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What Is Campfire Sauce?

Heard of campfire sauce and wondering what it is? Perhaps you’ve seen it available for purchase or maybe you’ve seen it on the menu down at Red Robin? Either way, I’m going to be walking through this condiment here today. By the end, you’ll know exactly whether to give it a try.

So, what is campfire sauce? Campfire sauce is a signature sauce created, sold, and distributed by Red Robin – an American casual dining restaurant chain known for its gourmet burgers. Campfire sauce is creamy, sweet, and smokey in flavor and is best spread in burgers or used as a dipping sauce for fries and/or onion rings.

Campfire sauce is the culmination of over 50 years of work.

And it does not just stop here.

Red Robin has a portfolio of amazing sauces on offer; ensuring that all the foods on their menu can be maximally enjoyed.

Nevertheless, their signature campfire sauce is a popular favorite and for good reason.

Let’s now see why!

What Is Campfire Sauce Made Of?

Campfire sauce is made of a combination of mayonnaise, peppers, salt, sugar, various herbs, spices among other natural flavorings and extracts.

That’s the gist of it.

The full ingredients of the Red Robin brand available for purchase is actually as follows:

Mayonnaise (Soybean Oil, Corn Syrup, Water, Egg Yolks, Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Spice (Includes Mustard Seed), Calcium Disodium Edta Added To Protect Flavor), Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Distilled Vinegar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Natural Smoke Flavor, Salt, Molasses, Brown Sugar, Paprika, Mustard Bran, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Soybean Oil, Onion Powder, Corn Syrup, Spices, Tamarind Concentrate, Sodium Benzoate As A Preservative, Soy Sauce (Water, Salt, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Corn Syrup, Caramel Coloring), Xanthan Gum, Natural Flavoring, Caramel Color, Garlic Powder, Anchovies (Fish), Soy Flour, Citric Acid, Garlic Extract, Light Brown Sugar, Apple Cider Flavored Vinegar (Distilled Vinegar From Grain, Natural Flavor With Caramel Color), Water, Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative)),Hoisin Sauce (Sugar, Water, Soybeans, Salt, Sweet Potato, Modified Corn Starch, Sesame Seeds, Garlic, Wheat Flour, Chili Peppers, Spices, Caramel Color, Acetic Acid, Red 40 Color), Garlic, Shallots, Contains Less Than 2% Of Modified Corn Starch, Hot Sauce (Peppers, Vinegar, Salt), Chicken Base (Chicken Meat Including Natural Juices, Salt, Maltodextrin, Chicken Fat, Sugar, Dried Whey (Milk), Natural Flavors (Soy), Turmeric, Soybean Oil, Ancho Pepper Concentrate (Red Chili Pepper Puree, Ancho Powder, Salt, Corn Oil), Whiskey, Potassium Sorbate And Sodium Benzoate (Preservatives), Smoke Oil (Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor Extract), Dried Chili Peppers

Quite the list right.

But when you start going through it, you can start to get an understanding and appreciation of what it tastes like.

I’ll explain it below for you too.

Of course, there are knock-offs and homemade recipes too.

But these are not the original.

While they may taste great, you can expect something a little different.

Nevertheless, they are often based on mayonnaise, hickory-smoked barbecue sauce, and chipotle sauce.

The full recipe, and how to make your own, will shortly follow!

What Does Campfire Sauce Taste Like?

Campfire sauce tastes sweet, smokey, and creamy. It’s also relatively salty. Due to its bold flavors, a little generally goes a long way.

This sauce is also relatively thick in consistency, due in part to the mayonnaise component of the sauce.

Does Red Robin Sell Campfire Sauce?

Red Robin does sell their campfire sauce. You can purchase this sauce from all the major retailers, including the likes of Walmart and Amazon.

In fact, you can even get a variety pack on Amazon, that includes several different sauces from the popular restaurant chain.

This variety pack on Amazon in particular is a great buy. It provides you with the campfire sauce, but also allows you to try the Red Robin spicy ketchup and whiskey river BBQ sauce too!

One thing to note here is that the campfire sauce used in restaurants is generally considered to be a little different from the one that they sell in their bottles.

Many customers have reported that while the bottled options do taste great, it is not quite the same as the real thing found in-restaurant.

Campfire Sauce Recipe

Campfire Sauce Recipe

If you want to go ahead and make your own campfire sauce, you'll be pleased to know that it's actually quick, easy, and quite cheap to do.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup hickory smoked barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco Chipotle Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


    1. Add all ingredients in a bowl and stir together well.  
    2. Let the sauce rest for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Refrigeration is generally best and advised.


So now you know what campfire sauce is, what is made of, what it tastes like, and how to get your hands on same.

Or, you can even now make your own.

And it’s certainly worth a try.

Either in-restaurant or at home.

It’s very flavorsome and packs a punch.

Just remember – you don’t need much.

Related Questions

Is Red Robin Campfire Sauce Vegan?

Red Robin Campfire sauce is not vegan for three reasons. Firstly, the recipe includes egg yolk (as part of the mayonnaise), secondly, anchovies (a small fish), and thirdly milk – are all included to make this sauce.

How Many Calories In Red Robin Campfire Sauce?

There are around 80 calories per serving of Red Robin Campfire sauce. This roughly equates to 30 grams of the sauce. 7 grams of fat and 3 grams of carbohydrates are found in each serving.

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