Easy Red Robin Campfire Sauce

Red Robin Campfire sauce is the perfect dipping sauce to prepare for French fries, chicken nuggets, or onion rings. You can even drizzle it on a homemade grilled burger. It is so easy to make, this Red Robin campfire sauce copycat recipe.

Homemade Red Robin Campfire Sauce in a ramekin in front of a basket of chicken tenders.

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Fast Food Dipping Sauces

Everyone loves unique sauces for dipping. Chick Fil A has the Chick Fil A Sauce, Smashburger has the Smashsauce, and Caines has their amazing sauce as well. Red Robin Campfire sauce deserves to be known as one of those condiments everyone loves. And, there are so many ways to use this sauce.

A Smoky Sauce

If you don’t live near a Red Robin, you probably have never enjoyed this sauce in the restaurant. However, you can make it at home in just a matter of minutes. This sauce is a mixture of mayonnaise, inexpensive hickory barbeque sauce, and chipotle pepper. If you have never used chipotle before, you are missing out. Chipotle peppers are jalapeno peppers that have been smoked.

Chipotle Peppers

Chipotle peppers are smoked and dried jalapenos. Jalapenos are green for most of the growing season, but turn red in the fall. Chipotle peppers are the perfect way to add small amounts of heat to a dish, and a lot of smoke.

Often chipotle peppers are used in Southwestern and Mexican dishes, and they are known for their earthy, smoky taste. It’s a great way to add a deep smoky flavor that does not taste artificial. You can buy chipotle pepper at Target and other stores and you can also find it online.

Ingredients you will need for this Red Robin Campfire Sauce Recipe

Thankfully this recipe has easy-to-find ingredients, here is what you will need.

  • Mayonnaise – I personally love Dukes or Hellman’s, if you want to make a vegan version of the sauce use vegan mayonnaise
  • Hickory BBQ sauce – Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory sauce or Heinz is my preference for best results
  • Tabasco Chipotle sauce – you can omit this, but I think a touch of this makes the recipe more authentic
  • Chipotle powder – this has lots of smoke and depth to this sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce – I love the Lea and Perrins brand

How to make Red Robin Campfire Sauce

This sauce is super simple to make, so can prepare this in no time at all.

  1. In a medium bowl combine mayonnaise, BBQ sauce, Tobasco Chipotle sauce, Chipotle powder, and Worcestershire sauce.
  2. Stir to combine well.
  3. Place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for about 1 hour before serving.
Homemade Red Robin Campfire Sauce in a ramekin next to a basket of chicken fingers.

How to use campfire sauce

If you have never tried this sauce, anything you would dip ranch dressing into would be a good candidate for this sauce. Here are some recommendations that I have for this sauce. This sauce is the perfect combination with the smokey bbq sauce and smokey chipotle peppers.

  • French fries
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Chicken tenders
  • A zesty sandwich spread for pulled pork

How to store campfire sauce

Should you have to happen any sauce leftover you can store this in an airtight container, or a squeeze bottle for up to ten days. This sauce is so easy and so delicious you may never need to store your leftovers!

Like a couple of copycat Red Robin recipes?

Find more copycat dipping sauce recipes below. You are sure to find the sauce from your favorite restaurant.

You can purchase the bottled version of campfire sauce in the store. When you make homemade sauce, it tastes much better. So be sure to give this recipe a try and be amazed by the wonderful smokey flavor!

Be sure to check out more of my copycat sauces and popular restaurant recipes.

Homemade Red Robin Campfire Sauce in a ramekin in front of a basket of chicken tenders.

Red Robin Campfire Sauce

Love this sweet and spicy sauce?  Make it at home. 
4.80 from 10 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Red Robin Campfire Sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 101kcal


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup inexpensive hickory smoked barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco Chipotle Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper
  • 3 or 4 drops Worcestershire sauce


  • Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl and stir well.  
  • The sauce is better if you allow it to rest 1 hour before serving. 


Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 253mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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 CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Richard C Downey

    5 stars
    I doubled and modified the recipe, I found that with the full amount of the chipotle chili pepper
    it was a little to spicy and way more spicy then the one at red robin. Plus I make a Keto Version using the Sweet Baby Ray’s no sugar added hickory smoked barbecue sauce

    My son and I LOVE recipe! thank you.

    • 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 cup inexpensive hickory smoked barbecue sauce
    • 1 tablespoon Tabasco Chipotle Sauce
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground chili pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  2. carl j stocks

    5 stars
    The recipe is o.k. But, what is better and closer to Red Robin Campfire sauce is 1/2 Kansas City style BBQ sauce and 1/2 mayo (actually use a little less than 1/2 BBQ sauce, But use only Kansas City style otherwise the taste is a little off. No need for Chipotle anything

  3. Oliver

    Hi are those frozen, homemade, restaurant chicken strips/nuggets? They look really good, would love to know!

  4. Lisa

    5 stars
    Stephanie thank you so much for sharing this recipe! We LOVE Red Robin’s campfire sauce & this is EXACTLY IT!! Made it last night with fries & am going to attempt RR’s onion rings with this sauce tonight. Thank you again!

    • Annon

      Hey keep it simple it’s just bbq and mayo just a touch more mayo than bbq. I promise I know what I’m talking about.

    • anonymous red robin cook

      There’s no Chipotle, Tabasco or Worcestershire in the Campfire Mayo.

      It is literally just a cheap hickory BBQ sauce and Mayo.

      I should know I prep it once a week

  5. Heather B.

    I want to make this recipe, but I’m wondering about the ground chipotle chili pepper. Do you buy them ground already? Are they in a can or dry? Thanks for your help. Btw, I love all of your recipes!

  6. Amber

    5 stars
    I just want everyone to know that I am OBSESSED with campfire sauce and this recipe is spot on!!! Thank you so much!!!

  7. ronald White

    saw the video about coleslaw looks very good. Wanted to try went back to write down recipe video was changed. Could you send me the copy of recipe?
    Thank You

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