Foodie Friday : Jack Daniel's BBQ Sauces with a BONUS RECIPE! *

Happy Friday!!

Today I am going to tell you all about this revelation in flavour, courtesy of Mr. Jack Daniels. Now, before you write this off because you're not a whiskey fan, I really urge you to just give it a try. You really will be surprised. Jack Daniel's Barbeque Sauces can be used in recipes, as well as a dipping sauce. You know these sauces are good because you need to be a proper grown-up to even get into the website... ;) haha!!

A word about alcohol content: all of the Jack Daniel's barbeque sauces contain 1% Jack Daniel's whiskey. I asked for clarification on exactly what this 1% meant, as I am very aware that some of my readership found me through my discussions about alcoholism, addiction and recovery. I'm not about to abandon you or put you at risk by throwing caution to the wind, even over 1%!!

There is 1% Jack Daniel's whiskey per total volume of sauce. This means that a 260g bottle of sauce will have 2.6g Jack Daniel's whiskey (40% vol, 80 proof). There is 0.10 units in the entire bottle.

If you are taking disulfiram aka Antabuse, you've probably already been told this a million times but I'll reiterate it now, do not use this sauce. I'm not kidding. The disulfiram reaction IS REAL and it is absolutely terrifying. If you're currently prescribed acamprosate aka Campral, you're safe to use this sauce but I would watch out for the psychological effects of consuming something with alcohol in it. If you're medication-free but a recovering from alcoholism and living in abstinence - like me ;) - then the only advice I could give is only start to dip your toe into these waters when you feel safe enough. While you might not have the disulfiram level of reaction to alcohol, our brains are hard-wired to seek out that alcohol compound. Just be careful, and don't believe the lies your brain will tell you.

Protective mothering over with. Let's talk BBQ SAUCE!

Jack Daniel's® Smooth Original Barbeque Sauce

"Our Smooth Original Barbecue Sauce has a rich caramel flavour making it ideal to add a luxury twist to a bacon or sausage butty and a rich addition to gravy."

What more can I say?! This sauce is spectacularly thick and super sticky. Dangerous words to put together on the internet, but I can't think of another way to describe it! The sauce needs a lot of encouragement to get it off your knife or spoon. I can definitely pick up on the caramel vibe, but it's absolutely not overwhelming. However, the overall flavour is incredibly strong so you don't need much at all.

My personal recommendation: try this on some grilled vegetables like corn on the cob!!

Ingredients: Water, Dextrose, Concentrated Tomato Puree,Concentrated Raisin Juice, White Wine Vinegar,Concentrated Orange Juice, Salt, Concentrated Lemon Juice,Onion Purée, Jack Daniels Whiskey ® (1%), Modified Cornflour, Colour: Ammonia Caramel, Dried Garlic, Dates,Concentrated Tamarind Extract, Whiskey Flavour, Stabiliser:Xanthan Gum, Smoke Flavour, Chilli Powder.

Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans. Suitable for Coeliacs

Jack Daniel's® Hot Pepper Steak Sauce - Limited Edition!

Vegetarians look away! I'ma talk red meat for a moment.

"Made with real Jack Daniel’s® Whiskey, this unique recipe has been specially blended with jalapeno chillies to create a sweet flavour with a punch of heat. Perfect with grilled or BBQ red meats, burgers and sausages and a great way to spice up everyday favourite foods."

Ohhhhhh my gosh. I just got Chuck Norrised in the mouth. WOW. This is a hot sauce. I absolutely love spicy foods, and this has got my cookery brain spinning with ideas. The initial experience with this sauce is one of sheer heat, but it soon calms down into a gentle sort-of simmer on your palette with a sweet honey/molasses after-taste. You can absolutely pick out the fresh jalapeno taste - and smell!! - as well as the unmistakable and unnerving background of Tabasco. Wow. I would be less inclined to use this as a 'table sauce' or dipping accompaniment, purely because it's just too raw. However, as a drizzle over your red meats - both pre and post cooking - absolutely.

My personal recommendation: use this as a marinade for your next steak!

Ingredients: Water, Brown Sugar, White Wine Vinegar, Concentrated Tomato Purée,Dextrose, Concentrated Orange Juice, Salt, Molasses, Dates, Mango Purée, Modified Cornflour, Chilli Powder, Colour: Ammonia Caramel, Tabasco Sauce (Distilled Vinegar, Jalapeño Pepper, Water, Salt, Cornstarch, Stabiliser: Xanthan Gum, Acidity Regulator: Ascorbic Acid) Jack Daniels Whisky ® (1%), Onion Purée, Garlic Purée, Stabiliser: Xanthan Gum, Concentrated Tamarind Extract, Red Chillies, Dried Ginger, Preservative: Potassium Sorbate, Spirit Vinegar.

Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans. Suitable for Coeliacs

Jack Daniel's® Extra Hot Habanero Sauce - Limited Edition!

"Made with real Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee Whiskey, this unique recipe has been specially blended with habanero chillies to create a smokey flavour with a fiery hot kick. Perfect for turning up the heat on everyday foods or adding to stir fried chicken for a Tennessee twist on fajitas."

Ok. So I take back what I said about the steak sauce. THIS is where Chuck Norris is hiding. Oh my word. You can absolutely taste the habanero and it's so fresh - read: raw chilli heat. The burn hits you like a train and doesn't really go away, but it does dull down. So with this sauce, the more you have,  the more heat you're gonna endure. I tried a little fingertips worth and that blew my head off so really be careful with this one. Less is more! 

