A well known food critic once made a memorable statement; “There are sauces and then there’s Arby’s sauce.”
This wasn’t an exaggeration.
Arby’s sauce is a legend.
Arby’s sauce has garnered a passionate and dedicated following and became a global phenomenon.
Arby’s Sauce is the perfect complement to roast beef, turkey, and fries – just to name a few. But what if you don’t have any extra packets at home from your last Arby’s run? Arby’s Sauce recipe is actually pretty easy to make, you can whip up a batch in just 10 minutes and have plenty of leftovers.
Before I delve into the details of recreating this legendary sauce, here is a quick information about its origins, its unmatched flavor profile.
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History or Arby’s legendary sauce
Introduced shortly after the brand’s inception, the Arby’s sauce was an instant hit.
Over the years, the sauce has seen subtle changes in its recipe. While the core ingredients remained consistent, there were tweaks here and there.
In the 1980s, as Arby’s expanded its menu to include a variety of other meals, and this is when the sauce proved its versatility. It wasn’t just for roast beef sandwiches anymore. From turkey clubs to loaded curly fries, the Arby’s sauce added a touch of magic to many other meals on Arby’s menu. The sauce has since been a staple for the brand, adding a burst of flavor to every bite.
Arby’s Sauce Recipe
Over the years, it has garnered a loyal fan base, with many attempting to decode its secret recipe.
I found over 3900 (!!) recipes online.
Each one is claiming to be THE ONE. How do you know which one to go with?
I figured we just need to trust people who have already tested and tried.
See, the thing is, search engines do not always bring you the best results. For example, at the time of my research, the second top recipe on the search results page is a recipe with 5 reviews where every single review says the result is tasting nothing like the original sauce!
I have researched Arby’s sauce recipes to find a few that have a lot of positive ratings so that you don’t have to waste your time. I checked recipe’s comments to make sure people were happy with the recipe and were complimenting the author on the taste.
Below, you will find the top Arby’s sauce copycat recipes.
Each recipe offers a slightly unique take on the iconic sauce, with slight variations in ingredients and preparation methods. While the core ingredients are the same across the recipes, the proportions and additional incidents vary. This gives each version its distinct flavor profile.
This recipe tastes pretty close to the original. The taste is pretty versatile, and you can use the sauce not on just roast beef sandwiches but also other dishes made of chicken, pork, etc. Some people found this sauce a bit too sweet or tasted a strong vinegar taste.
- Rating: 4.5 Stars (based on 649 Reviews)
- Ingredients: ketchup, apple cider vinegar, water, Tabasco, onion powder, garlic powder, brown sugar, salt
- Cooking time: 25 minutes
- Calories per serving: 54
This Arby’s sauce recipe stands out with its use of cornstarch. While some people might find this incident unnecessary, others will appreciate a smooth texture that mimics the original.
- Rating: 4.88 Stars (based on 48 Reviews)
- Ingredients: ketchup, brown sugar, white vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, salt, cayenne pepper, cornstarch
- Cooking time: 20 minutes
- Calories per serving: 32
This Arby’s sauce recipe does not have any comments but it does have pretty good ratings, and very few simple ingredients.
- Rating: 5 Stars (based on 85 Reviews)
- Ingredients: ketchup, garlic powder, salt, pepper, apple cider vinegar
- Cooking time: 0 minutes
- Calories per serving: 35
Copycat Arby’s Sauce Recipe by Fast Food Menu Prices
We also have our own recipe! It is pretty similar
|Serves||Prep Time||Cook Time||Total Time|
|16||NA||13 min||13 min|
- 1 tsp hot sauce (Worcestershire)
- 1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- brown sugar, cayenne pepper, nutmeg – optional
- Add all ingredients to a stovetop pan, stir, and warm on medium heat.
- When the sauce begins to bubble, turn down the heat.
- Stir throughout the course of 10 minutes so sauce doesn’t burn at the bottom of the pan.
- Serve immediately as a dipping sauce or sandwich topping, or allow the sauce to cool down before pouring into a container and refrigerating.
If the sauce is too thick, just add a bit of water.
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0.1g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 8.6g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber 0.1g||0%|
|Total Sugars 8.1g|
|Vitamin D 0mcg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.|