East Main McDonald's to participate in national sauce celebration

Sauce from 1998 reintroduced after comedy show inspires Internet demand

Megan Petersen
Farmington Daily Times
The McDonald's location at 4750 E. Main Street in Farmington will take part in a nationwide event celebrating sauce Saturday.
  • Comedy Central's "Rick and Morty" featured the sauce in its third-season premier.
  • The sauce originally was released in 1998 to celebrate the release of Disney's "Mulan."
  • The closest sauce will be available in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Flagstaff.


FARMINGTON — A local McDonald’s will participate in a nationwide event celebrating sauce Saturday.

The 4750 E. Main St. location will host a poster and sticker give-away starting at 2 p.m. 

The promotion is part of a national movement bringing back a limited-edition sauce called Szechuan Sauce “in response to customer enthusiasm,” according to a press release from McDonald’s. 

Szechuan sauce is a sweet and spicy Asian sauce that includes balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, plum sake, soy sauce and Sriracha, according to a McDonald’s copy-cat recipe published by Time Magazine’s Money blog

According to a Wikipedia fandom page devoted to McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce, the fast-food chain carried the sauce in 1998 as a promotion for the release of the Disney film "Mulan." The sauce was available for a limited time with a Chicken McNuggets Happy Meal. 

In April, a TV show on Comedy Central’s Adult Swim called Rick and Morty featured the sauce in its third-season premier, according to the Wikipedia page. Fans of the show took to social media demanding McDonald’s return Szechuan Sauce to the menu after the premier. 

This week, McDonald’s announced on Twitter that the sauce would, in fact, return for limited release on Saturday. The sauce is available at select restaurants throughout the country, though Four Corners residents would have to travel to Albuquerque, Rio Rancho or Flagstaff to find the sauce, which will be served on Saturday only while supplies last. 

The 4750 E. Main St. McDonald’s will give away collectible posters and stickers to customers who order Buttermilk Crispy Tenders in the restaurant, according to the press release. McDonald’s partnered with Delicious Design League to create custom designs for each of McDonald’s eight signature sauces, as well as the limited-release Szechuan Sauce. 

McDonald’s spokeswoman Erica Asmus-Otero said McDonald’s “anticipate(s) a large turnout” at participating locations.

More information about the event is available at

Megan Petersen covers business and education reporter for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4621.