One Year Ago:  Chole (Spicy Indian Chickpeas)

Two Years Ago:  Banoffee Pie

T.G.I. Fridays is not exactly fine dining, but there are some items on the menu that my family loves.  We enjoy the fried green beans and the spinach artichoke dip, but my favorite thing on their menu is just about anything with their Jack Daniels sauce.  It’s sweet and sticky and turns ordinary meat into a exceptional treat.

This copycat recipe tastes (to me) pretty much exactly like the Jack Daniels sauce at T.G.I.Fridays.  I’ve used it as a hot dog topping, on burgers, and of course on ribs (slather it on the ribs, cover with foil, bake at 350 for an hour, take off the foil, slather with more sauce, bake uncovered 30 minutes, slather with more sauce, bake another  20 minutes uncovered).  By the ingredients, I’m assuming it’s pretty calorie heavy, but it is a great once in a while treat.

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1 head of garlic                                        

1 tbs. olive oil                                           

2/3 cup water                                           

1 cup pineapple juice                              

¼ cup teriyaki sauce                                

1 tbs. soy sauce                                      

1 1/3 cup dark brown sugar

3 tbs. lemon juice

3 tbs. minced white onion

1 tbs. Jack Daniels (to be honest, this is probably optional)

1 tbs. crushed pineapple

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Cut about ½ inch off the top of the garlic.  Cut the roots so the garlic will sit flat.  Remove the papery skin from the garlic, but leave enough so that the cloves will stay together.  Put garlic into a small baking pan and drizzle with olive oil.  Cover with foil and bake in preheated oven for 1 hour.  Remove from oven and let cool until you can handle it.

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Combine water, pineapple juice, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. 

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Stir occasionally until mixture boils then reduce heat until mixture is simmering.

Remove roasted garlic from bulb into small bowl. 

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Measure 2 tsp. of the garlic into the saucepan and whisk to combine.  Add last 5 ingredients to the saucepan and stir.

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Let mixture simmer 45-50 minutes until sauce is reduced by ½ and the mixture is thick and syrupy.  Make sure it doesn’t boil over.

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Makes about 1 cup of glaze.

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There have been times I’ve doubled the recipe to get two uses out of it.  It keeps very well in the fridge.  Below, I have it atop a nice natural casing frank on a New England style hot dog roll.

Hot Dog with TGIF Sauce

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Thanks so much for stopping by.  It does my heart good to know there are people who gain some enjoyment from reading and (better yet) trying these recipes.  I’m happy to pass on a little bit of joy.  God has passed a whole lot of joy on to me and I want to follow His example.

Have a great week!