Onions in Red Sauce for Hot Dogs

Recipe by Rita1652

Chopped onions on a hot dog are good but this onion sauce a traditional topping for a New York hot dog is better.

Top Review by TxGriffLover

Great recipe, Rita. I like this better than Sabrette's onions. I made a few minor adjustments. When sauteeing the onions I also added some tri-color mini sweet peppers. My garlic was hickory smoked in my stove top smoker, and I added a few extra cloves (we are garlic-holics). I also added about a tablespoon of Steen's cane syrup to offset the vinegar. Salt was not needed at all. The result was a sweet/sour oniony smoky relish that I put on bacon-wrapped dawgs that were cooked in the rotisserie. Delicious!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sauté garlic and onions in olive oil.
  2. When onions are tender add ketchup, choice of cayenne or pepper flakes and paprika.
  3. Simmer over a low heat for about 15 minutes.
  4. Add vinegar and simmer 30-45 minutes.
  5. Add salt to taste.
  6. Serve over grilled hot dogs in steamed buns.

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