How Arbys Roast Beef Is Made

Arby’s Roast Beef Copycat Ingredients

It goes without saying that roast beef and hamburger buns are the two ingredients needed for this Arby’s Roast Beef imitation recipe. But the kind of roast beef you choose will have a significant impact. Go straight to the refrigerated meat section instead of the deli counter. You are looking for pre-packaged ultra thinly sliced roast beef. I discovered that two brands that offered extremely thin roast beef that tasted fairly similar to the traditional Arby’s roast beef were Hillshire Farm and Land O Frost. Dont bother with the Buddig brand. Not only is it oddly pink in color, but it tastes nothing like Arby’s. or beef. or meat.

I bought a couple Arby’s sandwiches to compare, and before I ate, I weighed the beef. Each sandwich has exactly 2. Two ounces of meat (UPDATE: Readers who work at Arby’s have informed me that I should have received three ounces of meat), but feel free to add more if you’d like a larger sandwich.

Sesame seed hamburger buns are the ideal substitute for an Arby’s roast beef sandwich. I discovered that Pepperidge Farm even carried one with an Arby’s-style wavy top. However, in reality, any sesame seed bun should suffice.

No, it’s not liquid meat

Snopes says one of the most disgusting fast food urban legends about Arbys dates back to at least 1997, and its the story that their roast beef isnt beef at all. The claim basically says their roast beef is actually imitation meat, made from gels, liquids, or pastes, formed into a vaguely meat-shaped lump then roasted, cooled, and turned into sandwich filler. Nothing about it sounds good, and its a weirdly enduring story.

After doing some research, they went directly to Arby’s Quality Assurance. They declared that their roast beef is, in fact, entirely beef and that the story is untrue. They are fully aware of the rumors, and Jim Lowder from Arby’s wrote to Snopes, saying, “I appreciate your efforts in dispelling the urban legend surrounding Arby’s Roast Beef.” I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds stories of this kind frustrating. The answer to your question is no. Our product does not come in a liquid, gel, or paste form. “.

Of course theyll say that, the cynics think. However, it was independently verified time and time again by Arby’s staff members who worked in the kitchen and behind the counter.

It didn’t inspire the name of the chain

Another tale that most people have heard is this one: Arby’s was named after the initials of their flagship roast beef dish. Say “roast beef,” R and B, fast enough to reach Arby’s. You get it? It’s a fantastic tale, but it’s not true at all.

Arbys has tweeted more than once about the source of their name, stressing that while Arbys does actually come from the initials “R” and “B,” its not a reference to roast beef. Its actually referring to the chains founders, Leroy and Forrest Raffel: the Raffel Brothers.

Strangely, even though Arbys is trying to clear up the misconception today, Today notes that during the 1980s, Arbys actually included the source of their name in an advertising campaign. They said then that it was an acronym for “Americas Roast Beef — Yes Sir!”, which gave some serious creedence to the idea they named themselves after their flagship product. The 80s were a different time… and apparently were full of lies.