Copycat Arby's Sauce

Recently, I tried to recreate one of our favorite fast food sandwiches--the Beef-n-Cheddar from Arby's. I failed miserably, hence the lack of pictures! I had to make the onion rolls from scratch. The recipe promised soft rolls...They were not soft. My cheddar sauce was gluey and had no flavor. The roast beef cost 6-7 chf for about 5 or 6 slices. Needless to say, our sandwiches were thin. But, the Arby's sauce was successful. At least, from what I remember Arby's sauce tasting like, it was successful. For all the work that went into recreating the sandwich, at least it wasn't a complete wash!

Copycat Arby's Sauce


  • 1/2 cup (120 g) ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 mL) apple cider vinegar
  • 4-6 Tablespoons (60-90 mL) water (enough water to obtain that Arby's sauce consistency--it should be pourable)
  • 4-5 drops of Tabasco
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons (25 g) brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Allow to cool before using (sauce will thicken slightly). The sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.

Slightly adapted from

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