McDonald’s BBQ Sauce Recipe


McDonald’s BBQ sauce is a firm favourite with everyone. Whilst originally created as a ‘dip’ for chicken nuggets it has gained an almost cult like following as an accompaniment for pretty much everything on their menu. And with good reason. Whether you are someone who wants to dip a couple of French fries into that little square pot, or prefer to pour it in buckets onto your burger, its flavour and appeal makes it almost as popular as, and some might say better than, ketchup.

McDonald’s barbeque sauce has a very distinctive taste and flavour. The ‘BBQ’ element comes from the subtle hints of a smoky flavor. When this is twinned with a little bit of sweetness and perhaps even a touch of a savoury taste, you can see why McDonald’s BBQ sauce has gained such popularity.

For those of you who haven’t had your chicken McNugget fix in a little while you might be missing it. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. With a few store bought ingredients you can make a literal bowlful of McDonalds barbecue Sauce in your own kitchen.

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How To Make McDonald’s BBQ Sauce

If you’ve been to the supermarket, you’ll no doubt be aware that there are a lot of BBQ sauces already out there, bottled and ready to go. And whilst they taste similar, they still miss that certain something that makes McDonalds BBQ sauce one of the best. So we’ve decided to come up with this recipe so you can get your sauce to taste the same, every single time.

You don’t need much equipment, or too many ingredients. The secret to making an exact copy of McDonald’s BBQ sauce is mostly about getting the proportions correct. Too much of any one ingredient and you are going to overwhelm your sauce with a different flavour, and whilst it will probably still be quite delicious, it won’t be exactly the same as McDonald’s BBQ sauce.

With this recipe there is absolutely minimal cooking. Whilst some other BBQ sauce recipes will ask you to spend a long time cooking, simmering and mixing, you can have a batch of McDonald’s BBQ dip whipped up in about 2 minutes!

You will need a measuring cup, a teaspoon, a mixing bowl and a microwave. This recipe for this copycat McDonald’s BBQ sauce requires you to have a couple of other sauces and some corn syrup.

It’s important that you mix the ingredients really well. Otherwise you’ll end up with a BBQ sauce that tastes slightly different with every dip… and we want it to taste exactly like McDonalds BBQ sauce every time!

This recipe does need to be heated. A microwave is the ideal option as it saves time. However if you do not have a microwave you can still make this delicious dio at home. Just gently heat the ingredients in a small saucepan instead.

Corn syrup may not be available where you are, however as long as you have a method for adding sweetness you can still get pretty close.

Alternatives include sugar, molasses or even a little honey. You are free to experiment until you get as close as you can to the taste of McDonald’s BBQ sauce.

As this recipe is super easy it won’t take to many attempts or time to really get the flavour profile perfect. If you are trying an alternative ingredient we suggest adding it a little at a time.

Remember to get the flavour correct, you can always add more, but once it is added you can’t take it out again.

If you anticipate being busy you can make this sauce well in advance, and it keeps in the refrigerator for several weeks. You might even find that the flavour improves once it has been chilled for a time.

So dippers at the ready. Get your equipment out, and prepare to make a this dip in minutes. It’s fortunate that it is quick and easy, as we guarantee that after the first batch, people will be coming back for seconds.

McDonald’s BBQ Sauce

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Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: SauceCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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McDonald’s make some amazing dips to go with their meals and one of my favorites has to be this McDonald’s BBQ sauce.


  • 1/2 cup 1/2 of Sweet baby Rays BBQ Sauce

  • 1/3 cup 1/3 Kraft original flavour BBQ sauce

  • 1 tsp 1 of corn syrup or white sugar


  • In a large bowl combine the 1/2 cup of Sweet Baby Rays and the 1/3 of a cup of Kraft original flavour BBQ sauce. Stir the sauces together vigorously to combine.
  • Add the corn syrup or sugar and give the mixture another stir.
  • Place your bowl in a microwave for 40 seconds on a medium to high setting, or if using a pan add the mixture and place on a medium heat, whilst continuously stirring until it begins to bubble slightly.
  • Remove the bowl or pan and give your sauce a final stir
  • Allow your sauce to cool for 15 minutes.
  • Serve your McDonald’s BBQ sauce and enjoy

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Although McDonald’s dipping sauces come in a wide array of flavors, this for me is their best. Gone are the days of stashing a few sachets of this delicious dip in your bag for later. You now have the keys to make this yourself at home.

Some commercially available sauces come close to the taste of McDonald’s BBQ sauce, but they don’t match exactly.

McDonalds BBQ sauce is a secret blend, which, for obvious reasons, they are very enthusiastic not to share. That said, this is close as you are going to get without signing a non disclosure agreement.

If you are a McDonald’s BBQ sauce enthusiast and have a real craving for that smoky and sweet goodness, or you just eat so much of the stuff that one tiny square pot just won’t meet your requirements, then this is the recipe you need.

It ultimately works out cheaper, and probably healthier too, as you won’t be tempted to buy something else off the McDonalds menu every time you need a BBQ sauce fix.


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