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Red Robin Campfire Sauce (Copycat Recipe)

This copycat Red Robin campfire sauce is finger-licking good!

It isn’t just another condiment, it’s an experience. Made with mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, and dried chipotle pepper, it’s a flavor explosion!

Fried potato wedges dipped in Red Robin Campfire Sauce.
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Creamy, smoky, tangy, and slightly sweet, this sauce is tantalizing. 

It’s the perfect dipping sauce for elevating your French fries, burgers, onion rings, and more.

You don’t have to swing by the restaurant to get it, either. Thanks to this copycat recipe, you can whip it up at home in minutes.

Get ready for a big punch of flavor. Red Robin campfire sauce is the all-purpose condiment your meals have been waiting for. 

Red Robin Campfire Sauce 

Red Robin knows how to do American food right. And their signature sauce recipe is off the charts!

It’s a zingy mayo-based condiment that’s super smoky (hence the name). One taste, and you’ll want to slather it on everything.

Using a smoky barbecue sauce is the trick for achieving the “campfire” effect. Also, it’s important to use chipotle peppers. 

It’s effortless and requires minimal ingredients. It’s the perfect pairing for fried foods and the best sauce for burgers.

Bunch of fries with robin campfire sauce.


You only need three ingredients to make this sauce. I have a good hunch they’re in your kitchen right now!

  • Mayo – It balances out the bold flavors and adds a nice creaminess. Full fat gives it the best consistency. But you can make substitutions according to dietary needs.
  • Barbecue sauce – It’s a crucial ingredient for the sweet tang. Use any kind you like. However, a smoky sauce will make it taste closer to the original.
  • Dried chipotle powder – Chipotle peppers are key in achieving a smoky flavor. Just remember, a pinch goes a long way.

How to Make Red Robin Campfire Sauce 

Making this sauce is super easy. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Measure the ingredients. Then, add the barbecue sauce, mayo, and chipotle powder to a bowl.
  1. Mix. Stir the mixture just until combined.
  1. Refrigerate. Place the sauce in the fridge for at least 1 hour. 
Bowl of dipping sauce with fried potato wedges.

Tips for the Best Campfire Sauce 

Follow these easy tips for the best possible sauce:

  • Brand name is best. Mayo and barbecue sauce are the two main ingredients. Therefore, quality matters!
  • Let it rest. An hour in the fridge will yield better results. If you can let it rest for a few hours, that’s even better.
  • Give it a tangy twist. Make it tangier by using half mayo and half Thousand Island dressing.
  • Dial up the heat. Add hot sauce or cayenne for a spicy kick. 
  • Make it a smoky sensation. Use liquid smoke for a more intense campfire flavor
  • Go vegan! Use non-dairy mayo to make it vegan-friendly.
  • Have fun with the ratios. You can make it creamier, tangier, or smokier by trying different measurements. 

Serving Suggestions 

There are so many wonderful things you can do with this sauce!

  • Make it a dipping sauce. It’s the ideal dip for chicken fingers, French fries, blooming onions, and more.
  • Slather it on a burger. The sauce is at home on a big, juicy burger. 
  • Use it like a spread. Forget mayo, use this sauce for a BLT sandwich. It’s also great on other sandwiches like a fried chicken or meatloaf sandwich. 
  • Drizzle it like a dressing. Use water or milk to thin out the sauce. Then, you can add it to salads, wraps, and more. 
  • Add it like a condiment. Put it on anything that needs a boost of flavor. Hot dogs, tacos, power bowls, the options are endless.
Spoon scooping on a bowl of dipping sauce made with barbecue sauce, full-fat mayo, and dried chipotle powder.

How to Store

If you have leftover sauce, it couldn’t be easier to store it!

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  • Place the sauce in an airtight container. Keep it in the refrigerator. It will keep for about a week. 
  • The sauce will thicken as it sits. Give it a good stir, and add a tiny amount of water if needed. About 1/2 teaspoon should do the trick.
  • Store the sauce in a glass container to avoid off-flavors. Also, avoid aluminum containers. It can give the sauce an odd taste. Plastic containers can also have lingering flavors. 

 Red Robin Campfire Sauce (Copycat Recipe)



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If you love Red Robin campfire sauce, make this easy copycat recipe at home! The blend of mayo, BBQ sauce, and chipotle pepper delivers the perfect kick.


  • 1 cup barbecue sauce

  • 1 cup full-fat mayo

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chipotle powder


  • Add the barbecue sauce, mayo, and dried chipotle powder to a medium bowl. Stir the ingredients until well-combined.
  • Transfer the sauce to an air-tight glass container. Refrigerate it for 1 hour for the flavors to meld. Serve it with your food of choice, and enjoy!
Red Robin Campfire Sauce

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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