Welcome to my Jack Daniel’s Ribs recipe guide. This is a recipe that everyone should know how to make! If you’re a ribs lover and want something new and exciting in your BBQ collection, this recipe is just what you need.
Now, I know most of us have had ribs at one point or another, but trust me when I say that Jack Daniel’s Ribs are in a league of their own. These delicious ribs are infused with the iconic whiskey flavor that Jack Daniel’s is renowned for. They’re a perfect blend of sweet and savory with the kiss of Jack Daniels’s signature sauce.
I first tried these ribs at TGI Friday’s restaurant and fell in love instantly. I knew I had to recreate this iconic dish at home using my favorite ingredients such as baby back ribs, dark brown sugar, pineapple juice and Jack Daniel’s Whiskey. Here, I’ll walk you through a step-by-step guide to help you make the best Jack Daniels’ Ribs ever!
This recipe may seem daunting at first, but don’t worry- with practice and attention to detail, you’ll become an expert in no time. So grab your ingredients and let’s get started on grilling up some mouth-watering barbecue ribs!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you a fan of meaty, tender, and succulent ribs? If so, then you’re in for a treat with this Jack Daniel’s Ribs recipe! This recipe is like no other; it’s got that perfect combination of sweet and spicy flavors that are sure to make your taste buds jump with joy.
The Jack Daniel’s sauce, made from its signature whiskey, gives the ribs a smokey flavor that is truly unique. It’s a sauce that has been perfected over time to create just the right blend of ingredients that make these ribs simply irresistible.
You’ll fall in love with this recipe because of the care and dedication that goes into preparing and cooking it. It takes patience, skill, and attention to detail to get the ribs just right. But trust us, once you take your first bite, all your efforts will be worth it!
These Jack Daniel’s Ribs are also great for any occasion. Whether you’re having a summer BBQ or hosting a dinner party, they’re a crowd-pleaser that will have everyone talking about them for weeks to come. So don’t hesitate to impress your friends and family with this delicious recipe.
In short, this recipe is perfect for anyone who loves flavorful ribs that are juicy and fall-off-the-bone tender. The Jack Daniel’s sauce adds an extra dimension to the dish and is sure to take it over the top. You’ll be hooked after just one bite!
Gather the following ingredients for the Jack Daniel’s Ribs Recipe:
- Baby back ribs (2 racks)
- Salt (1 tsp)
- Pepper (1 tsp)
- Garlic powder (1 tsp)
- Onion powder (1 tsp)
- Chili powder (1 tsp)
Jack Daniel’s Glaze:
- Jack Daniel Whiskey(½ cup)
- Soy sauce(⅔ cup)
- Pineapple juice(⅔ cup)
- Brown sugar(¼ cup)
- Teriyaki sauce(¼ cup)
- BBQ sauce(1 ½ cup), preferably using Homemade Barbecue Sauce or Sweet Baby Ray’s
- Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey(1 cup)
Optional Rub Add-ons:
- Dark brown sugar(¾ cup)
- Paprika(1 tbsp.)
- Cumin(2 tbsp.)
- Cayenne pepper(2 tbsp.)
Note: These ingredients are good for four people. Don’t forget to double them when cooking for a group.
The Recipe How-To
Now that we know what ingredients we need, it’s time for the fun part – the recipe how-to! This Jack Daniel’s Ribs Recipe is easy to make and sure to be a hit at your next BBQ.
Step 1: Rub the Ribs
The first step in making these delicious ribs is to prepare them with a rub. In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of pepper, 1 tablespoon of onion powder, 1 tablespoon of garlic powder, and 1 tablespoon of chili powder. Once mixed, rub the seasoning onto both sides of the ribs. Make sure to get into all the nooks and crannies for maximum flavor.
Step 2: Prepare the Jack Daniel’s Glaze
Next up is preparing the Jack Daniel’s glaze. Combine 1 cup of dark brown sugar, ⅔ cup of soy sauce, ⅔ cup of pineapple juice, ¼ cup of water, and ½ cup of Jack Daniel’s whiskey in a saucepan. Stir everything together over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Let simmer for 20 minutes until thickened.
Step 3: Cook the Ribs
Fire up the grill and bring it up to a temperature of about 225°F. For best results, use indirect cooking by placing the ribs on one side of the grill with no direct flame underneath. Close the lid and let cook for 4-5 hours or until fully cooked and tender.
Step 4: Baste with Sauce
After about 3 hours, start basting the ribs with the Jack Daniel’s glaze every 30 minutes until they are done cooking. This will give them a sticky caramelized finish that will melt in your mouth.
And that’s it! You are now ready to enjoy some finger-licking good Jack Daniel’s Ribs! Don’t forget to brush on some extra glaze right before taking them off the grill for optimal flavor.
Substitutions and Variations
When it comes to barbecue, there are countless variations and substitutions you can make to suit your taste. Here are some ideas to help you customize your Jack Daniel’s Ribs recipe.
Firstly, for those looking for a healthier option, you can opt for leaner cuts of meat such as spare ribs or short ribs instead of baby back ribs. You can also use turkey or pork boneless loins as an alternative.
If you prefer a sweeter flavor in your barbecue, you can add additional brown sugar or even honey to the recipe. For those who enjoy tangy flavors, try adding some lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to the barbecue sauce. Additionally, if you want a smokier taste, you could try using smoked paprika powder.
For those who love whiskey, but not necessarily the strong flavor in their food, there are options too. To tone down the whiskey flavor in the glaze recipe, reduce the amount of Jack Daniel’s and replace it with brown sugar or another sweetener.
If you’re feeling adventurous and crave something different from this classic recipe, try experimenting with other glazes like Coca-Cola or Dr Pepper instead of pineapple juice. Teriyaki sauce can also be a great choice as a marinade for an Asian-inspired twist.
