Manhattan's Sabrett's Hot Dogs With Their Famous Onion Sauce

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"In Manhattan, Sabrett's is well known for their garlicky all-beef franks. Sabrett's make their dogs custom-made and in Manhattan they are well known all over the city by their yellow and blue umbrellas. They are served with mustard and warm sauerkraut, like the Coney Island Hot Dog, but Sabrett's have a rich orange colored sweet-tart onion sauce. By itself, the onion sauce is nothing special. But with the mustard and kraut, it is the perfect balancer. The recipe given here is a clone that was tested and deconstructed to resemble the original (the original is a secret recipe). Source: amzingribsdotcom"

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (253.5 g)
  • Calories 308.4
  • Total Fat - 15.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 4.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 27.3 mg
  • Sodium - 720.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 31.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.7 g
  • Sugars - 7.9 g
  • Protein - 10.4 g
  • Calcium - 116.1 mg
  • Iron - 3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 15.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

Combine the water and cornstarch in a bowl and whisk it until there are no more lumps. whisk in the tomato paste, balsamic, mustard, brown sugar, hot sauce, and cinnamon.

Step 2

Warm the oil in a large skillet, not a non-stick, over medium high heat. Add the onions and sprinkle with the salt. (This helps pull the moisture out).

Step 3

Move them around occasionally with a wooden spoon so they don't burn. Cook until the edges start to brown. (Whatever you do, do not let them burn). Add the garlic and cook for another minute.

Step 4

Add the liquid, stir, and rub the pan with the wooden spoon to scrape up all the flavorful fond, (the brown bits on the bottom). Turn the stove to low and simmer with the lid on for 1 hour.

Step 5

Check frequently to make sure it is not burning and the water has not evaporated. Add water if needed. The final result should be thick, not runny, but not pasty. After an hour, taste and adjust salt and other flavors as you wish.

Step 6

While the onions are simmering, warm the kraut in a pan or for 15 seconds in the microwave, cook the franks (I'd steam them), and prepare the buns (I'd toast them in a skillet lightly with butter).

Step 7

Lovingly place the franks on the bun, squirt on the mustard, add the onions, and then the kraut. Hum quietly, I'll take Manhattan...

Step 8

*NOTE: About the onions. Red onions often have an extra layer of tough paper under the outer layer. Make sure you remove it.

Step 9

About the tomato paste. If you want, you can substitute a 2 tablespoons of ketchup or a sweet tomato based Kansas City style barbecue sauce for the tomato paste.*

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Yum! They are so delicious; you will eat more than one! Great on the grill or inside. Winner winner!

review by:
(5 Dec 2020)


This sauce is so good on hot dogs and sausages. If you try it I bet you can't eat just one!

review by:
(3 Jul 2019)


That is one great onion sauce! Hot dog buns are rather scarce here in small town Saskatchewan this time of the year which had me improvise on the bun, used my Feather Bread recipe and made several hot dog buns. Worked so well I think I will be making my own buns this summer! Really liked the salt tip. As a previous reviewer I too cooked my wiener along with the onions with great results! I am thinking to giving this a go on hamburgers. Has been saved to my BBQ Cookbook!

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(3 Apr 2019)

Seaside Helene

Good golly Miss Molly, these dogs are delish! I used Shields individual link dogs. They were delicious with the added toppings! Served them up with kettle chips and pickles for a great lunch!

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(27 Mar 2019)

Bergy (RIP" Forever in our Kitchen)

5 star plus I wouldn't know a Sabrett dog from a Chihuahua but I do know a super delicious onion sauce for a HotDog. This sauce is just wonderful, add sauerkraut, a good quality weiner (I used a Euro weiner), a bit of mustard and a Portuguese bun and you will be in HotDog heaven. I cooked my weiners with the onions.Even my friend that is super fussy said "Wow" to the onion sauce. Top of the list for super dogs.

(14 Aug 2016)