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I've recently come across the recipe to make one of my favorite glazes, "Jack Daniels Glaze" from T.G.I. Fridays and am close to perfecting it. The only issue I'm currently facing is that in order to get it to the thick consistency I want, I have to reduce down it to 1/4 of what I started with. For example, I started with 8 cups of water and end up with 2 with my heat on medium high for about an hour. I've tried this on something as simple as a run of the mil pot to my higher end copper core All-Clad sauce pan both yielding the same results. What's the key to making large batches of my sauce? Do I need even more water? Note that I've tried high and low heat. Here are my ingredients:

  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 of a yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup Jack Daniels Whiskey
  • 2 cloves of roasted garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablesppon of crushed pineapple

Original Recipe: https://hostthetoast.com/jack-daniels-burgers-t-g-i-fridays-copycat-recipe/

  • Does the recipe say how much it's supposed to make? – Kat Jul 30 '20 at 22:08
  • Yes but it's in the context of a single serving. My intention is to make a large enough batch for later use. Here's the link to the original recipe: hostthetoast.com/… – Carl Edwards Jul 30 '20 at 22:15
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Follow the recipe and increase everything by the same proportion if you want to make more instead of just adding more water. You've octupled the water but kept everything else about the same. Of course you'll have to boil off all that extra water before the consistency is correct. If you had a recipe for a gallon of lemonade but wanted two gallons, would you add an extra gallon of water to the original recipe and expect it to taste the same? Or would you add more lemon and sugar in addition to the extra water to keep the flavor the same? Same thing here, adding more water will water it down, you need to increase everything to increase the yield and keep the consistency the same as the original.

Interestingly that page even has a button to scale up the recipe. Click it and you'll see it does exactly what I say here: it doubles or triples all ingredients.

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The problem is not that you need more water, but you need less to start. There's water in the teriyaki sauce, water in the soy, and water in the whiskey, and you're adding 8 more cups too that. When you cook the sauce down you are evaporating water out of it until you have the consistency and intensity of flavor you want, you could start with half the water in that recipe and get to the same place a lot sooner. You may find 2 cups of water rather than eight is just fine, you'll work that out by making a batch or two.

I don't know why the recipe you found has so much water. It's possible the person who put it together liked it runny rather than sticky, or perhaps they just didn't have the balance right, but the answer you are looking for is adding less water. You'll still want to cook it down as you want the flavors to develop, just not as long. You'll still end up with 2 cups though, so if you want more you just need to multiply the ingredients to the figure you want.

  • I see. So if I wanted say, 4 cups, would I double the liquid ingredients of the recipe (minus the water)? – Carl Edwards Jul 30 '20 at 22:37
  • Yes, exactly right. – GdD Jul 31 '20 at 7:04
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    @CarlEdwards And the other ingredients, too! Not just the liquid ingredients. In order to double output without diluting the flavor, you need to double the recipe. Water, on the other hand, is generally not a very useful ingredient. Especially not eight cups of it. – Onyz Jul 31 '20 at 11:28

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