Comeback Sauce with Ras el Hanout and Harissa

Comeback Sauce
Comeback Sauce with Ras El Hanout and Harissa is a great new version of the traditional sauce which is a cross between Thousand Island and remoulade sauce. Perfect on sandwiches, burgers, fried foods or as a dip with veggies, this Comeback Sauce with Ras el Hanout and Harissa will have them coming back for more!

Comeback Sauce

The Origin of Comeback Sauce

Comeback Sauce is a combination of Thousand Island and Remoulade Sauce, said to be invented in Jackson, Mississippi. I had never heard of it until I spied an article in the WSJ not so long ago. Where have I been? Well, I guess not Jackson, Mississippi. In any case there are many versions that seem to combine similar ingredients but not being a traditional sort, I decided to make my own. After tasting it I’m sure y’all will be singing, “Y’all come back now, ya hear?”, which is what my MIL always said to us when we left to fly back home. Now you would think that my MIL knew about comeback sauce and perhaps she did, but she never shared! Maybe we would have come back sooner!

Ras el Hanout

This also seems the perfect time to introduce you to the seasoning Ras el Hanout. I’ve been using it for some time but I’ve  just spotted it in my local Kroger, so I thought it time to post a recipe with it. SO, say hello to MY comeback sauce recipe. After all everything evolves and this is one way this comeback sauce did. Ras el Hanout is from Morocco, not Jackson Mississippi. It translates to top shelf and typically refers to the best spices the shop has to offer. It seems to contain every spice that begins with the letter”c”. Think cumin and coriander and cinnamon and cloves and cardamom. Add in some cayenne and nutmeg and paprika and about 4 more spices, because traditionalists seem to think that ras el hanout should have at least 12 different spices. There are so many variations on this and as I’ve tried many, I can tell you that each taste similar but different. Just like Comeback Sauce!

Comeback Sauce with Ras el Hanout and harissa

What is comeback sauce made of?

My Comeback sauce is made with ketchup, not chili sauce. But then that’s not quite true because I did add a dash of harissa which is Moroccan chili sauce. I did use mayo and mustard and sweet and dill pickles, plus a little pickle juice. I threw in a bit of fresh jalapeno but any hot fresh pepper should work. And last but not least a bit of Ras el Hanout which is what made this sauce sing! I think that’s what I love about spices. With so little you can do so much! However….isn’t there always a however? If you can’t find Ras el Hanout, you can still make this sauce. It will still be good but it won’t have that little something extra that everyone always asks about. However….they still won’t stop eating it!

Check out my Comeback Sauce recipe. I used it over a loose meat ground chicken sandwich and made cute little sliders for dinner. They disappeared fast. But I’ve also used this sauce instead of mustard on sandwiches, and love to drizzle it on fried shrimp. I can’t wait to hear what you’ve used it on. Tell me, tell me please! And until next time…Y’all come back now, ya hear?

Comeback Sauce with Ras el Hanout and harissa

Sauce seems to enhance most any food. Here are two new ones I should try:

This mango chipotle sauce sounds incredible! Thanks Oh Sweet Basil! I’m forever looking for a chili sauce that tastes like the sauce on the sauce buns at the A & W in Kankakee. I don’t know if this Hot Dog Chili Sauce is it, but I’m willing to give it a try! If it is, I will be bowing to Today’s Creative Life!

And here are some of my favorites:

Berbere Spice Rub and Marinade

Berbere Sauce

Peruvian Green Sauce

Peruvian Green Sauce

Teriyaki Sauce

Teriyaki Sauce

Please Enjoy and Please Share!


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Comeback Sauce

Comeback Sauce with Ras el Hanout and Harissa

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder


Comeback Sauce with Ras El Hanout and Harissa is a great new version of the traditional sauce which is a cross between Thousand Island and remoulade sauce. Perfect on sandwiches, burgers, fried foods or as a dip with veggies, this Comeback Sauce with Ras el Hanout and Harissa will have them coming back for more!




3 T ketchup

2 T yellow mustard

4 T mayonnaise

1 T diced jalapeno

2 T chopped sweet and dill pickles

1 T harissa

3 T pickle juice

1 t Ras el Hanout (if you have it!)

1/2 t sugar

For Chicken Sandwich:

1 lb ground chicken

1 T oil

1 c diced onion

4 slider buns


Combine all sauce ingredients and whisk well. Set aside.

To make the chicken sliders:

Heat 1 T oil in skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken and when halfway cooked and with little pink remaining, add diced onion. Finish cooking.

Stir as much of the comeback sauce into the chicken as you like and divide between the four slider buns OR place the ground chicken on the slider bun and top with sauce. Serve with pickles!

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  • Healthy World Cuisine
    June 26, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    This sauce sounds amazing. We are sure we would keep coming back for more no matter what you slathered it on.

  • Susan
    June 25, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    You are so adventurous, Abbe! I’ve have neither so this would be a whole new experience for me 🙂

  • Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    June 25, 2018 at 8:07 am

    I’ve never heard of comeback sauce either. Clearly I need to spend more time in Jackson, because I’d drench everything in this delicious sauce! Have a great week, Abbe!

  • David @ Spiced
    June 25, 2018 at 6:09 am

    I love the name of this one! It totally sounds like something a small diner in the South would’ve whipped up…and then become famous for. I’ve spied ras el hanout (and I might even have some in the pantry), but I’ve yet to use it in a recipe. I clearly need to fix that problem! This sauce sounds amazing, and we often have leftover grilled meat in the freezer for quick weeknight meals, too. Thanks for sharing!

  • All That I'm Eating
    June 25, 2018 at 4:07 am

    Oh my goodness! This sounds amazing! I can see a jar of this not lasting very long as it sounds like it would go with everything!

  • Mimi
    June 23, 2018 at 6:38 am

    My life revolves around sauces and condiments, so I’m copying this recipe for sure!!!

  • Jeff the Chef
    June 23, 2018 at 3:49 am

    I’ve never heard of this sauce. It sounds interesting.

  • Holly
    June 22, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    I am going to check out that spice, it sounds perfect for this sauce!

  • Liz
    June 22, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    What an intriguing sauce! I’ve never heard of it nor the ras el hanout! Wonder if it’s made it to our Kroger—I’ll be looking!! I love remoulade and thousand island, so I have a feeling I’d love this on my sandwich!

  • John / Kitchen Riffs
    June 22, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Wherever you’ve been, I must have been too — I’ve never heard of Comeback Sauce either! Sounds interesting. And I love Moroccan spices, so the ras el hanout and harissa are just up my alley. Thanks!