Clone the Iconic Arby’s Sauce in Your Own Kitchen

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Bring the unmistakable taste of Arby’s right to your backyard BBQ or weeknight meals with this simple homemade Arbys sauce recipe. This versatile sauce is perfect for roast beef and is also a great way to spice up weeknights and make them more exciting!

I make many things that call for ketchup, from burgers to fries to chicken tenders. Serving Arby’s unique tangy and spicy version of ketchup for those meals takes them from boring to, well, fun.

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This signature sauce is very easy to make right in your own kitchen. Plus, this copycat recipe uses ingredients you likely already have in your pantry—talk about convenience!

Making the sauce at home means you know exactly what is in it, and it is much more budget-friendly than buying the prepackaged version or hitting the drive-thru. In this post, I’ll guide you through the simple steps, share tips, and answer all your questions so you can have a jar of this tasty sauce in your refrigerator. 

Are you looking for more dipping sauces? Try copycat chick-fil-a, hot honey Buffalo sauce, or homemade boom boom sauce for more tasty options.

🥘Ingredient Notes

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Ketchup
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Hot Sauce
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Brown Sugar
  • Salt
Ingredients for a sauce recipe arranged on a marble surface, including bowls of ketchup, brown sugar, spices, apple cider vinegar, and hot sauce.

🥣How to Make Arby’s Sauce at Home

  1. Grab a saucepan and toss in all the ingredients—no need for fancy equipment.
  2. Now, turn the heat down low and let the flavors mingle. Let the pan simmer on low heat for 20 minutes.
  3. Pour the sauce into a container, let it cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate.
Ketchup and brown sugar in a stainless steel saucepan, ingredients beginning to mix for a recipe.
Mix all the ingredients.
A wooden spoon scooping arbys sauce from a stainless steel pot.
Simmer on low heat.

🍴Serving Ideas

Drizzle it on a roast beef sandwich, use it as a dipping sauce for curly fries, or try one of these deliciously different options.

  • Sandwich Savior: Slather it on your favorite sandwiches for an instant flavor upgrade. Turkey, chicken, or even a veggie stack – they all get along famously with this sauce.
  • Dip Delight: Cut up some veggies, air fry some sweet potato wedges, or pour it next to a pile of your favorite chips. It’s a dip that brings the party to your plate.
  • BBQ Buddy: Brush it over ribs, chicken, or burgers on the grill. It’s the secret ingredient your BBQ has been missing.
  • Meatloaf Glaze: It makes a delicious glaze that adds a unique sweet, tangy, and slightly spicy flavor to your basic meatloaf.
  • Pizza Partner: Yes, you heard that right. Drizzle it over your pizza for a sweet and tangy twist that’ll make you wonder why you haven’t tried this sooner.

💭How to Store

Once your sauce has cooled to room temperature, transfer it into an airtight container or a jar with a tight lid. This keeps out the air and any fridge odors. Your homemade Arby’s sauce will stay good in the fridge for up to a week. 

Roast beef sandwich with arbys sauce on a bun, served with fries and extra sauce on the side.

⭐Tips

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • Taste and tweak your sauce as it simmers. Need more tang? A splash of more vinegar will do the trick. Craving more sweetness? Spoon in a bit more brown sugar. Needs more heat? Add another drop or two of hot sauce.
  • You can double or triple the ingredients for a bigger batch. I make a triple batch to use when I make my copycat Arby’s Beef & Cheddar sandwiches.
  • If you don’t have apple cider vinegar, white vinegar will do in a pinch. 
  • You can substitute the brown sugar with your favorite sugar alternative for a lower-sugar version. Just be mindful of the sweetness level and adjust to taste.

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Arbys Sauce Recipe

Published By Anne
Unlock the secret to making Arby's sauce at home! Simple ingredients and a few steps deliver that signature sweet, tangy, and slightly spicy flavor perfect for dipping or drizzling.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings: 8
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Ingredients
 

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 4 drops hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan.
    1/2 cup ketchup, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 4 tablespoons water, 4 drops hot sauce, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Notes

  • Taste and tweak your sauce as it simmers. Need more tang? A splash of more vinegar will do the trick. Craving more sweetness? Spoon in a bit more brown sugar. Needs more heat? Add another drop or two of hot sauce.
  • You can double or triple the ingredients for a bigger batch. For example, if you are making copycat Arby’s Beef & Cheddar sandwiches, you need to triple the recipe.
  • If you don’t have apple cider vinegar, white vinegar will do in a pinch. 
  • You can substitute the brown sugar with your favorite sugar alternative for a lower-sugar version. Just be mindful of the sweetness level and adjust to taste.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 28kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.02g | Saturated Fat: 0.003g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 78IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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