Arby’s Sauce

Arbys Sauce is ketchup with a kick. No one does this better than Arby’s. We did find that Lea and Perrins gave the best flavor for this sauce.

A bowl of homemade Arbys sauce in front of a roast beef sandwich

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Arby’s has been passing this sauce around forever with their roast beef sandwiches. I think this sauce is such a nice change on pastrami or hamburgers, and it’s a great dipping sauce for hot wings. Spread it on a sandwich and your sandwich will zing.

About Arby’s

Arby’s was the inspiration of two brothers, Forrest and Leroy Raffel who opened the first restaurant in Boardman, Ohio in 1964. They had the idea that there was a market opportunity for eateries based on a food other than hamburgers.

The brothers first wanted to name their restaurants “Big Tex” but that name was already taken. Instead, they chose the name “Arby’s” – based on “R” and “B”, the initials of the Raffel Brothers. Nice and simple.

Arby’s Menu

In the beginning, Arby’s served up only roast beef sandwiches along with potato chips, and soft drinks. Over time, the menu expanded to include beef ‘n cheddar, chicken sandwiches, curly fries, jamocha shakes, and two sauces that became Arby’s famous signature sauces: horsey sauce and Arby’s sauce.

More items have been experimented with and in 1991 Arby’s became the first fast-food chain to offer a complete “lite” menu with several sandwiches and salads coming in at under 300 calories and 94 percent fat-free. Read a lot more about the history of Arby’s.

Homemade Arby’s Sauce

Having to buy something just to get some sauce is kind of expensive, but you can make Arby’s tangy sauce just like they do at home. Mix this sauce up and make the family smile. Make a batch and store it in a covered container in the refrigerator so it will always be on hand.


Here’s what you need:

  • Ketchup
  • Brown Sugar
  • White Vinegar
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Paprika
  • Worcestershire Sauce (Lea and Perrins)
  • Salt
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Water
  • Corn Starch

Ingredients to make Arbys sauce.

How to Make Arby’s Sauce

  1. Place all sauce ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed for 15 – 20 seconds.
  2. Pour ingredients into a small saucepan, heat on medium-low. Simmer gently for twenty minutes, stirring several times.
  3. After twenty minutes add cornstarch mixture and stir well.
  4. When sauce begins to thicken, let simmer on a very low temperature for ten minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. The sauce will be similar in thickness to steak sauce.
  6. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

homemade Arbys sauce in a bowl beside a roast beef sandwich.

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Homemade Arbys sauce beside a roast beef sandwich

Arby’s Sauce

You can make Arby's famous sauce just like they do. 
4.65 from 17 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Arby's Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 32kcal


  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup White Vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 3 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce (Lea and Perrins)
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Corn Starch Mixture

  • 1 tablespoon Corn Starch
  • 2 tablespoon Water


  • Place all sauce ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed for 15 - 20 seconds. Pour ingredients into a small saucepan, heat on medium low. Simmer gently for twenty minutes, stirring several times. 
  • After twenty minutes add cornstarch mixture and stir well. When sauce begins to thicken, let simmer on a very low temperature for ten minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. 
  • Mixture will be similar in thickness to steak sauce. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator. This sauce is a nice change on hamburgers or pastrami, and great dipping sauce for hot wings.


Calories: 32kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 190mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.3mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Shannon Morrow

    Just a question… it possible to use freeze-dried onions? I don’t have any onion powder, and I just wondered if I could use the dried onions instead. I figured that since you buzz the ingredients in the blender they just might get turned to powder.

  2. Joyce

    Arby’s Sauce is Heinz bbq sauce. I don’t know if Heinz makes that sauce for retail any more..
    I haven’t seen it in the grocery stores for years. I used to buy a bottle once in a while to have the “Arby’s Sauce” on hand and not have to deal with those little squeeze packs.

  3. aw

    So it is basically watery bbq sauce. Huh. The more you know.

    I think you can prob just adjust the water for the right consistency and blend until everything is dissolved especially the sugar.

    You don’t have to do the cornstarch and cooking step. It will meld in the fridge just fine. This just overcomplicates it.

    • T Johnson

      The cornstarch helps thicken it a little and the cooking step not only breaks down the sugar but the dry seasoning components as well. Blending can only do so much, but it cannot break down the fine granules of sugar completely which will leave you with a gritty sauce.

  4. fini

    5 stars
    very good recipe – i didn’t have cornstarch, so i just reduced the amount of water a little bit and cooked it down until the texture seemed right. i also went a bit heavy on the garlic, onion, and worschtershire, just because i like them. it’s darn close to the real deal and much cheaper too! i’ll be using this on everything from now on!

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