Any commerical rubs that come close to this?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by mummel, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    I used to really like the TGI Friday's ribs (havent been in years, but I remember them being great). 

    I looked up their recipe for their rub:
    • 1½ teaspoons paprika
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
    • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
    • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    • ½ teaspoon onion powder
    • ¼ teaspoon celery salt
    • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
    They also have a sauce:
    • 1 head garlic
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • ½ cup water
    • 1 cup pineapple juice
    • ¼ cup teriyaki sauce
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 1⅓ cups dark brown sugar
    • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
    • ¼ cup finely minced white onion
    • 2 tablespoon's Jack Daniel's whiskey
    • 1 heaping tablespoon crushed pineapple
    • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    Any commercial rubs and sauces I can look at to try and replicate?  TY guys.
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  2. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Looking at the ingredients, my pallet probably craves sweet, tangy & spicey (brown sugar, pineapple, terriyaki etc). 
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2015
  3. tom02

    tom02 Fire Starter

    Killer hogs rub is very good so is sweet rub o'mine. I've tried the three little pigs rub but I thought it was a little salty
  4. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I remember TGI Fridays ribs as being very poor, they were heavily sauced with the commercial Jack Daniels BBQ sauce, which I believe is a tomato based sauce. I could not distinguish any flavor from a rub. I remember them as being mostly bone and not much meat.
  5. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    what is tgi fridays?
  6. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    What's next the outhouse steak place?
  7. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  8. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    We used to go a lot maybe ~6 years ago.  We stopped going because of exactly what you describe.  I think they changed the quality of the meat (the sauces/flavor remained the same, but the ribs had less meat on them and were less juicy).  I can still remember the how good the original ones were.  We havent been back since.  I'm going to try and replicate this recipe.  The bourbon addition sounds fricken fantastic.   
  9. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    No TGIFridays around here...thankfully.
  10. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Well TGF Hooters.
  11. Memories have ways of playing tricks on you.  I think once you start making your own ribs it's nearly impossible to enjoy them from most restaurants, especially chains(unless you're in a BBQ Mecca, and I see that you are not, me either.).  That rub certainly looks like it will work though, why not just mix it up yourself?  I think even the sauce will work if you make it yourself, tweak it to taste, and apply it sparingly.   
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2015
  12. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    They closed a while back. May have reopened under a new name. Place is close to 50 miles from us...
  13. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Although I'm no longer a fan of TGI Fridays, we have several here locally.  We used to enjoy their food and their bar, but the owner of several local TGI Friday franchises wasn't paying his taxes and got shut down.  Bankruptcy was involved too.  They reopened in the last couple years under a different owner.  We went once; no need to go back.

    Thanks to the OP for posting the recipes above.  I literally woke up this morning dreaming about making a BBQ sauce (nah, I'm not addicted) due to one locally produced commercial brand we tried this past weekend.  I woke up, walked straight to the computer, and concocted a recipe to try and duplicate the commercial Apple Cinnamon BBQ Sauce we used and loved on SLCs.  That sauce recipe above, though a little sweet for my tastes, has potential too with some changes! 
  14. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Sorry just trying to be funny in my super cynical way. lol I don't get out much.
  15. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Some folks are a bit lacking in the sense of humor department.
  16. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    A buddy of mine visited Austin TX and went to some BBQ joint there.  He said he was in heaven.  Us guys up in the NE are missing a lot.  I dont know why its not more part of the culture here.  It's gotta be the 7 months of winter we have.  Less time for the outdoors.....
  17. smokin218r

    smokin218r Smoking Fanatic

    I use JD's Bloody Mary Mix as a starter for my rub. Looks like most of the ingredients you were looking for.

    I do 1/4 cup bloody mix to 1 cup brown sugar. Good on its own, but I like to add a little extra garlic powder, paprika, nutmeg and mustard powder.

    Here are the ingredients of the bloody mix:

    You can order on line, I found it at a street fair near me.
    By the way, makes a good Bloody Mary as well.....
  18. smokin218r

    smokin218r Smoking Fanatic

    I forgot to mention that it has a nice bite to it.

    Spicy with a bit of sweet.
  19. matchew

    matchew Smoke Blower

    since you have the recipe why not make it yourself?

    Ok, now I see you said you will.
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2015

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