Jack Daniels sauce Ahhhh $$$$$

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by topcop821, May 24, 2013.

  1. topcop821

    topcop821 Newbie

    Made a trial run of the JD sauce and it was very well like.....now the quesion....up here in the far North a bottle of JD will run about  25 bucks,,,kinda pricey to dump in a sauce.  Any ideas of what other brand would work as well?

    This is a difficult question because I dont' want to totally sacrfice the quality of the sauce but at the same time I dont'want to spend a lot of money for a rather small quantity either.

    So...advice is:
  2. miller81

    miller81 Newbie

    you could always try bushmils irish whiskey, or cheaper brand of whiskey that you like.
  4. topcop821

    topcop821 Newbie

    Only problem is::::I like Jack or course Jim might work as well.....oofta...$42 bucks. Not bad if you treat it as sippin whiskey not just your run of the mill rusty water.

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  5. You are right, The Cav never gets lost.  BTW that $42.50 is for a 1.75 liter bottle not a 750 milliliter bottle.[​IMG]
  6. My wife buys the 1.75 for about $32 a bottle a case at a time.
  7. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    As to your original question, Jim Beam is an aceptible alternative, less expensive than that good Cajun Whiskey, Jacque Daniels, but still good mash.
  8. topcop821

    topcop821 Newbie

    Checked with the local liquor guy...best substitute for Jack would be Evan Williams at $29 for the LARGE jug. Said there is very little difference in taste and has been recommended for BBQ sauce by customers.
  9. Gentlemen,

    I've picked up a lot of great smoking tips by going through the site, and when I read this thread I felt it was my duty to reply.  I've been in bourbon exploration mode for the last 8 months and topcop I hate to say it but your liquor guy did you wrong.   Ezra isn't bad for a mixed drink if you're going to overpower the flavor but it is not fine whiskey by any stretch.  It won't give you any of the flavors a good whiskey will impart to your sauce:  oakiness, toffee or vanilla notes.   If you want something that doesn't have a top shelf price I would recommend Buffalo Trace, Elijah Craig, Bulleit.  Those are all good enough to stip in my opinion, and if I won't sip it I won't put it in my sauce. 

    Jack and Jim are good brands but are most known because they've successfully been marketed.   I would put Woodford Reserve over either of them but you'll pay for it too.  Especially the double-oaked batch.

    Just FYI - Jack Daniels isn't called a bourbon because it's filtered through maple wood charcoal before it's barreled for aging but other than that it adheres to all of the bourbon rules.

    Thank you all for the contributions you've made here.   I'm smoking 30lbs each of pork shoulders and briskets for my son's high school graduation in 2 weeks and I wouldn't have felt ready to do it without all of your help.   And my friends and family have loved the trial runs the past 2 months.

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