Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey BBQ Sauce - Feeding Larry Pt. 1

This last weekend we were thrilled to have Larry, the Big Dude of Big Dude's Eclectic Rambling Blog stop in our little corner of the universe for a few days.  Larry, Bev his wife, Pat his Sister -in-Law, Madison his Grand Daughter and 4 dogs (yes, everyone gets their own dog) have been RVing across the country for a couple of months.  His blog is worth a look just for all the scenery he has posted along the way.  After about 4,000 miles he pulled into the Cul-de-Sac on his way home.

Jackie and I played host and tour guide, with an old fashioned Western Rodeo (how that cowboy jumped up after that 1500 pound bull landed on him we will never know), Jackie took the girls shopping and Larry and I got caught up on Kansas City's favorite native son, Harry Truman.  But in between all the touring and shows, we threw a back yard BBQ Whoop de Doo for a little over a dozen of our closest friends.

We enjoyed some of the best Turkey of my cooking life (come back tomorrow), a nice hunk of Beef for a thirty garlic roast (later this week), A beautiful sugar cured Salmon with a Cranberry sauce (even later this week) and some pork Baby Back Ribs glazed with this Jack Daniel's Whiskey BBQ sauce.  Plus sides and desserts, I am pretty sure no one left hungry.  But at the least it was a joy to watch my good blogging buddy fit right in with my neighbors, friends and family... It was indeed a Whoop de Doo!

Feeding Larry... I highly recommend you giving it a shot whenever the rolling studio apartment comes close to your town!

I am pretty sure I have a half a month's worth of posts from feeding Larry.  Just keep coming back daily.  I am starting with a new BBQ sauce I made, inspired by our visiting friends from Tennessee.  It is a pretty spicy delicious and beautifully dark colored sauce/glaze using some good old Tennessee whisky.  And when you think Tennessee Whisky, you MUST think Jack Daniels.  Most of the recipe comes inspired by a copy cat recipe from TGIFriday that has been around for years.  I made a few adjustments to turn their glaze into my sauce.

As with most recipes that use booze as an ingredient, the actual alcohol cooks out so there is no one will guzzle the sauce and stumble away drunk.  But what is left is the deep rich Earthy flavor of the whiskey melding with the spices and mixings used to make the sauce... Delicious in every possible way.

There is quite a bot of sugar in the sauce, so be careful using this as a glaze. only glaze during the last 10-15 minutes of cooking time so that the sauce (and your BBQ meat) does not burn.

And of course, have a bowl of this for your guests to use as a sauce for the rest of the meal... I even added a spoonful on my mashed potatoes...

OK... Here's what I did...

Jack Daniel's 
Tennessee Whiskey 
BBQ Sauce

  • 2 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup Jack Daniel's Whiskey
  • 1 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 Cup Ketchup
  • 2 TBS Heinz 57 Steak Sauce
  • 1 TBS Sriracha Hot Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 TBS Bacon Drippings and Grease
  • 2 TBS Garlic Powder
  • 1 TBS Onion Powder
  • 1 TBS Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Chipotle Pepper Powdered Spice
  • 1 Large Pinch Cayenne Pepper Powder Spice
Cooking Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large Sauce Pan.
  2. Simmer over Medium heat, very low boil, until the sauce starts to thicken... About 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Serve with your favorite BBQ or glaze grilling meat about 5 minutes before you take the meat from the grill... And ENJOY!

This sauce is one of my "52 Small Batch Canning Ideas",  Always make up a big enough batch to last not only the Whoop de Doo, but enough to last the month...

And of course, this is being added to my Grilling Secret series...

If you liked this post, you will LOVE all the little extras I have all in one page... 52 (more actually)... 52 BBQ and Grilling Secret Extras.  You Too can become MASTER OF YOUR DOMAIN (as long as your domain is your own backyard)!  Be "That Guy" (or Gal) who does back yard open fire cooking just a bit better than the neighbors.  It is the little things that will set you apart.

52 BBQ and GRILLING SECRET EXTRAS ... If you are a once a month (or summer) griller, these recipes and techniques are for you. New and simple dishes that will make you shine. If you cook often in a complex series of grills and dedicated smokers in an outdoor kitchen, I bet I still have a few dishes you can add to your repertoire. APPETIZERS, SIDE DISHES, CONDIMENTS, MAIN DISHES and even DESSERTS To MAKE you MASTER OF YOUR DOMAIN!!!

I will be adding something new to the list (already above the 52, but still LOTS more coming).  Best way to keep up is to "follow" my 52 Grilling Time Secrets Board on Pinterest.  Anytime I have a new recipe for your grilling party I will add a pin.

Of course, I would love to have you share this idea with your friends... Show some Pinterest Love and PIN ME to your favorite site or better still onto a group site...

Thanks and I'll save a rib for you!


  1. What a fantastic get-together you & Jackie hosted to welcome Larry and his gang to the cul-de-sac. They are a lot of fun to be around and I know your party was a success. No one could possibly have gone home hungry with that spread.

  2. Wooowhee, I bet that sauce does have a spicy kick, I can't wait to try this on some ribs. It gives a great red color and glossy too.