Guy Fieri Reveals the Origin Story Behind the Term ‘Donkey Sauce’


We are thankful that no actual donkeys were harmed in the making of this sauce.

Donkey sauce has become just as synonymous with TV personality Guy Fieri as his bleached blonde hair and explosive taste for Flavortown, USA. Guy Fieri’s famous donkey sauce is a mayonnaise-based sauce made with garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard. But you may be wondering why this well-known condiment has such an unfortunate-sounding name. Guy Fieri revealed the origin of the sauce’s classification in an interview with Las Vegas Magazine, and, thankfully, it has nothing to do with donkeys.

“When I was younger, I was working on a Carnival Cruise in the kitchen,” Fieri said in the interview. “I explained to one of the other chefs that you have to put the sauce on the burgers. He has this really thick accent and asks, ‘Why?’ ‘You have to put the sauce on the burger or you’re a jackass.’ And he goes, ‘Jackass? What’s a jackass?’ ‘It’s a donkey.’ ‘Oh, so it’s donkey sauce.’ That’s really how it happened.”

Fieri also claimed that in all of his years as the flavor-loving face of the Food Network, no one has ever actually asked him that question.  


Last month, Guy Fieri announced that he will open his first two international restaurants in Abu Dhabi and Mexico.