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Authentic New York City Hot Dogs Recipe

An authentic New York City hot dog is made with an all-beef frank and topped with mustard and an onion-tomato sauce.

Inspired by Let the Great World Spin and We Were the Mulvaneys

Prep Time: 15 minutes   Cook Time:  45 minutes     Yield:  8 hot dogs


New York Style Onion Sauce

  • 1 large onion, sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 8 hot dog buns
  • 8 all-beef franks, such as Sabretts
  • Your favorite mustard
  • Sauerkraut, if desired


  1. Combine the first 10 ingredients of the onion sauce in a saucepan over medium-high heat.  Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low.  Allow to simmer for 40 minutes.  Add ketchup and Worcestershire.  Simmer for 1 minute.  (As an alternative, place the first 10 ingredients in a crock pot and cook on low heat while at work.  Then add Ketchup and Worcestershire, turn up heat and simmer for 1 minute.)
  2. Grill or steam hot dogs and warm buns.   Place hot dogs in buns.  Squirt mustard, then spoon onion sauce over hot dogs. Top with sauerkraut, if desired.

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  1. really yummie, we like it a lot! Greets from Germany

    Comment by Hotte on April 3, 2013 at 12:49 pm

  2. Kraut, on top of onions? Wadda ya’ from Jersey?

    Comment by BigDogJim on November 19, 2013 at 2:09 am

  3. Ha … just a humble ol’ Texan.

    Comment by Annie on November 20, 2013 at 5:55 am

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