I would be more tempted to use this as an addition to things like chilli than as a marinade. Like it's comrades, this is a very thick sauce and you need to give it a good shake before you try to encourage some out. What I love about this sauce is how calm and smokey is smells compared to the steak sauce, it really lulls you into a false sense of security! 

My personal recommendation: turn your next enchilada night into something out of this world with this sauce!

Ingredients: Water, Dextrose, Concentrated Tomato Puree, White Wine Vinegar, Concentrated Raisin Juice, Concentrated Orange Juice, Salt, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Onion Purée, Habanero Chilli Powder, Jack Daniel’s® Whisky (1%), Modified Cornflour, Colour: Ammonia Caramel, Smoke Flavour, Dried Garlic, Dates,Whiskey Flavour, Concentrated Tamarind Extract, Stabiliser:Xanthan Gum, Chilli Powder.

Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans. Suitable for Coeliacs



Here's a super-simple recipe for a steak dinner you can knock out in under 20 minutes, using our Jack Daniel's Steak Sauce

What you'll need:
  • steak! I'm using sirloin and rump in this recipe. 
  • gnocchi
  • spinach, tomatoes and mushrooms
  • coarse salt
  • ground black pepper
  • dried mixed herbs
  • 2/3 garlic cloves
  • sunflower oil
  • olive oil
  • Jack Daniel's Steak Sauce
The first job is to get your steak up to room temperature. To save on washing up I just leave them in their plastic trays on the counter.  While they're warming up, rub a little olive oil into the steaks on both sides. Never, ever, ever put oil into a pan when cooking steak!!! Now take your Jack Daniel's Steak Sauce and rub about a tablespoon into one side of the steak. I used a teaspoon, but you can get in there with your hands if you want...

The next job is to cook our gnocchi! Take a saute pan and add enough sunflower oil to just about shallow fry. I use sunflower oil due to it's high smoke point and I just prefer the flavour compared to olive oil! You're not going to actually taste oil, don't worry, it's a very subtle change in flavour I've noticed after a few years playing with this method. Once the oil is about up to temperature, crush in your garlic and immediately follow with the gnocchi. I use vacuum packed rather than fresh to avoid moisture drama - I don't like being spat on by hot oil!

Give the gnocchi a good mix in the garlic oil and add coarse salt and pepper. Continue to turn every few minutes until they have a lovely golden colour and resemble mini roast potatoes!

While you have time, prepare your tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach. I used beef tomatoes and cut them into 4 decent slices and coated them in salt and dried mixed herbs. Salt loves tomatoes so don't be shy! The mushrooms just needed the first layer peeled back and a little wash to make sure there was no grit. The spinach was just washed and served raw - it's the only way I can get the boyfriend to eat it!

By now the gnocchi should be cooked so get them out of the pan and into a dish where they can be out the way for a moment! You can't use the saute pan for the steak, sorry folks! Grab yourself a regular thin frying pan and crack on the heat to maximum. You want this pan almost smoking hot before we start cooking. Open the windows and get the extractor on. It's about to get hot. 

Before you start cooking, get your plates out for the steak and have them easily accessible. Cook one steak at a time. Despite having two different cuts of meat, I use the same 4 minute method. If you've got super skinny steaks then maybe just go for a minute a side, but everyone has their preference... 

Ok. Ready?

Put your steak into the pan with the sauced side up. Set a timer for 2 minutes and leave it. Then turn the steak and set the timer for another 2 minutes. Leave it. Times up. On the plate. BAM. 

It's noisy and get's hot, but don't be scared that you're losing control. You're not. Have faith! :)

Before you cook your next steak you'll need to wipe the pan with some kitchen roll to get rid of the sauce from the previous steak. It'll just burn and taste awful!

Let the steak rest for a good 5 minutes. Add another tablespoon of Jack Daniel's Steak Sauce and rub it in. Once the 5 minutes is up you'll have a crazy amount of juice on your plate. This is exactly what we need. Use that juice to turn your steak in a few times until it's completely coated in that incredible flavour and looks all glazed and amazing. If you want more sauce, go for it. 

Now we can quickly cook our mushrooms and tomatoes. Use the same pan as the steak, add a little fry-light to get things started with a little extra salt and pepper. Place a lid on top and leave for a few minutes. The pan will already be hot so this won't take long at all. 

We're done! 

The boyfriend was very, very happy and absolutely loved the flavour of the Jack Daniel's Steak Sauce. It adds such depth and flavour! The jalapeno spice was incredibly mild and worked perfectly. I will say I was thankful that the Tabasco seemed to vanish! 

Let me know what you think of this recipe and share your link if you've blogged about it! If you have any questions please leave a comment and I'll try and help as best I can. Have you used Jack Daniel's BBQ Sauces before? Do you have any secret cooking with BBQ sauce techniques you'd like to share? 

There will be more Jack Daniel's BBQ Sauce recipes coming, so stay tuned and hit that follow button! 


  1. Sophie Blumenthal9 May 2014 at 19:23

    Oooh that steak looks GOOD. I love this sauce, especially at TGI'S on their ribs, mmm.

    Sophie x

  2. Hehe, thank you! :) I am sworn off TGIs after a shocking experience in Cardiff... I think I'm going to give pork belly a try next with the smooth original. Eek!


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