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50 States 50 Recipes Tennessee

Our next stop on the 50 states, 50 recipes tour is;


State capital: Nashville

Largest City: Memphis

Admission to the Union: June 1st 1796, the 16th state to be admitted to the Union


Tennessee’s major industries include agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism. Poultry, soybeans, and cattle are the state’s primary agricultural products, and major manufacturing exports include chemicals, transportation equipment, and electrical equipment. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the nation’s most visited national park,  is headquartered in the eastern part of the state, and a section of the Appalachian Trail roughly follows the Tennessee-North Carolina border. Other major tourist attractions include Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis and the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. (

If ya’ll are plannin’ a trip to Tennessee be sure to check out these sites;

and of course I can’t send ya’ll to Tennessee without suggestin’ a stop here-


There are places in the United States of America ya’ll that I must say are my favorites.  Tennessee is the butt of a lot of red neck jokes, and I’ve heard them all.  But when I think on a place that stands for patriotism, good food, great music and hospitality I’d be hard pressed to find a better example than Tennessee.  When I ponder the meaning of what makes us American, the words I’d use to describe it ya’ll are the same ones I’d use to describe Tennessee.  Now I know many of ya’ll are gonna disagree with me- sayin’ it’s New York or California that truly represents America… and the diversity of those places add to the landscape of what is America.  But if I were to take a foreigner to the one place that is quintessentially America… I’d take them to Tennessee! And of course it bein’ the home of Dollywood in no way influences my admiration of Tennessee!  I LOVE YOU MISS DOLLY!

Please forgive my outburst, I’m drinking the rest of the Jack Daniel’s used in this here recipe!


Jack’s All-Purpose BBQ Glaze


½ cup Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee Whiskey

½ cup soy sauce

½ cup ketchup

1 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Makes about 2 cups

mix ingredients together
stir over medium heat until thickened, about 5 minutes


I have to apologize ya’ll for takin‘ so long to get this recipe out to ya’ll.  The Martha household has been in a state of chaos and upheaval for goin‘ on a few weeks now.  Had it not been for the Jack Daniels I might not have made it through- a little on the gums of a teethin‘ baby, a little in SGM Martha’s evening cup of decaf coffee, and a shot or two for me has helped us all keep our sanity! (Now I’m not suggestin‘ ya’ll drink as a way of avoidin‘ important issue, and if ya’ll have someone in your life who drinks excessively please understand my humor is just humor but there is nothin’ funny about alcoholism.  There is help if ya need it please don’t hesitate to ask. )


Because life in the Martha household has been so crazy I’ve been lookin’ for recipes usin’ whatever was on hand.  I’m not ashamed to say I had everything on hand!


I use this sauce often ya’ll when we’re barbecuin’.  It’s real easy to cook up and whether I’m usin’ the BBQ grill or cookin’ in in the oven I always set aside a little for dippin’.  In fact I usually double the recipe just so there is enough left over for dippin’!


Review: scale of 1-5 stars; the more stars the better

Ease of preparation: ***** nothing to it at all!

Cost of ingredients: ***** had everything in the cupboard!

Taste: ***** just enough sweetness with that kick of JD at the end- tastes great on all meats!

Nutrition: ***** as ya’ll know I cook for a larger group of people, and one of my taste testers can’t have any gluten or lots of sugars… this taster had seconds of this recipe!

I used the sauce on BBQ ribs.  For those of you tea totterers out there that don’t believe in a little whiskey in your sauce, know that most of the alcohol cooks off in the sauce, but there is a wee bit left- not enough to get ya drunk.  But I will say when I want Maverick to sleep soundly at night I feed him this sauce on chicken nuggets!  So until next week when we head to Kentucky May all your journeys be safe and your eats be good!

served over ribs for dinner! Works great on all meats!

1 thought on “50 States 50 Recipes Tennessee”

  1. Bought some ribs last weekend, I’m gonna try this recipe on them. Thanks Military Martha.
    We love Tennessee, we spent our 30th wedding anniversary in a beautiful cabin near the Smokey Mtns!

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