The Truth About Arby’s Roast Beef

The Truth About Arby’s Roast Beef

Even if you have a favorite fast-food burger,
you gotta admit: You can go anywhere to get one of those. If you want something different, head to Arby’s
and pick up a few of their roast beef sandwiches. They’re delicious, but here’s the thing: they’re
weird. Here’s why. Arby’s built its business on roast beef. “Don’t worry, mom. I’m eating right.” “Don’t worry, mom. He’s eating right.” But the fast-food giant has been broadening
its horizons in recent years. In 2018, Arby’s launched a brand-new ad campaign
with this slogan: “Arby’s. We have the meats. “For sandwiches.” According to The Wall Street Journal, the
entire campaign was designed to let people know there’s much more to Arby’s than roast
beef. The campaign features a character referred
to as the “Head of Sandwiches,” whose whole schtick is wondering why people only associate
Arby’s with a certain kind of meat: “Why do people still think Arby’s is just
roast beef when we have seventeen other sandwiches?” “Maybe it was because the last time you went
to Arby’s, you were with your grandparents who ate exclusively roast beef. Every meal.” Don’t worry: Arby’s isn’t turning its back
on roast beef. The fast-food chain just wants to appeal to
a younger generation people who gravitate toward a more diverse array of sandwiches,
and not their grandparents’ roast beef. You’ve probably heard this one before. A lot of people believe the name of the fast-food
chain is a pun on “roast beef.” R.B. Arby’s. Get it? Well, you might as well forget it because
it’s simply not true. Arby’s has tweeted more than once about how
it got its name: “We came up with the name Arby’s from the
initials of our restaurant equipment company, which was Raffel Brothers. That became R-period, B-period; Arby’s.” Arby’s might be trying to clarify the misconception
now, but it was a different story back in the Eighties, when the company even used an
acronym in its advertising slogan: “You and I love America’s Roast Beef — Yes,
Sir!” In 2015, Arby’s invested in redesigning its
restaurants and kitchens. “We have our tenth remodel under construction
right now. That’s ten this year and we’re so excited
about the results.” To understand what goes into serving up America’s
favorite fast-food roast beef, Business Insider went behind-the-scenes in one of the new locations. They discovered that Arby’s roast beef is
left to marinate in, quote, “a roasting bag” and then it’s slow-roasted for approximately
four hours. After that, it’s sliced to order for each
customer, whether they’re standing at the counter or waiting at the drive-thru. Sounds unlikely, right? But this has been confirmed by numerous employees
on Reddit, including one former cook and cashier: “All of the roast beef is cooked daily and
sliced to order just moments before it gets on the sandwich and into your hands.” Now that people are paying closer attention
to the food they’re eating, fast-food chains have been under more scrutiny than ever. Take a peek at Arby’s nutritional information,
and you’ll find there’s a way to eat pretty well and lots of ways to eat not-so well. Read up on the Classic Roast Beef, and you’ll
find it’s actually not that terrible for you. It’s only three-hundred and sixty calories
and contains fourteen grams of fat, which is pretty good for a fast-food sandwich. It also contains about nine-hundred and seventy
milligrams of sodium, which ain’t great, but there are definitely way worse selections
out there. “The new Smoked Italian Porchetta. Meat gift-wrapped in meat. A present you give to yourself.” Don’t be fooled into thinking all of Arby’s
roast beef options are healthy. If you opt for something a little meatier
like the Half Pound Beef ‘n Cheddar, you’re looking at seven-hundred and forty calories,
thirty-nine grams of fat, and twenty-five hundred and thirty milligrams of sodium. To put that in perspective, the American Heart
Association claims your daily sodium intake shouldn’t be more than twenty-three hundred
milligrams, and ideally it shouldn’t be more than fifteen-hundred milligrams. Just one single Half Pound Beef ‘n Cheddar
will take you right over the limit. According to Snopes, a particularly disgusting
urban legend about Arby’s dates back to at least 1997. This long-standing rumor suggests Arby’s roast
beef is actually imitation meat, made from gels, liquids, and pastes that are later shaped
into a vaguely meat-like lump and turned into sandwich filler. “Arby’s. Still making sandwiches filled with… sliced…
something.” Fortunately for humanity, Snopes confirms
there’s absolutely no truth to this story whatsoever. “Delightful.” “Delectable.” “Delicious.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Mashed videos about your favorite
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100 thoughts on “The Truth About Arby’s Roast Beef”

  1. They use Oscar Mayer, Cagle Chicken ( in Georgia),Sara Lee turnovers, Land o Lakes butter/cheese, Sunbeam bread, etc. No mystery suppliers or no name products.

  2. Interestingly enough they can say that the "roast beef" is at least beef; however, the slices come from a glued together, mixed up beef parts, ground, and extruded into a look-a-like slice of "roast beef". It doesn't taste bad, but it definately is not a real roast beef slice. This is true no matter what they try to tell you. It's how the statement is formed it is not synthetic beef, its beef, but not an original cut of roast beef. It's all in the wording…

  3. I like Arby's. I always ask for lettuce, tomatoes and onions but I only receive the smoked brisket with BBQ sauce on the sandwich.
    Somewhat of a disappointment. Just wish Arby's would do as I request. The Curly Fries are always a hit.

