T.G.I. Friday's(R) Restaurants Feature 'The Jack Championship BBQ(TM)' Sauce

Friday's® Restaurants Announce Seven New Menu Items from $5.99 featuring a Sauce by the Grand Champion of the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue™ Competition

CARROLLTON, Texas, Aug. 6 // PRNewswire // -- T.G.I. Friday's restaurants announced it will feature "The Jack(TM) Championship BBQ" sauce, the actual sauce recipe developed by Chad Hayden, the Grand Champion of the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue™ competition, on seven new menu items at over 600 U.S. restaurants beginning today.

"T.G.I. Friday's is absolutely fanatical about bringing the most compelling, on-trend, best-in-class food and beverage to our guests," said Andrew Jordan, senior vice president of marketing for T.G.I. Friday's USA. "If you think our original Jack Daniel's Grill is good, wait until you try this award-winning sauce."

The annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue™ competition features over 60 teams from around the world who bring their unique Barbecue recipes to Lynchburg, Tennessee to compete for the Grand Prize.

The menu items featuring the Jack™ Championship Barbecue sauce include one appetizer: BBQ Pork Ravioli Bites, quick-fried crusted ravioli filled with pulled pork tossed in the Jack™ Championship BBQ sauce, served with a side of sauce for dipping; and six entrees: Championship BBQ Sirloin, a 6 oz. sirloin steak basted in the Jack™ Championship BBQ sauce, served over caramelized onions and mushrooms, with creamy mashed potatoes, crispy onion rings and a side of BBQ sauce; BBQ Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp, two skewers of bacon-wrapped shrimp, grilled and basted with Jack™ Championship BBQ sauce then served over garlic toast with mashed potatoes and crispy onion rings; Championship BBQ New York Strip, a big, 12-oz cut of USDA Choice steak basted in the Jack™ Championship BBQ sauce, served over caramelized onions and mushrooms, with our creamy mashed potatoes, crispy onion rings and a side of BBQ sauce; Cheddar Bacon BBQ Sliders, tender all-beef patties covered with shredded Cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and the Jack™ Championship BBQ sauce, served with a choice of Friday's Fries, onion rings, sweet potato fries or mixed greens salad with Italian vinaigrette; and Baby Back Ribs (a full-rack or half-rack), baby back pork ribs smothered in Jack™ Championship BBQ sauce, fire grilled to perfection and served with a side of golden fries.

"This sauce is downright crave-able," said Scott Randolph, senior director of culinary, R&D for T.G.I. Friday's. "It is in-your-face bold with a tangy kick and just screams flavors."

Additionally, building upon its long-standing beverage heritage, T.G.I. Friday's award-winning mixologists have also developed the perfect accompaniment to these mouth-watering dishes. The Tennessee Peach combines Jack Daniel's, peach Schnapps and orange & cranberry juices while the Strawberry Lynchburg Lemonade is our latest twist on the famous citrus classic. Both are available only at Friday's and for a limited time.

Items featuring the Jack™ Championship BBQ sauce by Hayden represent another iteration of best-in-class recipes being featured on the Friday's menu. Earlier this year, T.G.I. Friday's restaurants added five new recipes by respective category winners from the Food Network's Ultimate Recipe Showdown, a television series featuring America's greatest home cooks battling head-to-head for the chance to be on the T.G.I. Friday's menu.

Carlson Restaurants Worldwide Inc., the parent company of T.G.I. Friday's Inc., is a privately held company owned by Minneapolis-based Carlson, a world leader in the hospitality, travel and marketing industries. As of August 2008, Carlson Restaurants Worldwide owns, operates, franchises or licenses more than 1,000 restaurants in 60 countries. For more information, visit http://www.fridays.com/.

SOURCE: Carlson Restaurants Worldwide Inc.

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