Jack Daniel's Rib Glaze

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 3 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
338 Calories
1g Fat
77g Carbs
12g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3
Amount per serving
Calories 338
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 6185mg 269%
Total Carbohydrate 77g 28%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 12g
Calcium 127mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This Jack Daniel's rib glaze is a sweet and sticky sauce to be applied to ribs, whether grilled or smoked, shortly before they are finished. If you make the rib glaze one to two days in advance, the flavors will have more time to blend together.

This sauce is high in sugar content and sugar can burn at higher grill temperatures. Applying it at the end of the cooking process keeps the sugar in the sauce from burning as it forms a rich glaze over the surface of the meat. Feel free to serve some extra on the side, but be sure to warn any guests who wish to avoid alcohol.

Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey was first distilled over 150 years ago and is produced in Lynchburg, Tennessee. It is filtered through charcoal and aged in charred oak barrels, lending it a smoky quality. The company also makes its own line of bottled barbecue sauces, including a barbecue glaze and a honey barbecue glaze (made with their Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey Liqueur).


  • 1 cup / 240 milliliters Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey
  • 1 cup / 240 milliliters ketchup
  • 1/2 cup / 120 milliliters sugar (dark brown)
  • 1/4 cup / 60 milliliters vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon / 15 milliliters lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons / 10 milliliters Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon / 2.5 milliliters dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon / 2.5 milliliters salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon / 2.5 milliliters black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the ingredients and mix well.

  3. Simmer over medium-low heat for 20 minutes, stirring often. Reduce heat to low if needed. Make sure to keep a close eye on this sauce as it cooks. The sauce should be thick by the end of simmering.

  4. Remove the sauce from the heat and allow it to cool completely for about 15 to 20 minutes.

  5. Use immediately after cooling or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to seven days after preparation. Warm the refrigerated sauce on the stovetop for a few minutes before using. Apply to grilled or smoked ribs as desired.

Alcohol Content Concerns

While simmering the sauce for 20 minutes will reduce the alcohol content, it will still retain about 40 percent of the alcohol originally in the whiskey. When you use it to glaze the ribs, most of the remaining alcohol should be evaporated.

If you are serving the rib glaze as a side sauce, it will still have some alcohol. If you are serving anyone who does not wish to be exposed to any alcohol (those in recovery from an alcohol use disorder, pregnant women, those with religious restrictions), provide an alternative sauce. If you are taking the glaze to a gathering as a side sauce, provide a label showing it is a whiskey sauce and contains alcohol.

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