A Big Mac has two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame seed bun. In 1975, McDonald’s launched a campaign that would forever cement the Big Mac into the North American zeitgeist, and, well it’s still here today.
Part of the reason the sandwich is so popular is the special sauce, known as “Big Mac Sauce” or “Secret Sauce.” People have speculated that it’s merely Thousand Island dressing, or a hybrid of various condiments, and until very recently, people were left with their speculations and no answers. That was, until McDonald’s literally uploaded a video to YouTube that explained the recipe in some detail.
So, if you can make it yourself, why is it that Australians are currently in a bidding war for a limited-edition bottle of the stuff? McDonald’s in Australia has developed 200 bottles of the special sauce, which are being sold exclusively on eBay, and as of today, the highest bid for a single bottle is listed at $22, 260 (CDN).
Yes, the money is going to charities, and that is really great, but it’s actually just a bottle of sauce. A sauce that, we’ll repeat, you can make yourself. A sauce, also, that for Australians, will be available for purchase in stores come February (in smaller sizes than the squeeze bottle on eBay, but a take-home version nonetheless).
It’s one way to spend more than $20,000, that’s for sure. But if you don’t have the kind of dough to drop the equivalent of a down payment on a home for a condiment, don’t worry, there are hundreds of recipes on the Internet. Here, for your pleasure, are four recipes that cost pennies to make: