Jack Daniel's Sauce has a deep smokey whiskey flavor and balanced sweet and salty combo. It's the perfect addition for any BBQ feast.
Jack Daniel's sauce is the ultimate sauce to have in your arsenal. It's good on ribs, pulled pork, chicken, and steak. It's probably the number one recipe request I get from family and friends who come over for dinner. Jack Daniel's sauce has a complex set of flavors. It has a smokey zing from the Jack Daniel's. It has a balanced combination of sweet and salty from the brown sugar and soy sauce. On top of all that, it is the easiest thing to whip up in minutes. Combine ingredients. Simmer. Serve.
I will say, even though the bottled BBQ sauce doesn't take up the bulk of this recipe, choose a good one. We like Sweet Baby Ray's, so that's what I'll recommend to you. Also, this is a great sauce to serve to a big crowd. Be sure to check out the option on the recipe card to increase the servings if you want to make this for 8, 12, or more people.
Jack Daniels Sauce
- ½ cup Jack Daniels Whiskey
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup bottled BBQ sauce I like Sweet Baby Rays
- ⅓ cup apple juice
- 2 tbs soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp black pepper
- In a small sauce pan combine Jack Daniels and brown sugar.
- Put on medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Let cook for two minutes to burn off alcohol.
- Add all the other ingredients. Reduce heat to meium low and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Turn off heat and let stand for a few minutes before serving.
The Back Story
This recipe was inspired by one given to me by friend Valarie, and I am forever grateful that she shared it with me. I still have her handwritten note card tucked away with my cookbooks. Valarie new that my husband, Dan, loved Jack Daniel's. It had been his drink of choice for many years, until he moved on to other kinds of bourbon. Valarie and I worked together at Costco and were foodie buddies who loved to watch the Food Network on our lunch break and share recipes. That was probably my favorite time at Costco, working closely with her and some other good friends.
Even though I loved the original version, I decided to simplify it. Not that the original was difficult, it just involved a few more ingredients and chopping an onion versus onion powder. Most of the time, quick and simple wins in my kitchen. I hope you like this as much as I do!