Arby’s Sauce Recipe


Get your Arby’s Roast Beef fix without leaving home!  With this Copycat Arby’s Sauce Recipe you can make your own version of the fast food favorite!

Arby's Sauce Recipe : Roast Beef Sandwich Copycat Recipe : barbecue sauce : bbq : barbeque

I can’t tell you how many recipes I have stockpiled that have yet to be shared.  This Arby’s Sauce Recipe is one of those that almost fell through the cracks.

I worked on this copycat recipe almost a year ago then got distracted.

Last week while grocery shopping I had the deli clerk shave some roast beef for me.  I thought to myself how great the roast beef would taste on a soft bun, almost like an Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich.

If only I had the Arby’s Sauce.  Then I had a flashback to a year ago when I made several batches of sauce until I got it right.  Better late than never!

Arby's Sauce Recipe : Roast Beef Sandwich Copycat Recipe : barbecue sauce : bbq : barbeque

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Arby's Sauce Recipe : Roast Beef Sandwich Copycat Recipe : barbecue sauce : bbq : barbeque
Copycat Arby's Sauce
Author: WonkyWonderful
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 4-6 Tablespoons Filtered Water*
  • 4-5 Drops Tabasco or Crystal Hot Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar**
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan.
  2. Heat over medium/low for 20 minutes. Stir frequently, especially the last 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.
  4. Use within 1-2 weeks.
Roast Beef Sandwiches
  1. Lightly butter the inside of a soft bun (I used King's Hawaiian Sandwich Buns). Grill, butter side down, in a large fry pan over medium heat until lightly golden brown on the inside.
  2. Heat shaved deli roast beef in pan until just warm. Do not over cook.
  3. Fill grilled bun with warm roast beef. Top with Arby's Sauce and bun top.
  4. I bought the Arby's Seasoned Curly Fries in the frozen food section of my grocery store. Cook according to package instructions.
Recipe Notes
*Arby's Sauce has a distinct consistency. Add enough water to achieve the pourable sauce. The sauce will thicken a little when cooled.
**Maple syrup or honey can replace the brown sugar. I prefer maple syrup.
Arby's Sauce Recipe : Roast Beef Sandwich Copycat Recipe : barbecue sauce : bbq : barbeque

Why did I have to make my own Arby’s Sauce Recipe at home?

Well, I think Arby’s frowns upon me walking into their establishment to fill my purse with packets of sauce.

Now I don’t have to do that.  Not that I ever did.  Oh, no.  I would never!

Arby's Sauce Recipe : Roast Beef Sandwich Copycat Recipe : barbecue sauce : bbq : barbeque

This sauce is close to the real thing.

I think Arby’s Sauce is all about the consistency.  The flavor IS important.  But you need to achieve that ‘dripping off the sandwich’ consistency.

Arby's Sauce Recipe : Roast Beef Sandwich Copycat Recipe : barbecue sauce : bbq : barbeque

So skip the fast food joint and dine at home.  Where the fries are HOT and the sandwich is FRESH!

Arby's Sauce Recipe : Roast Beef Sandwich Copycat Recipe : barbecue sauce : bbq : barbeque

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  1. Dude, this is amazing! I totally need to make this…and soon. I’ve got a million different sandwiches I want to slather with this stuff. Thanks! πŸ™‚

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Haha, thanks David! I get pretty excited about sandwiches too πŸ˜€

  2. Wow this is SUPER awesome! Can’t believe you cracked the code!!! Whipeeeee!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hahaha, thanks Chris! I do love a good Arby’s Roast Beef. I don’t know why it took me so long to attempt a homemade version.

  3. Heather says:

    I will be making this tomorrow and I can’t wait to try it. All of the local Arby’s have closed by me and I have to drive an hour to get to the closest one, so I don’t get to have Arby’s very often. Not to mention, they are really stingy about giving out sauce packets. They’ll only give you one per sandwich and when I ask for another packet, they give an attitude.

  4. James Brow says:

    Just got done making this sauce, and WOW! Thank you Nicole, James.

  5. Valerie says:

    I’m making this as we speak. Can’t wait to try it!

  6. Christie says:

    Wow, I’m really impressed by this! I did an internet search for “Arby’s sauce recipe” and came across yours. I love Arby’s sauce but haven’t enjoyed it in years since I took HFCS out of my diet and started eating organically. I made your sauce tonight and it was amazing! Thanks!

  7. Rachel says:

    I’m not sure if I did it right…mine has a strong apple cider vinegar flavor. Is that how yours was?

  8. Just made the sauce and it’s amazing !!! Thank You !

  9. Anne Hughes says:

    How about the Arby’s Horsey Sauce to go with it! I love the combo of flavors!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Yep, I need to work on that horsey sauce. Although, I imagine horseradish mixed with mayo would be a good start πŸ™‚

  10. what is onion powder campaignlcon or what do you mean?

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Hi Terri! The recipe should just list onion powder which can be located in the dried spice area of your grocery store. I’m not sure what campaignlcon, I’m not seeing that. It must be some sort of technical glitch. Thanks!

      • Holly Holzapfel says:

        LOL! When you copy and paste the recipe, it will add the words campaignlcon behind things… I reckon it’s embedded in the web page. I always see that when I copy and paste to Microsoft Word to save recipes for future use.

  11. I just made the sauce following the recipe to the dot, and while I cannot say that the result tasted quite like Arby’s sauce (it was too sweet for me), it certainly was several notches above household ketchup. I enjoyed making and devouring it. Thank you for sharing.

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Glad you liked it…sad it wasn’t what you expected. Thanks for your feedback though πŸ™‚

  12. Nicole says:

    I have to agree with Wes. The sauce is delicious, but it seems just a bit too sweet for me. Also, it doesn’t make a lot for slaving over the stove for 20 minutes =/ I’ll try it again with a little less sugar. Do you think there’s a way to double the recipe without extending the cooking time? Thanks!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      If you do decide to double the recipe it will need a little more cooking time. Feel free to decrease the brown sugar to fit your tastes. Have a great day!

  13. Living in Australia I’ve never had the opportunity to taste that, but my god, it’s fantastic! Glad I found my way here! I can’t eat my Lamb burger without this anymore haha.

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Haha! Glad to hear it! And… the sauce is the best thing about Arby’s anyway πŸ™‚

  14. Lee Lee says:

    I just made this and I have to say it is perfection! Thank you for sharing!

  15. Cedric Chin says:

    Do you have an Arby’s sliced roast beef recipe? Mom loves Arby’s Roast Beef, but it’s several town away. Thanks!

    • Nicole Harris says:

      I don’t have a recipe for the roast beef. I buy deli roast beef at the store because that is most like the Arby’s sandwiches. Plus, to get the super thin slices at home I would need a meat slicer.

  16. Brandess says:

    First, thank you for taking the time to try to crack this recipe. I think you came pretty close! I agree with some of the other commentators; this sauce is way too vinegar tough! And I love vinegar based anything. I think the Ketchup you use plays a big part in it. Most of them have a high sugar content, and all of them contain vinegar already. Add in the Tabasco, and there is another hard hit of vinegar.

    I used Heinz Ketchup, because that is what I had on hand. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly as written. I had to toss the first batch due to the strong vinegar punch. The second batch, I replaced 1/2 the brown sugar with honey, used 1 teaspoon of vinegar, and use a pinch of cayenne in place of the Tabasco sauce. It’s not bad. I do not feel that either recipe is dead on, but it’s a great substitute once you get the vinegar under control.

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