What A Tasty Surprise! Here Are The Ingredients In Your Favorite Restaurant Sauces

When it comes to food, many factors make certain dishes irresistible. It could be the preparation or how filling the food is. One thing is for sure, though; the right sauce will have you coming back for more. Take, In-N-Out, for example. The Animal Style Sauce makes going through the drive-thru a task you don’t even mind, no matter if the line goes to the street. Many other restaurants have unique condiments that their fans crave, so we’re going to share with you the ingredients for the most popular ones. Is your mouth watering yet?

Make Your Own Big Mac

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Jason Merritt/FilmMagic

“In 1974, the name ‘Special Sauce’ came into existence from the famous advertising campaign: ‘Two all-beef patties, Special Sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions – on a sesame seed bun,” the McDonald’s website reports. With the Big Mac being one of the most popular burgers in the fast-food world, the special sauce is a massive reason why.

To create your own Special Sauce, you only need six ingredients. Make sure you have black pepper, white vinegar, sugar, sweet pickle relish, ketchup, and mayonnaise. Once you’ve gathered your materials, you’re well on your way to creating a masterpiece!

No More Tears, Here’s The Bloomin’ Onion Sauce

outback steakhouse
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Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Fans of Outback Steakhouse know that the Bloomin’ Onion is a staple of the Australian-inspired restaurant chain. The crispy, mouthwatering treat is the perfect appetizer as you wait for your main dish. The cherry on top has to be the special “bloom sauce” that accompanies it.

To make your own, you’re going to need eight ingredients. Mayonnaise, creamy horseradish, ketchup, paprika, cayenne pepper, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper are all that’s required to recreate this tasty sauce for yourself!

Savory Garlic Sauce For You

the garlic special sauce
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Pinterest/zhenzhenzho8133

Papa John’s has incredible pizza (depending on who you ask). If you wish to make it even better, then you add the famous garlic dipping sauce. “The brand’s popular garlic dipping sauce is as old as Papa John’s itself, and since Papa John’s founder John Schnatter made it in 1984, it has been included with every pizza ever sold,” consumer writer Aditi Shrikant wrote.

For this addictive sauce, you surprisingly only need three ingredients. Grab yourself some salted butter, garlic powder, and salt. Happy crafting and dipping!

Avocado And Ranch Combined? Count Us In!

the dipping sauce
Chili’s
Chili’s

As one of the leading chain restaurants in America, Chili’s has plenty of delicious options to choose from that keep the customers coming back in droves. One of the best aspects of Chili’s is their appetizers that go incredibly well with adult drinks. The Southwestern Eggrolls and the Avocado Ranch Dipping Sauce are simply sensational.

To create your own Avocado Ranch Dipping Sauce, you’re going to need quite a few ingredients. Go ahead and gather some sour cream, buttermilk, white vinegar, salt, dried parsley, onion powder, dried dill weed, garlic powder, pepper, mayonnaise, and smashed avocado. It sounds scrumptious just reading it.

KFC’s Gravy Is Addictive

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Moses Robinson/Getty Images for KFC

Before selling the chain, the Colonel took pride in making the sauce so good that you’d “throw away the durn chicken and just the eat the gravy.” Eventually, the recipe became too time-consuming so they got rid of it for a more straightforward method.

Luckily, we can provide you with the core ingredients so that you can make your own! You’ll need beef bouillon, water, butter, flour, and chicken broth (salt and pepper are optional). We know you can’t wait to have some!

A Classic Sauce

panda express sauce
Yelp
Yelp

Chef Jimmy Wang, who works out of Panda Express’ “innovation kitchen” in Pasadena, says that the orange chicken with the sweet and sour sauce is “probably one of the most genius creation in the past 30 years.” For those who agree, take a look at the ingredients of the sauce that “really hits all the senses and tastes buds in your mouth.”

You’ll need to have water, white vinegar, sugar, corn starch. The red food coloring is optional. Get ready for a real treat!

Contain Your Red Lobster Urges

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redlobster/Instagram

Red Lobster, famous for their Cheddar Bay Biscuits, also has a Tartar Sauce that complements pretty much every seafood option. Better with the fried choices, you can make your own with only six ingredients.

You’ll need mayonnaise, white onions, carrot (finely diced), pickle relish, sugar, and salt. Yep, that’s it for the Red Lobster Tartar Sauce. If there were ever a time to whip up a batch of tarter sauce from scratch, this is it!

A Fan-Favorite For Sure

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chickfila/Instagram

“Chick-fil-A Sauce was ‘invented’ in Fredericksburg, Virginia back in the early 1980s when a restaurant Team Member accidentally mixed barbeque sauce with a honey mustard recipe that franchise Operator Hugh Fleming had created,” Greg Rossino wrote. This is what we call a happy accident!

Thanks to an honest mistake, you can make this mouth-watering sauce yourself, and you won’t need very many ingredients. Grab honey, yellow mustard, barbecue sauce, lemon juice, mayonnaise, and you’re ready to dip your chicken in pure edible gold.

That’s What A Hamburger Is All About

animal style sauce
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Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for John Varvatos

While the Chick-Fil-A Sauce certainly is a crowd-pleaser, perhaps In-N-Out’s Animal Style sauce is slightly more desirable. It’s almost similar to McDonald’s Big Mac sauce, but there’s one key difference that makes it go above and beyond.

For the spread, you’ll need, mayonnaise, ketchup, dill pickle relish, salt, grounded pepper, sugar, and apple cider vinegar. McDonald’s uses white vinegar, whereas In-N-Out chooses to go with apple cider. That one difference changes the way your tastebuds react to the magical sauce.