  4. If you crave gyros & don't have any ethnic food places in your town Arby's gyros are a good option. Well done with fresh tomatoes, red onions & that great gyro sauce.

  5. I understand Arby's wanting to stay current and give more choices, but nothing beats the humble regular roast beef.

  6. I like my local Arby’s- it’s always clean, the staff is courteous, and service is prompt πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜

  7. Arby's we have the Meats between out legs …and for sandwiches too……. is that why they had to add "for sandwiches…. because we were thinking between the lrgs ???

  8. The roast beef so processed, it's not really beef. Buy a nice commercial slicer, bake your own Sirloin Steak and slice. This stuff is plastic at best

  9. Not enough Arby's in LA. Always wondered how they stayed in business since I was a kid. Guess they try harder in other areas.

  10. Where is β€œANY” kind of meat. Spent $50.00 two days ago. We haven’t eaten Arby’s for years & now I remember why. The sandwiches they advertise look so huge and appetizing. You should be sued for false advertising! When I opened my sandwich wrapping there was no meat in site. Bun on bun was all I could see. I had to lift it open just to make sure there was meat. There was to my surprise a very small amount of roast beef in the center, one half a slice of bacon and maybe a whole teaspoon of cheese. Never again will Arby’s trick me out of my money.

  11. Arby's is the only fast food restaurant that I can eat and not feel sick as soon as I'm done eating it. It's definitely not the highest quality but for what it is , it's pretty damn good and delicious. I used to hate Arby's we a kid but my gf just got me into it after about a decade of not trying it. It instantly became my go to place replacing McDonald's.

  12. I don’t believe them, that roast beef does not taste like roast beef. It tastes like meat with additives similar to what you get when you eat bologna or hotdogs.

  13. I try it one time in 1993 just once i never eat the alian food i never eat McDonald's food i will try them again in the year 1 1 6565

  14. I worked there the roast beef is pretty freaky looking until its cooked but i still eat there thats how good the food is

  15. Arbys sells some of the best dog food money can buy, everything fast food makes me wanna throw up after one bite, but my dogs love it!

  16. The classic roast beef is 360 cal. But then slather on A bunch of sauce. Then you order fries. Then a large pop now you're well over 1000 cal. Don't get me wrong I like doing to Arby's. There's one just down the street from where I live. But I I get so frustrated going there because every time I go there I get a couple slobs that order trays full of food and then I have to stay on there and wait with my tray while they fill up their large sodas and I bought a dozen of those little white cups full of sauce.

  17. I miss the Conestoga roofed buildings. Worked there in high school. We even had the 30-ft hat-shaped sign out front. We also had fresh-made daily coleslaw. BUT DAMNIT – POTATO CAKES SHOULD BE BAKED, NOT FRIED!!!!


  19. The buns suck ! I always get the 1/2 lb. Or all you get is bun, and all I put on it is salt, and all you taste is that nasty bun ! That's like a $9.00 sandwich only you'd think they would use a Kaiser roll or French bread roll or some shit, but get rid of that cheap ass nasty bun that taste like shit !

  20. Those calories and salt intake stats don't matter if you are active and using them up daily. . Something else will kill you first.

  21. If it's good enough for Archer it's good enough for me. Open an Arby's in Amsterdam New York. I have to drive to Cobelskil for my Arby's.

  22. If you actually got a sandwich that even came close to the adds i might still have one, but when there's 4 times more bread, and you have to look to see if they actually put meat on it, ya, there's a problem..

  23. People….this garbage isn't anything more than 'chopped & formed' unidentifiable 'mystery meat'.; much like spam. It is devoid of flavor and substance. Some of the worst crap out there….

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  25. Remember tasty ArbyQ`s? You could buy 5 for $6. Now IF you find them like 4 bucks a pop. I`m sad about that. How about 5 for $10 and I`d be happy again.

  26. Good to know. Can't stop myself to run and eat. Thank a lot. Hope you continue maintaining the quality and safety standard. I think viewers can find this helpful in this case

  27. I love Arby's beef and cheddar sandwiches. Especially with equal amounts of bar-b-cue+ horsey sauce!! and I always dip my curly fries in the horsey sauce!!Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm good!!

  28. Exactly I worked for Arby’s Roast Beef and everybody thought that…I said nope they do market fresh sandwiches salads chicken

  29. i worked at arbys in the early 80's and know exactly what goes on behind the scenes…and I don't care…i still eat eat there…

  30. I'll admit I eat a bit more fast food than i should,probably about 3 times a month but I tell ya every time I eat at Arby's it's just delicious,it just tastes more fresh than most fast food that's out there.

  31. Fuck arbys devil worshipers who put signs up about kids and if they cant plant there asses and shut up they can leave. Arbys we got the meats in our asses shut up ya evil scumbags

  32. Unfortunately snopes is not a reliable source of information. Might as well get information from wikipedia also…..

  33. Arby’s use to be real ((( Rare ))) bloody salty beef back in the 70’ & 80’s now it’s like boiled ham texture. I had it last week in 15 years I’ll never go back it sucks now but the Millennials will never know how good it was……

  34. Arby's roast beef is NOT a cut of beef from a cow. It's not made from eye of round or London broil. No, it is a bunch of different cuts pressed together into FRANKEN-COW!!!

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