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Comeback Sauce Recipe

This Comeback Sauce recipe with Ras El Hanout and Harissa is a great new version of the traditional Mississippi 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!

The Origin of Comeback Sauce

Comeback Sauce is a combination of Thousand Island and Remoulade Sauce, said to have been invented in Jackson, Mississippi at a Greek restaurant where it was served as salad dressing.

Kind of funny when I saw the ingredients because my mother used to make us a version of Thousand Island dressing that was basically a combo of ketchup and mayonnaise.

I had never heard of Mississippi comeback sauce 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 the traditional goodbye my MIL always shouted at us when we left to fly 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!

comeback sauce chicken sliders

What is Comeback Sauce Made With?

Comeback sauce is typically made with ketchup, mayonnaise and Heinz chili sauce-the Heinz 57 variety which is something mom always kept in the fridge.

Add in a touch of Creole mustard or a teaspoon dry mustard powder, a dash of Worcestershire sauce and some black pepper, along with some minced onion or onion powder, perhaps some garlic, and you are on your way to a great sandwich spread or your own house dressing.

Spice things up with a bit of hot sauce or lemon juice. Add in some paprika for flavor and extra color.

I loved the idea of this delicious sauce so much that I took it to the next level and came up with my own variety of comeback sauce.

What do you use comeback sauce for?

I mentioned salad dressing, but this Southern comeback sauce recipe also becomes a perfect dipping sauce for French fries, onion rings or chicken fingers, popcorn shrimp and other favorite finger foods.

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 just spotted it in my local Kroger, so I thought it time to post a recipe with it.

SO, say hello to MY version of the 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.

Comeback Sauce Sliders

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!

 What is comeback sauce made of?

My Comeback sauce is made with 3 tablespoons ketchup, not chili sauce.

But then that’s not quite true because I did add a dash of harissa which is a Moroccan chile sauce.

Sweet chili sauce would change the savory flavor but could also be fun to try.

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!

Chicken Slider with Comeback Sauce

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’s always fun to try something new!

This kissing cousin of remoulade, is one special sauce.

Store the extra in an airtight container.

Don’t forget this makes a great burger spread instead of plain old ketchup and mustard.

I won’t tell you this savory sauce is my favorite classic Southern sauce. I’ll reserve that for my remoulade.

However, this is the perfect condiment for lots of Southern foods.

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 Chicken Slider

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

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Comeback Sauce

Comeback Sauce with Ras el Hanout and Harissa

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: American


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!


Units Scale


3 T ketchup

2 T yellow mustard

4 T mayonnaise

1 T diced jalapeno

2 T chopped sweet and dill pickles

1 T harissa or Heniz 57 chili sauce

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

Tuesday 26th of June 2018

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


Monday 25th of June 2018

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

Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

Monday 25th of June 2018

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

Monday 25th of June 2018

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

Monday 25th of June 2018

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!