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If you’re ordering out Pizza or making a Homemade Pizza, make this Papa Johns Garlic Sauce! With only 5 ingredients to give you Lip Smacking Butter Garlicky Goodness in about 5 minutes. Put some Pizzazz on your Pizza with this Homemade Papa John’s Special Garlic Dipping Sauce.

Made with a special Ingredient that really takes this over the top. Resulting in a Buttery Garlic Kick like no other. It’s what brings it all together.

This is my take or version of a Papa Johns Garlic Sauce. You will see other recipes online just combining Butter or Margarine with Garlic Powder & Salt or Garlic Salt. Yet it’s missing something. It’s not quite the same as Papa John’s. It’s because it’s missing out on that Buttery Kick and just a hint of acidity. This recipe will give you your fix.


Soybean oil, water, salt, vegetable mono & diglycerides (maintains sauce consistency), garlic, natural flavors, soy lecithin (maintains sauce consistency), lactic acid (maintains freshness), sodium benzoate (maintains freshness), calcium disodium EDTA (maintains freshness), citric acid (maintains freshness), natural beta carotene (for color), vitamin A palmitate (enhances flavor).


It is made up of only Five Ingredients. Despite its simplicity. It results in a Phenomenal Sauce, used classically for dipping Pizzas and Twisty Bread/Bread Sticks. Although, it can be used for a wide variety of other foods.

Papa Johns Garlic Sauce with fine garlic powder

Papa John’s Special Garlic Dipping Sauce Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Butter Popcorn Seasoning
  • Fine Garlic Powder
  • Pinch of Citric Acid


Use real Butter for better flavors. Although Margarine can also be used, Butter is really much preferred.

Gay Lea Butter


Neutral Oil

Soy Bean Oil, Sunflower – which is the one I use, or a Neutral Oil is used to thin out the Butter. This also leaves it in a liquid state or close to it. Olive Oils or other flavored Oils do not work and ruins the taste by overpowering it.

Sunflower Oil

Sunflower Oil


Use a Fine Ground Garlic Powder. You can use Garlic Granules, and I did originally when creating this recipe. After I got my hands on some fine Garlic Powder, this does indeed work out much better. Using Garlic Granules, the Garlic will settle at the bottom, which you just stir before serving. Not really a big deal. But the Fine Garlic Powder does work much better. I still use the same amount (1 1/4 tsp), but you can adjust this to suit your taste.


AH the Secret Ingredient! Not only does this up the Buttery Flavor throughout the dish, especially since the Oil is introduced for consistency. But it offers a vibrant color to the Sauce as well as introducing the Salt component.

I had to go out and order the Garlic Sauce from Papa John’s. Just to test the Garlic Butter Sauce side by side to see which was better, and WOW!

I must say mine is pretty strong and bold compared to Papa John’s and that is certainly more preferable for me. I believe this recipe to be much better. You can tone it down by adding in less Garlic & Butter Popcorn Seasoning, I like it Bold Smack your Taste Buds Good!

Butter Popcorn Seasoning

Butter Popcorn Seasoning

This is the secret ingredient and what makes this recipe stand out from the rest.

I pick this up at the Bulk Barn under the name “Buttered Salt – Popcorn Seasoning”.


Only a very small amount, a few granules of Citric Acid. I just pinch the Citric acid and add it in. Maybe like 1/4 of 1/8 tsp. It shouldn’t be noticeable, but assist in lightening up the Sauce.


Now that you got an awesome Garlic Butter Dipping Sauce for Pizzas and other Pizzeria Foods. Head on over to my collection of Pizzeria Recipes categorized under PIES PIzza and have a Pizza Night.

Make up some Pizza, Garlic Fingers & Twisty Bread. Then lay out the Three Dipping Sauces. Pizza Sauce, Donair Sauce, Garlic Sauce and enjoy.

Papa Johns Garlic Sauce Pin


Homemade Papa Johns Garlic Sauce! Using only 5 ingredients to give you Lip Smacking Butter Garlicky Goodness for Pizza & Bread sticks.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: Breadstick Dipping Sauce, Garlic Butter, Garlic Butter Dip, JAH Garlic Butter Dip, Papa Johns Garlic Butter Dip, Papa Johns Garlic Butter Sauce, Papa Johns Garlic Sauce, Pizza Dipping Sauce
Servings: 1 portion
Author: JAH


  • 1 Tupperware Bowl


  • 1/4 C Butter
  • 1/4 C SunFlower Oil
  • 1 1/4 tsp Fine Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Butter Popcorn Seasoning
  • Pinch Citric Acid - just a few granules


  • Combine all the ingredients together in a small bowl and mix well. Microwave briefly until barely melted, mix and serve.
  • To store the Garlic Butter Sauce. Place into a small Tupperware container and cover to refrigerate. Reheat briefly before serving.


Use to dip your Pizza Crust, Twisty Bread Sticks, drizzled over Garlic Fingers! 
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