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. 
4.58 from 14 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Arby's Recipes
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
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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. Lydia

    4 stars
    I have found yours to be the closest online recipe. It’s my preferred go to. I just added 1/8 tsp ground cloves, and it pretty much nails it. Thanks Stephanie

  2. Ed

    5 stars
    It was very close and awesomely delicious.. I double the Worcestershire sauce and this made the recipe nearly perfect… thanks for posting it

  3. Rita Heilman

    Do you happen to have Arby’s “Red Ranch Sauce Recipe?” I love that or do you have their “Greek Sauce” they put on the one sandwich? it sounds like year-o? sorry I can’t remember how to spell it.

    • Matt

      When we ran out of red ranch when I worked at arbys, my boss always had me go to the grocery store and buy French dressing. It is exactly the same. I hope this helps!

  4. Rick

    I worked for Arby’s in the early 1970’s in Cambridge, MA. I was told the name Arby’s come from the the letters R & B, which stood for Roast & Beef.

  5. Bette

    For those of you criticizing this because it doesn’t have the three peppers, the title doesn’t say its Arby’s three-pepper sauce. It says Arby’s sauce. The three-pepper has not even been around that long. Arby’s Sauce is the original Arby’s sause that they have been passing out forever with their roast beef sandwiches.

    • Stephanie

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I do have paprika, and cayenne, but this does not contain jalapeno at all. The ketchup and the Worcestershire sauce offers additional flavor profiles, that are similar to the listed ingredients.

      Thank you for dropping by.

  6. Andres

    4 stars
    This recipe is a good sauce, but is only marginally close. The ingredients for the original sauce are located on the Arby’s website. To have a better approximation, replace the ketchup with Heinz or Del Monte Chili Sauce. Ditch the Worcestershire, and add a little red bell pepper puree, ground celery seed, and chipotle powder. Replace the paprika with smoked paprika. That will get you there.

      • Max

        4 stars
        Arby’s Sauce®: Water, Corn Syrup, Tomato Paste, Distilled Vinegar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Salt, Modified Corn Starch, Soybean Oil, Xanthan Gum, Garlic (dehydrated), Sodium Benzoate (preservative), Onion (dehydrated), Spice and Spice Extractives, Artificial Flavor, Extractives of Capsicum.

  7. LizaJane789

    5 stars
    This sauce is almost exactly the same as Arby’s Sauce. IMO, it’s the VINEGAR that does it. And the consistancy, Arby’s Sauce isn’t terribly thick. I’ve been looking for this for years, and my family and I think this recipe is the closest match. Thank you!!!

  8. Elmer

    I have just discovered Arby’s Three Pepper Sauce within the last four months. Like others, I really like it. However, having to buy something just to get some sauce is getting kind of expensive. Let’s not mention the cardiac issues just around the corner if I continue to make jalapeno bits a staple. So the quest began to duplicate it.

    Before I found the recipe you posted. My initial close examination at the sauce
    reminded me of a tomato based Hamburger relish the Heinz Company used to
    produce. The major difference being, that was a chunky relish and Arby’s product is a sauce. However, both are in similar in flavor from my recollection of the hamburger relish.

    A closer look reviled that there were very small pieces of
    either pickle or a pepper that appeared to be in a course tomato base. After seeing
    your recipe and comparing it to what I already observed, I just didn’t think it
    was right.

    So here’s what I did.

    1 12oz bottle of Aldi’s chili sauce

    4 to 5 jarred jalapeno slices, very finely diced

    1 heaping Tbsp. light brown sugar

    ½ tsp. paprika

    1 Tbsp. sweet pickle relish, very finely diced

    7 drops hot pepper sauce

    1/8 tsp. ground turmeric

    Heat all ingredients in a small sauce pan and then let it
    cool. I think this sauce is closer but
    there is smoothness on the pallet that I can’t seem to totally duplicate.


  9. Amandamarcum93

    I work at arbys the ingredients are water vinegar salt garlic soy bean oil and pepper spices and capsicum spice

    • fish

      5 stars
      Amandamarcum93 Thats odd! my daughter works there and they do not make it on site. it comes canned or in packets.

  10. Jgrant6489

    Your recipe is not even close to “Arbys Sauce” Just sayin! Tastes like horrible bbq sausce. just sayin!

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