Copycat Arby’s Sauce

Make your own and eat it on everything. The flavors are spot on.

While I don’t doubt that my husband loves me, I sometimes worry that he might love Arby’s even more. He is their number one biggest fan. While I don’t hold quite the same passion for the sandwich chain, I can appreciate that their sauce game is on point. From their Horsey Sauce to their Three Pepper Sauce, it’s allll good. (I am generally the person really taking my time at the condiment station before we sit down to our table.) But none are as good as their signature sweet and tangy Arby’s Sauce. The great news is that instead of stockpiling packets on your next trip, you can make your own at home and you can slather it on so much more than roast beef sandwiches.

I have more good news for you – Arby’s Sauce is really easy to make. It’s just a matter of stirring together a few ingredients and letting them simmer until they’ve become one entity. So what’s in this stuff? It’s ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, a bit of tabasco, and some onion powder and garlic powder.

Yes, it’s barbecue sauce, more or less, but it’s one with the perfect balance and zing and since it’s a bit thinner it’s as great for dipping as it is drizzled over a shaved roast beef sandwich.

Chicken nuggets, potato wedges, french fries… if you can dip it it’s fair game. And it turns out this stuff is also great on turkey sandwiches or used to dress up a basic chicken breast.

Roast beef sandwiches are just the beginning, in other words. Arby’s Sauce is great on so many things and so easy to make that it’s a no brainer to keep a jar in your fridge at all times. And besides, a jar is so much easier than storing all of those packets you’ve hoarded!

Copycat Arby's Sauce

Serves 4; 5 minutes prep, 20 minutes cook time

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 4-6 tablespoons water
  • 4 drops tabasco
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Preparation
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over medium-low. Start with 4 tablespoons of water and add more as needed.
  2. Let cook 20 minutes, stirring frequently, especially as it thickens at the end. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Wonky Wonderful.