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, and you will be blown away by the taste of this fantastic sauce.

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

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.

Red Robin Comes from the Song

In the 1940s, Sam’s Tavern opened in Seattle. Sam, the owner, loved to sing When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin‘ Along with his barbershop quartet. He fell so much in love with this song that he changed the name of his tavern to Sam’s Red Robin.

Fast forward to 1980, Red Robin opened its first restaurant outside of Washington State in Portland, Oregon. In 1983, Red Robin hatched its colorful mascot, “Red” and kids started to fall in love with this enchanting robin. Read more about the history of Red Robin by clicking here.

Homemade Red Robin Campfire Sauce in a ramekin next to a basket of chicken fingers.

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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!

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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. 
4.75 from 8 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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  1. 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

  2. Oliver

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

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!!!

  6. 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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