Whip Up That Horsey Sauce for Your Sandwich!

the sauce for arbys
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Mike Pont/Getty Images for Arby’s

Arby’s is probably one of the most underrated fast-food chains in America. It doesn’t get the credit it deserves and consistently gets overlooked by competitors like Subway or Jersey Mike’s. If you’ve had the Horsey Sauce, then you can understand our frustrations.

If you don’t believe us, try making a batch yourself. What you’ll need is mayonnaise, sugar, creamed horseradish, and salt. Once you’ve created it, prepare for a trip that your tastebuds won’t soon forget.

It’s So Good, You’ll Drink It!

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raisingcanes/Instagram

On September 16, 2015, a Raising Cane’s employee released the recipe behind their delicious Cane’s Sauce after getting fired. People couldn’t believe it, and complete chaos ensued in kitchens not too long after. A few tweets later, she also revealed that “only [their] Restaurant General Managers are told the secrets.”

What’s the recipe you ask? Well, all you need is mayonnaise, ketchup, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper. Once you’ve got all that, you’re in the game, baby.

This Fabulous Subway Sauce

Erin Holland holding a sandwich
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Hanna Lassen/WireImage

Subway is the restaurant you go to when you want to eat fresh, or fresher than usual. With the option to customize your sandwich however you wish, that means being able to add whatever sauce you want. One of their more desirable sauces is the Chipotle Southwest Sauce.

You don’t need much to recreate it, and you probably already have many of them in your cabinet. Just get some mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, chopped cilantro, ground cumin, dried dill, kosher salt, and one chipotle chile in adobo sauce.

One Of The Best White Sauces Around

the white sauce
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thehalalguys/Instagram

The Halal Guys invented their famous white sauce in 1990. It came about after they stopped selling from a hot dog stand to sell halal food out of a cart to satisfy Muslim cabbies. “Customers were surprised in the beginning because they were expecting yogurt sauce, but they still liked it, and they wanted more of it,” says Hesham Hegazy, general manager of The Halal Guys.

To make it, you’ll need water, mayonnaise, fresh lemon, ground caraway, ground sumac, ground cardamom, ground turmeric, xanthan gum, and black pepper — that’s a lot of exotic ingredients for this Americanized sauce.

The Best Jack Daniel’s Sauce You’ve Made

the daniels sauce
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tgifridays/Instagram

Almost a half-century ago, T.G.I. Friday’s was a singles bar. That’s in the past, and what they’re most well-known for now is their Jack Daniel’s Grill. That’s thanks to the finger-licking glaze they slather on top of their menu items.

Here’s how you make some yourself. Get some roasted garlic, minced onions, chopped pineapple, teriyaki sauce, Jack Daniel’s whiskey, soy sauce, lemon juice, chili flakes, and brown sugar. In no time, you’ll ascend to tastebud heaven.

The Sauce For The Fries

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david.alpersjr/Instagram

Don’t pretend like you don’t like to dip your fries into a side of ranch or another condiment when ordering fast-food. If you don’t, then kudos to you, but fortunately, Freddy’s designed a sauce just for fries. Oh yeah, it’s delicious.

To enjoy some at the comfort of your home, you only need five ingredients. Put together some ketchup, mayonnaise, vinegar, black pepper, and seasoning salt, and you’ll be good to go. Yes, its that simple.

That Zesty Sauce You Love

the zesty sauce
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Horacio Villalobos – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

As a direct competitor to McDonald’s, Burger King has always had the little brother role. They’ve never been quite as popular, but they still gather a lot of customers. Perhaps it’s their Whopper, or maybe its the Zesty Sauce.

For this recipe, you’ll need ten ingredients, but you probably already have them. One drop of soy sauce, ketchup, sugar, salt, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, cayenne pepper, horseradish, and mayonnaise should do the trick. Prepare for added zest in your life.

Red Robin Does Sauce Right

Red robin sauce
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redrobinburgers/Instagram

Red Robin is where you go when you don’t want to think about all the carbs, fat, other unhealthy things you’re about to consume. For example, they have bottomless french fries that already make you lose all control, but they’re even better when you dip them in the Campfire Sauce.

To make the Campfire Sauce, you won’t need much but two ingredients. That’s right, only two: mayonnaise and barbecue sauce. It’s that simple to add some flavor to your fried goods!

You Won’t Regret Making This Polynesian Sauce

the sauce that always gives
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chickfila/Instagram

Chick-Fil-A has so many options that put a smile on your face; it’s always hard to make a decision when ordering from there. Luckily, you can order multiple sauces, with Polynesian being one of them.

This condiment pairs well with pork, chicken, and beef. For it, you’ll only need three things: Catalina salad dressing, white vinegar, and corn syrup. Now, roll up your sleeves and get to creating this tasty sauce!

Recreate This Orange Sauce

panda express sauce
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Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images

Panda Express serves millions of people every year with tons of options to choose from on their menu. Still, none are as popular as the orange chicken. It’s totally unmatched, and that’s primarily thanks to the sauce on it.

To make it yourself, you will only need six ingredients. The list includes vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, orange zest, and crushed red peppers. Those are all items that sound like they might not mix that well, but Panda Express made it work. Try it!

Arby’s Strikes Again

the special sauce
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Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Maybe you’re a fan of a good roast beef sandwich. We don’t blame you. They can be spectacular, and you can eat them for dinner, lunch, or even a snack when your stomach gets to rumbling. Next time you have an urge to feast on one, try out Arby’s Sauce that you can make yourself.

To prepare it, you’ll need quite a few ingredients, but it’s worth it in the end. Ketchup, apple cider vinegar, water, Tabasco, onion powder, garlic powder, brown sugar, and sea salt should get the job done for you!