McDonalds Special Sauce Revealed

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How to Make a Big Mac

McDonald’s executive chef Dan Coudreaut recently revealed a homemade version of the Big Mac sauce on YouTube minus the all important ingredient measurements. Now, lovers of the Big Mac can get a similar version of the most popular seller complete with the special sauce. Chef Coudreaut also teaches you how to make the Big Mac from scratch in the video.

Now You Know the Special Sauce

Straight form Wikipedia, the name was popularized by a 1974 advertising campaign featuring a list of the ingredients in a Big Mac: “Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions – all on a sesame seed bun.”

Big Mac Sauce is delivered to McDonald’s restaurants in sealed canisters designed by Sealright, from which it is meant to be directly dispensed using a special calibrated “sauce gun” that dispenses a specified amount of the sauce for each pull of the trigger. Its design is similar to a caulking gun.

Inspiring minds want to know. Over the years, McDonald’s fan’s have agonized about what’s in the sauce. I grew up making the homemade version with a kicked up Thousand Island dressing. It was a close match but I don’t think McDonald’s will ever give up the exact sauce recipe. Also, let’s face it, part of the ambiance of McDonald’s is the aroma as soon as you pull into the parking lot. You won’t get that from your kitchen.

McDonald’s recently admitted that the special sauce ingredients were “not really a secret” because the recipe had been available online “for years. The ingredients for the Big Mac Special Sauce are as follows: mayo, sweet pickle relish, yellow mustard, white wine vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika (which helps give the sauce its color). You can play with the ratios to match what your taste buds crave.

Watch the video on how to make the Big Mac and special sauce below.

As the 1974 ad campaign says, you start with two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun. If you are singing this instead of reading it, you were probably born in the 70’s or before. The best part? All the ingredients can be purchased at the supermarket.

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 reports that McDonald’s has sold approximately 47 billion Big Macs. Keep reading for more fun facts and history on the Big Mac.

History of the Big Mac

More Wikipedia facts. The Big Mac was created by Jim Delligati who was operating several restaurants in the Pittsburgh area. The Big Mac was invented in the kitchen of Delligatti’s first McDonald’s franchise. The Big Mac first debuted at Delligatti’s  Uniontown, PA restaurant in 1967 at a selling price of 45 cents. The sandwich was so popular that it was added to the menu of all U.S. restaurants in 1968. One of its most distinctive features is a middle slice of bread (“club” layer) used to stabilize contents and prevent spillage.

The Big Mac is known worldwide and is often used as a symbol of American capitalism. The Economist has used it as a reference point for comparing the cost of living in different countries — the Big Mac Index — as it is so widely available and is comparable across markets. This index is sometimes referred to as Burgernomics.

McDonalds is a major sponsor for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London

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July 11, 2012

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1 Comment

  1. Parker Macak says:

    Great flavored sauce! Glad to finally know the secret of how to make it!


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