While living in the Mid-Hudson Valley of NY I fell in love with this style of hot dog, particularly the sauce. My wife was born there and she loved them as well. When we moved to Texas it was a surprise to find, 'There is no such thing as hot wiener sauce in Texas.' I did a lot of research and found the recipe is a closely guarded secret that I had to crack. After years of experimenting I finally created the same experience we only had back in NY. Serve on your favorite hot dog with brown mustard, diced onion, in a steamed hot dog bun. This sauce will be thin, it is supposed to be, it is not a 'chili dog' recipe. The sauce will thicken as it cools. It freezes well.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
30
Yield:
30 servings
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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir water, ground hot dogs, vinegar, paprika, chili powder, sea salt, red pepper flakes, onion powder, oregano, cinnamon, white pepper, thyme, and black pepper together in a large stockpot; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 45 minutes.

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  • Stir cornstarch with just enough cold water to dissolve completely; stream into the hot dog mixture while stirring. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 15 minutes more. Adjust salt and pepper to taste before serving.

Nutrition Facts

36 calories; protein 1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 2.7g 1% DV; fat 2.3g 4% DV; cholesterol 4mg 1% DV; sodium 149.4mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2017
I can't thank you enough for this recipe! I grew up in Kingston eating Dallas Hot Wieners as well as Uncle George's. Missed them so much. As soon as this sauce started to come together I knew it was close to the real thing. The smells brought me back to my childhood and the sauce did not disappoint!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/18/2017
This isn't even edible, let alone close to the flavor of texas hots sauce. The picture in this recipe looks exactly what I was after. What this recipe produced, however, looked more like a red chili that smelled of vinegar and cinnamon. I was hesitant so make this because the 6 cups of water sounded like a lot. Even after reducing by half, it was incredibly bland. Nasty stuff. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2017
I can't thank you enough for this recipe! I grew up in Kingston eating Dallas Hot Wieners as well as Uncle George's. Missed them so much. As soon as this sauce started to come together I knew it was close to the real thing. The smells brought me back to my childhood and the sauce did not disappoint!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/17/2017
This isn't even edible, let alone close to the flavor of texas hots sauce. The picture in this recipe looks exactly what I was after. What this recipe produced, however, looked more like a red chili that smelled of vinegar and cinnamon. I was hesitant so make this because the 6 cups of water sounded like a lot. Even after reducing by half, it was incredibly bland. Nasty stuff. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2016
I grew up in Buffalo NY and have been trying to find a recipe for Texas Hots sauce. This is near exact. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2020
This sauce is just about perfect. I grew up in Jamestown NY and there still is a place there that makes sauce that's just about this version. Thank you for sharing it! Six Stars!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2018
I grew up around Jamestown NY and there's a place called AJ's Texas Hots and I've been to TexasHots in Wellsville NY (must stop every time we go back home) and I have to tell you the truth about this recipe. It's exactly the same if not better. I made a double batch for company this weekend thinking they could take some home with them but there's no way my husband is giving it up. The added bonus of the house smelling just like those amazing restaurants was priceless. Thank you so much for this recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2018
It is called Texas HotDog sauce because it was created bythe TexasHot restaurant in Wellsville NY grew up going there in the summers my grandparents lived and eating them fresh made in their restaurant this recipe is spot on! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2020
closest i've ever tasted to that of uncle Georges on broadway kingston---mike would never give me the recipe but the one hint he did say is the greek would never throw away unsold hotdogs--now i get it Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2020
I grew up 10 miles outside of Wellsville, NY in Andover. I haven't had a hot in a long time and I Live in FL. This is really close and the best I've had in quite a while. I would suggest cutting the red pepper down a bit as I don't remember them having this kind of heat. Otherwise, very very well done sir! Also, this is extremely important. You have to put some mustard on it to "activate" the sauce. Not much though. Maybe one or two passes up and down the hot dog. Also, you have to use an all beef Frank. Don't try this with a nasty turkey dog. ?? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2017
Being from the Hudson Valley in NY I knew exactly what it should taste like. I have tried many different recipes trying to find just the right one. This is perfect. I didn't have any white pepper to add but still tastes perfect. Thanks for your work finding the right ingredients to put together. Read More