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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)

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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 by two brothers: Forrest, and Leroy Raffel. The dynamic brotherly duo were owners of a restaurant supply business who believed there was room in the market for a fast food franchise based on something other than hamburgers. The Raffel brothers would settle on roast beef as their champion menu item, and then came up with the name Arby’s. The name came from initials, R.B, which stood for the Raffel brothers, though it’s commonly mistaken for Roast Beef. The original Arby’s locations were more luxurious in appearance than your typical fast food joint, offering roast beef sandwiches for $.69 cents compared to the average burger’s $.15 price. It wouldn’t be until the 1970s that Arby’s really took off, taking a pace of 50 stores opening per year.

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. Yes, in 78, a crack team of Arby’s finest franchisees and operations specialists came together 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 took months of experimentation before they came up with the answer. Yes, it took a panel of people to come up with that classic thinly sliced roast beef sandwich that was topped with warm melted cheddar cheese and then flavored with zesty, red ranch sauce served up on a warm onion roll.

It wasn’t just the Beef and cheddar or Arby's red sauce that they came up with. This was also the time period they introduced Jamocha Shakes, chicken sandwiches, curly fries, and both the aforementioned Arby’s sauce, and horsey sauce. Arby’s would go on to have a turbulent future from the 80s onwards, but they still remain a fast food classic 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 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)

Preparation Instructions

  1. Wrap roast beef in foil. Bake at 350° F for roughly 10 minutes
  2. Make “Arby’s” 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, and enjoy!


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