Make Your Own Big Mac: Internal Marketing Video Reveals Exactly What’s In McDonald’s Special Sauce

While McDonald’s special sauce is copyrighted, it isn’t quite a secret — the recipe has been bandied about on the Internet for awhile now, apparently — now we’ve got the list of makings from the mouth of Executive Chef Daniel Coudreaut himself (aka the man who found nothing unhealthy on McD’s menu). The ingredients are discussed in what is reportedly a marketing video out of the company’s Canada arm.

After someone named “Christine” asks via some kind of purported social media flashed on a screen, “What’s in your special sauce?” Coudreaut gets comfortable in the video by removing his white chef’s jacket to cook an at-home Big Mac.

He wastes no time saying that the sauce isn’t a secret anymore, and shows the ingredients he’s using to make it: mayo, sweet pickle relish, yellow mustard, onion powder, white wine vinegar, garlic powder, and paprika. Although in what amounts, you’ll have to figure out for yourself.

The rest of the steps are pretty unsurprising — make a stacked cheeseburger using cookie cutters to create perfect beefy circles and pile all the ingredients on that you want.

Anyone else feel kind of deflated at such an anti-climactic unveiling? Not that McDonald’s has ever registered on our scale of climactic event companies.

Previously in McDonald’s Canada and its new campaign of openness: Creating A Burger Optimized For Photos, Not For Eating

“What is in the sauce that is in the Big Mac?” [McDonald’s Canada YouTube]


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  1. PunditGuy says:

    I haven’t had a Big Mac in the better part of 30 years, but I’m doing these at an upcoming dinner party with fresh ground beef, parsley/truffle fries, apple cardamon turnovers, mudslide milkshakes, and a bowl of complimentary cholesterol meds.

  2. McRib wants to know if you've been saved by the Holy Clown says:

    Forget the Big Mac.
    Tell us how to make delicious McRibs at home!

  3. bnceo says:

    He said ingredients found in a supermarket. Not the actual ingredients they use. Yawn. Misleading title.

    • Bagels says:

      guessing it might be a bit tough to track down polysorbite 80, carageenan gum and FD&C yellow #82

      • The Colonel says:

        I’m sure in 2030 polysorbite 80 is available at the corner market, but in 2012 it’s a little hard to come by.

  4. dks64 says:

    I don’t understand the appeal of the Big Mac. Even as a meat eater, I found McD’s gross.

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      Second that. If I’m forced to eat at McDonald’s because it’s literally the only choice, I will get a grilled chicken salad, or a snack wrap. I tried the Angus bacon burger, and while it tasted good when I ate it, I felt sort of bloated and weird for a while after eating it.

    • StatusfriedCrustomer says:

      The real secret to Big Macs is how to remove the bread to achieve the proper bread-to-beef ratio. As I recall, you remove the bottom bun and then flip around the middle bun so that you have Top – beef – beef – middle. Both outer edges are dry so you can hold it.

      • Bagels says:

        Burger King should never have gotten rid of the Big King….that was the way a Big Mac SHOULD be, i.e. a decent amount of beef

    • Draw2much says:

      You know, growing up in MS I hated McDonalds. Their food always tasted gross. Then I moved to North Texas. I know they get the exact same ingredients, but somehow the MS McDs tasted terrible while the TX McDs tastes… good. Not the best ever (mmm, I live that title to Smash Burger), but good. It seems to me that people weren’t trained well (or just didn’t care) in MS, and that makes a very big difference in the quality of food.

      That being said, I don’t particularly enjoy the Big Mac. I don’t like the sauce or the extra bun. :-/

    • awesome anna says:

      OMG I freaking love Mac Sauce!!! I always get it on the side so I can dip my fries in it! I used to ask for extra on the big mac, but then they would over do it and it’d be one big soggy mess.

  5. highfructosepornsyrup says:

    That big mac looks closer than the official big mac picture than any actual big mac I’ve ever seen.

  6. humphrmi says:

    You could spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to mix those ingredients to the proper taste, or you could go to the store and buy a bottle of thousand island dressing.

  7. wombats lives in [redacted] says:

    It’s hard to climax with the creepy clown always watching over me there.

  8. savvy9999 says:

    I’d ask what is the meat in a Big Mac first.

    I suspect a nifty grind of mechanically separated horse, kangaroo, nutria, and pigeon.

  9. Lennie Patrick says:

    One of the “Big Secrets” books said the sauce was mostly a Thousand Island dressing variation.

  10. DaveInBillsburg says:

    Man, McDs is making a serious effort to try and show people don’t have to worry about their food. Considering they have considerable clout in Washington and their franchise owners are usually loaded (and by extension usually have the ear of state politicians), what do they know that the rest of us don’t?

  11. Santas Little Helper says:

    It’s thousand island right?