Thanks to the enthusiastic fanbase behind Rick and Morty, McDonald's decided to bring back the sauce — in limited amounts for one day only. Since the Golden Arches reportedly distributed just 20 packs of the cult classic sauce to participating stores, an aftermarket quickly formed where the one-ounce packets sold upwards of $400 on eBay.
Wanting to get in on the craze, Youtube star Oliver Babish — star and creator of the Binging With Babish Youtube channel — says he was able to recreate the sought-after sauce.
Using an alleged "spy photo" from McDonalds HQ that contains the ingredients a part of the sauce and some sample sauce, Babish thinks his version of the sauce is a near-duplicate to that which was offered in stores.
The recipe is surprising pretty simple and includes several pantry staples including water, white vinegar, white sugar, and soy sauce. Add in a little apple cider vinegar and a splash of sesame seed oil before sprinkling in equal part of garlic powder, onion powder, and ground ginger and the end result is something Babish says is "near-identical to the Mulan-inspired goop from 1998."
If you're wanting to make your own run at whipping up a batch of the Szechaun sauce because, you know, you don't want to spend hundreds online for a measly ounce, be sure to check out the video above.
Babish's channel is full of all sorts of goodies as he attempts to make a "Krabby Patty" from Spongebob Squarepants, some of Chef's "Chocolate Salty Balls" from South Park, and one of Bob's Burgers.
In case you don't watch Rick and Morty and haven't the slightest idea on how the sauce rose to prominence after 20 years, here's a quick refresher:
In the third season Rick and Morty premiere episode, "The Rickshank Rickdemption," Rick is interrogated by a member of the Galactic Federation who wants to know what the secret to Rick's portal gun is. The gun, you see, allows him to travel across dimensions at will. Rick then makes up a story to con the Federation, during which he and the interrogator go to McDonald's to try the limited-edition Szechuan sauce. At episode's end, Rick reveals to Morty that the point of the trip was simply to taste the limited-edition sauce once more.
The joke was originally put in the show to rip on series co-creator Justin Roiland who happens to be obsessed with the sauce. After the show premiered, McDonald's sent Roiland a McJug of the sauce.