For those without access to an indoor stove top or outdoor grill setup, you could prepare this recipe on a pellet smoker grill instead. There are plenty of guides available online that explain how to properly prepare your pellet smoker grill for indirect cooking.
By experimenting with these substitutions and variations while preparing the Jack Daniel’s Ribs recipe, every bite is sure to leave your tastebuds craving for more!
Serving and Pairing
The succulent and mouthwatering Jack Daniel’s ribs are best served hot off the grill. As they come straight off the grill, you can dunk them into the thick layer of BBQ sauce that they have been glazed with, and watch as the sauce explodes onto your taste buds with a perfect balance of sweet and smoky flavors. The richness of the sauce adds to the fall-off-the-bone texture of the baby back ribs.
These delicious ribs pair perfectly with a variety of side dishes that complement their rich flavors. You may opt for traditional barbecue sides such as potato salad or coleslaw, but branching out to more unique sides like grilled pineapple or mac and cheese can add extra flavor dimensions to your meal.
To quench your thirst alongside these Sticky Jack Daniel’s Ribs, you might pour yourself an ice-cold beer to cut through the richness of the barbecue sauce. Other refreshing beverage options include sweet tea or even lemonade spiked with a dash of bourbon or whiskey that will complement the smoky flavors of these delicious ribs.
Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or a casual dinner party, serve up these mouthwatering Jack Daniel’s ribs and let your guests enjoy the burst of flavors in every bite. Their finger-licking goodness is sure to leave everyone full and satisfied, hankering for another taste until their next plateful comes around!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Preparing Jack Daniel’s Ribs Recipe can be time-consuming, but thankfully, we have some tips on make-ahead, storing and reheating that can save you some prep time while maintaining the deliciousness of the dish!
If you want to make this recipe ahead of time, you can follow the steps until just before grilling. After marinating the ribs in Jack Daniels sauce, wrap them tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before grilling them. Allow the ribs to come to room temperature before putting them on the grill.
You can also store leftover cooked ribs properly and enjoy them later. First, separate the meat from the bones and place it in an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. To reheat, you can use either a microwave or an oven. If using a microwave, cover your dish with a damp paper towel and heat for 30 seconds at a time until the meat is hot enough. Alternatively, you can reheat the ribs in a preheated oven at 325°F for about 15-20 minutes.
However, if you’re planning on making this recipe ahead of time and want to have those smoky flavors intact, then reheating ribs is not recommended as it may cause them to dry out.
Another tip we suggest is basting your ribs with extra barbecue sauce as needed when reheating them, thus keeping your ribs moist and enhancing their flavors.
Whether you are making these ribs for family dinner or entertaining guests at your next barbecue party, proper make-ahead, storing and reheating techniques will always help maximize their flavor and ensure they remain perfectly tender when it’s time to serve!
Tips for Perfect Results
If you want to achieve fall-off-the-bone, sticky and flavorful Jack Daniel’s Ribs, follow these tips for perfect results.
Firstly, remove the membrane from the bone side of the ribs. This will allow the seasonings and barbecue sauce to penetrate the meat better. To do so, take a butter knife to gently lift a corner of the membrane and use your fingers to peel it off completely.
Secondly, apply the dry rub generously and massage it into the meat. A mix of salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and chili powder works best for this recipe. Let it rest for at least an hour in the fridge before grilling.
Thirdly, grill indirectly over low heat for several hours until tender. It’s important to keep the temperature consistent between 225-250°F by adjusting your vents or burners. Use apple or hickory wood chips to impart a smoky flavor to your ribs.
Fourthly, baste your ribs with TGI Friday’s Jack Daniel’s Sauce every 30 minutes during cooking. This will help keep them moist and add more flavor.
Fifthly, use a meat thermometer to ensure that your ribs reach an internal temperature of 190-203°F for fall-off-the-bone tenderness.
Sixthly, let your ribs rest for 10-15 minutes after removing them from the grill. This will allow them to reabsorb their juices and make them easier to cut.
Lastly, serve with additional barbecue sauce on the side and enjoy your finger-licking Jack Daniel’s Ribs!
As I wrap up this article, I hope I’ve convinced you to give this Jack Daniel’s Ribs recipe a try. Not only is it packed with delicious flavors, but it’s also straightforward to prepare and cook. The combination of chili powder, garlic, onion powder and dark brown sugar create a unique flavor profile that is sure to keep your taste buds begging for more. Additionally, the use of Jack Daniels BBQ sauce provides an extra layer of depth and smokiness that only enhances the taste of these ribs.
Whether you’re hosting a backyard BBQ or looking to try something new in the kitchen, this recipe is worth adding to your repertoire. And with all the substitutions and variations mentioned, there are endless ways to make it your own. So don’t hesitate to jump in and experiment with different flavor combinations.
Finally, remember that even the best recipes can fall flat without proper execution. Be sure to follow the tips for perfect results section and take your time throughout each step – from removing the membrane to creating the glaze. And most importantly, have fun with it!
Good luck on your next BBQ adventure and cheers to some finger-licking good Jack Daniel’s Ribs!
Jack Daniel’s Ribs Recipe
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
- 4 lbs pork spareribs
- 18 ounces barbecue sauce
- 2 ounces Jack Daniels Whiskey
- Heat oven to 325.
- Mix chili, garlic, onion, salt and pepper in shallow roasting pan.
- Rub spice mix on ribs and roast till tender, About 2 hours.
- Mix Jack and BBQ sauce and brush over ribs.
- Roast for 10 minute.
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Shara @The Bird BBQ
Shara loves to experiment with different flavors and techniques when it comes to BBQ. She has been perfecting her craft for years and loves hosting backyard BBQs with friends & family. She often comes up with creative recipes that her guests rave about.