If you are craving Arby's Sauce at home, this sweet and tangy BBQ sauce is quick and easy to throw together and requires minimal ingredients.
Confession time. I wish babies were born two years old. I really do. The little pooping rogue alarm clocks stress me out something fierce. However, since I work from home it is Daddy Daycare until mommy gets home. I am mostly just tasked with keeping the baby alive until 2:30 pm then my wife rescues me, and so far I've been fairly successful. On the flip side, I really like toddlers, they are adorably irrational but still perfectly capable of communication.
My daughter is a toddler and she is now old enough to want to mimic everything we do. This is a fun age to start cooking with them. Though I strongly believe children shouldn't flambé until at least pre-school, making recipes like this Arby's Sauce is perfect to do with children. They love being helpful - holding the measuring cups as you fill it and stirring the ingredients together.
I stumbled upon my Arby's Sauce recipe by accident. I made my Brown Sugar Meatloaf for dinner last week and tasted the sauce before I slathered it over the hamburger mixture and thought, "EUREKA this reminds me of Arby's!" Then the other day I swung through the Arby's drive-thru to get an Arby's Roast Beef Sandwich and requested a few packets of their Arby's Sauce to bring home to deconstruct.
How to Make Arby's Sauce
Upon doing an initial taste test between my meatloaf sauce and the Arby's Sauce I instantly noticed their tangy BBQ sauce had a strong flavor of Worchestshire. When tweaking my recipe I found 2 tablespoons to be a bit too much, but 4 teaspoons put us pretty dang close. Arby's sauce also had a subtle heat I didn't initially notice. Cayenne pepper seems to replicate it nicely.
Though the sauce tastes great simply mixed together, it really needs to be simmered briefly on the stove top. This melts the brown sugar into the sauce, giving you a smoother texture.
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Arby's Sauce Copycat Recipe
- 1 cup ketchup
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Add all ingredients to a small saucepan, stir to combine, and bring to a simmer. Reduce to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching.
- Let sauce cool and store in air-tight container in the refrigerator.
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