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Bob's Big Boy Sauce

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Rating: 5/5
10 reviews
1 comment

ready in: 2-5 hrs
serves/makes:   1 cup

recipe id: 57460

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1 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons dill pickle relish (well drained)
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1 dash paprika
1 pinch garlic powder


Hand mix all ingredients and refrigerate several hours. Stir before use.

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103 calories, 12 grams fat, 1 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams protein per tablespoon. This recipe is low in sodium. This recipe is low in carbs.
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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Added this to the condiment table at our last bbq for the burgers. Everyone raved about it. Thanks for the recipe.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I use this with fish sticks and french fries lol!

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Aug 8, 2013

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
very close to the original sauce...thank you

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Absolutely dead on. Just like Big Boy's

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
This is a decent enough recipe, but it's not like the red relish that I used to get at the Bob's in the Los Angeles area. It's taken me years to develop a recipe that satisfies my Bob's craving. Here it is:

Bob’s Big Boy Red Relish
As reinvented by Mark Perkins, aka TheBurgerDude

Makes about 7 pint jars

2 cups roughly chopped cucumbers
1 roughly chopped onion
1 seeded and roughly chopped green pepper
1 seeded and roughly chopped red pepper
1 stalk roughly chopped celery
2 Tbsp Kosher salt (or 1 Tbsp pickling salt)
½ tsp turmeric
3 cups water
1 Tbsp whole allspice
1 Tbsp whole cloves
1 Tbsp mace
1 Tbsp celery seed
1 Tbsp whole peppercorns
2 inches stick cinnamon
½ tsp dry mustard
½ clove garlic
1 ½ bay leaves
2 cups cider vinegar
4 medium sized ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded & chopped
1 cup sugar
2 tsp mustard seeds

Using a food grinder with the coarse plate (I use my KitchenAid attachment), grind the cucumbers, onion, peppers and celery together into a large non-reactive bowl. Add salt, turmeric, and water and mix well. Continue with the remaining steps while letting this mixture stand overnight.

In a square of cheesecloth, tie up the allspice, cloves, mace, celery seed, peppercorns and cinnamon. Bring this spice packet and the vinegar up to a boil in a large non-reactive pot. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.

Increase heat to medium, and add the tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered until the tomatoes resemble a puree – about 30 minutes. Add sugar and mustard seeds, cover, and let stand overnight at room temperature.

Now drain the vegetable mixture that has been sitting overnight in a strainer, pressing out any excess liquid.

Add the drained vegetables to the tomato mixture and bring to a boil over medium high hear. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 30 minutes. Remove spice bag.

Ladle into jars and process for 15 minutes. Let relish mellow for at least a month before using, and refrigerate after opening.

To make the burger, use a sesame seed bun cut into three pieces; a top, middle, and bottom. Toast each cut side. On the bottom, add a spoonful of mayo, some lettuce, a slice of American cheese, the patty, the middle part of the bun, the next patty, relish, and finally the top bun.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This was very comparable to original manner's big boy sauce. Yummy!

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Aug 19, 2009

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I was looking for a tartar sauce recipe. I have never had Bob's Big Boy Sauce. This recipe was fanctastic. I used dill pickles and instead of onion power I used shallots and a little extra lemon juice. This was great on fried cat fish. Thanks for the recipe.

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Sep 17, 2009

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
by using hellmans mayo//the taste is like the old MANNERS big boy

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Have not had a big boy with this sauce in years. Made the sauce today and it was exactly as I remembered it. Thanks!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
the BEST sauce ever

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While many of the Big Boy restaurant franchises did serve their burgers with thie thousand island style relish, Bob's Big Boy (mostly in California and the West) served theirs with a red "steak" relish (no mayo). Today you will find there are a few Big Boys in California that server the one described here, but those are now franchises and they use the Elias Brothers franchise recipe.

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