Hot Dog Sauce Recipe -
Hot Dog Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Hot Dog Sauce

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"A flavorful meaty sauce with a slight kick that is guaranteed to liven up any hot dog!"

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Original recipe makes 3 cups sauce Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    40 mins


  1. Brown beef and onion in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drain fat; cool mixture slightly. Place in food processor; pulse until mixture is finely crumbled, about 5 or 6 pulses. Return meat to skillet; stir in garlic. Cook for 3 minutes.
  2. Pour the ketchup and barbeque sauce into the skillet. Stir in the chili powder, mustard, pepper, salt, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper flakes, and water. Cook, uncovered, until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Season sauce with additional salt, if necessary.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 06, 2009

Very good, but in trying to match the hot dog sauce at a local landmark, I knew there was no barbecue sauce in it so I omitted it and instead added 2 tbsp. tomato paste, 1/2 tsp. cider vinegar, a little paprika and cayenne. I also increased the chili powder and cumin. This would be fine without using the food processor, but I did pulse this through a few times - again, to better match our local place's sauce....which I ended up doing, perfectly! Thank for the recipe! With my changes, it will appear at every one of our cookouts!

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 01, 2009

Rather than cooking meat beforehand, try putting everything in your pot and simmer for a couple of hours. Found that we like it best this way. No need for a food processor either.

Apr 29, 2009

Really tasty! After it simmered and thickened up I tasted it and added about a tsp of hot pepper sauce just for a little extra heat. Enjoyed it-Thank you!

Apr 12, 2010

good, but a lil too sweet. I made this for a bbq to try something diff, nobody put it on their hotdog but several ate it like a sloppy joe, on a hamburger bun. This makes a great sloppy joe recipe, i would add a lil more spice than sweetness tho

Jul 05, 2009

Great recipe. unfortunately, I had to mix in blender and meat was pureed, not chopped.Still loved it on a recent camping trip to the beautiful Catskill Mts!

Jun 16, 2010

This will be a staple at every BBQ we have this summer!

Jun 04, 2012

You can't go wrong making this per directions; your unique "signature" rests with YOUR CHOICE particular flavor style BBQ sauce, your custom amounts of chili powder AND that size "pinch" of red pepper flakes. This "sauce" has American Cook Out splashed all over it---and can inspire one to construct their own fancy Hot Dog. I butterfly cut the Hot Dog franks; speeds up grill time AND doubles the amount of franks, so everyone has plenty to enjoy!!

Jun 03, 2012

Very tasty! A great alternative to that canned stuff and very easy to prepeare. Adds unique flavor.


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  • Calories
  • 108 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.7 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 23 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 5.3 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 6.9 g
  • 14%
  • Sodium
  • 825 mg
  • 33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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