to let it simmer about twice as long as recommended and it’s even better if it cools in your fridge for a couple of days. A definite yes. I love this sauce and so does company!

  • linda

    Has anyone tried this? I really love this sauce at TGI’S & would love to be able to make the real thing at home!

    • admin

      I have tried this recipe 😉 We thought it was good enough to put online. I love finally being able to have “enough” of this sauce to really enjoy.