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Red Robin Campfire Sauce

By Todd Wilbur


Score: 4.60. Votes: 10
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Red Robin is known for great gourmet hamburgers and tasty cocktail concoctions, but the 400-plus-unit chain also serves a huge tower of onion rings that comes with a side of this creamy, sweet-and-smoky dipping sauce. An Internet search revealed a few clues about what might be mixed into this mystery sauce, but the complete culinary conundrum was yet to be solved. A mixture of mayonnaise and barbecue sauce was a good starting point, but with so many varieties of barbecue sauce on the market I had to figure out which came closest to the flavor of the original Campfire Sauce. So, I went back to Red Robin, obtained a sample of the barbecue sauce they use, and conducted a side-by-side taste test of all the major brands on the market. After more spoonfuls of straight barbecue sauce than any human should consume at one sitting, I finally concluded that Bull's Eye Brown Sugar and Hickory comes the closest to the sauce used at the restaurant. A little more experimentation with this sauce, some mayonnaise and a couple of other ingredients, and I eventually had an awesome re-creation of the delicious dipping sauce that can be served with home-baked onion rings, poppers, French fries, or as a really great hamburger spread. Mission accomplished.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons Bull's-Eye Brown Sugar Hickory Barbecue Sauce
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Melissa
May 11, 2015, 22:00

I tried this and I agree with others that sweet baby rays hickory and brown sugar is closer than the bulls eye. I tried with mayo and also with sour cream. I love it with the sour cream. Don't need the ketchup or salt.

Nicholas A.
Oct 25, 2014, 22:00

This tasted just like the real thing! I used Kraft Mayo, Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce, and I used Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle seasoning with a dash of Lawry's Seasoned Salt and it came out exactly like the restaurant's version!

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