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Arby’s Beef and Cheddar with Arby’s Red Sauce (Arby’s Copycat Recipe)

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Arby’s Beef and Cheddar with Arby’s Red Sauce (Arby’s Copycat Recipe)

Dan-O's Beef and Cheddar also has the meats

Arby’s isn’t the only one that has the meats when we whip up this copycat Arby’s beef and cheddar with Arby’s red sauce. This takes that classic roast beef with gooey melted cheddar cheese and tops it with the signature red ranch sauce with a Dan-O’s flair. This is perfect for dinner, lunch, or any meal in between. It’s always a good time for beef and cheddar. Try these with some curly fries topped with a little Dan-O’s Spicy for the complete experience! 

History of Arby’s Beef and Cheddar with Arby’s Red Sauce.

Arby’s began in Boardman, Ohio on July 23, 1964. Founded by two brothers: Forrest, and Leroy Raffel. This dynamic brotherly duo were already the owners of a restaurant supply business and they believed there was room in the market for a fast food franchise based on something other than hamburgers. After some market resaerch and personal preference, the Raffel brothers would settle on roast beef as their champion menu item. The duo had the intention to create a fast food chain for a more affluent crowd, not just in decor, and marketing but with their menu. The average Arby’s roast beef sandwich started at $.69 cents compared to the average fast food burger’s $.15 price. It took some maneuvering but the brand would find success setting the brand up for a boom in the 1970s. During the 70s, Arby’s took a pace of opening 50 stores per year across the nation.

You may be interested to know that the Arby’s Beef and Cheddar with that signature Arby’s red sauce wasn’t initially part of the menu. In fact, it wouldn’t be until 1978 that the idea even came into existence. The brothers pulled together a team of Arby’s finest franchisees and operations specialists to work on an experimental R&D project with a simple mission: take the already perfect Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich and create a sister sandwich that was just as perfect and delicious. It would take the group months of experimentation before they came up with the answer. It sounds crazy that it took a panel of people to come up with that classic thinly sliced roast beef sandwich topped with warm melted cheddar cheese before being flavored with zesty, red ranch sauce served up on a warm onion roll, but it’s really quite common in the fast food industry to have panels of people come up with menu items.

It wasn’t just the Beef and cheddar or Arby’s red sauce that they came up with. This panel was also responsible for introducing Arby’s famous Jamocha Shakes, chicken sandwiches, curly fries, and both the aforementioned Arby’s sauce, and horsey sauce. Moving into the the 80s, Arby’s would go on to have a turbulent future full of rocky deals, and close calls but they still remain a fast food giant to this day.


  • 1 lb of quality roast beef
  • 1/4 Cups cheddar cheese
  • 4 Slices American cheese
  • 2 Tbs milk 
  • Dan-O’s Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbs white vinegar
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire
  • 1 tbs Steak Sauce
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • Choice of buns (onion or everything)

Prep Time

15 Mins

Cook Time

15 Mins


  1. Wrap roast beef in foil. Bake at 350 degrees for roughly 10 minutes
  2. Make “Arbys” sauce: Mix together ketchup, vinegar, Dan-O’s Original, worcestershire sauce, steak sauce, and brown sugar then microwave on low until warm. 
  3. Over low heat mix together cheese, milk, and Dan-O’s in a sauce pan. Stir until warm and well incorporated.
  4. To build, take the bottom bun and spread generously with Arby’s red sauce then pile on the desired amount of roast beef before drizzling the cheese sauce over the top and then the top bun.
  5. Serve with curly fries.
  6. Enjoy!

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