Happy Independence Day! Hopefully you’re enjoying your long weekend celebrating the birth of our amazing nation! We could see two fireworks shows from our balcony Friday night; it made me feel so patriotic! I love the upswelling of pride & emotion I feel when singing “The Star Spangled Banner” (especially the third verse!). America’s awesome!

This year the term “Independence Day” has taken on new meaning for us Cougar fans as well; as of July 1st, BYU Football has gone Independent! That means that we East-Coasters will actually get to watch a few games for once. That’s definitely something to celebrate too!

So in honor of the grilling holiday that is the 4th of July, & in honor of BYU’s declaration of independence, here is one hot dog that will change your life. Well, two. (We’re in start-cleaning-out-the-pantry-not-buying-more-jars-of-things mode now, so you need to use your imagination when it comes to the delicious condiments.)

Back in Provo there is a legendary little establishment known as J-Dawgs. They make the best hot dogs. Best. & this is coming from someone who appreciates a good New York cart dog, so you know it must be true. Because we live so far away, the last time we were there was when The Munchkin was only 6 months old & barely eating rice cereal & sweet potatoes, so until now she had not experienced the rite of passage for every BYU fan that is…

The Special Sauce.

My friend Barbara somehow got the recipe — lives may or may not have been lost in the procurement of this secret — & gave it to me. It changed my life. It’ll change yours too.

(Half of this recipe is plenty for 4-6 dogs)

  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  1. Combine ingredients in a saucepan & heat just to boiling on medium heat.
  2. Drizzle over your favorite grilled (George Foreman works just fine) Polish or beef hot dog (we went with the NYC cart-style Kosher dogs, to add a little East Coast twist to this Mountain West institution) in the best hot dog roll you can find. If your grocery store under-prioritizes hot dog rolls as much as ours does, you may end up with the lame white Wonder buns. That’s okay too. Just this once.
  3. Top with your favorite hot dog condiments (I like banana peppers alone; My Husband The More Adventurous & Less Prone To Caring What His Breath Smells Like Because I’ll Still Kiss Him Afterwards Anyway likes banana peppers, diced onions, & a dill pickle spear). Just please, go without the ketchup this one time.
  4. Savor.

Now, this will not replace the experience of biting into a foil-wrapped, crisscross-scored, nestled-in-a-fresh-baked-bakery-bun J-Dawg right there, but for those of us a couple thousand miles away, it definitely helps hold us over until next time.

Are hot dogs on the grill at your 4th of July party? How do you like to top them?

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Filed under Holidays, Recipes

12 responses to “J-Dawgs.

  1. Barbara Ence

    So glad you loved the recipe 🙂
    Also, we love this sauce with Costco hot dogs. They sell them in their frozens section! It’s the same dogs as they sell in their food court. Also, Millers brand hot dogs are pretty yummy–they are big dogs, like Costco but they are $$. We found them in Safeway, I think. We like the buns they have at costco–I think they are francisco brand? I don’t know if there is a costco near you, or if there will be one in Florida, but we love it!
    Happy 4th of JUly! 🙂

    • Thanks again for this recipe, Barbara! Good call on the Costco hot dogs & buns… We’ll finally be living somewhat close to a Costco for the first time in 4 years, so I’m looking forward to getting another membership to reap the benefits!

  2. vblanchard

    We’re moving so I can’t justify buying more condiments either, but I cannot wait to make this! Thank you for posting!

  3. I got teared up tonight watching the fireworks hearing The Star Spangled Banner as well. Something about that song always does it. Makes one proud to be an American.

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this @ {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    I can’t wait to see more from you on Sunday!

  5. I am printing this recipe for dinner tonight – we’re having hotdogs! It’s now official 🙂 Looks great! I’m loving all these summer dishes!

  6. Shut uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup! You’ve got the recipe?? I’m pinning this now!
    Thanks 🙂

    • Diana

      fyi… not the actual recipe, it has many more ingredients, but I’m sure this is great! (Yes, I’ve seen the actual one as they helped me determine if it was gluten free for my son. It isn’t, but not because of soy sauce, they don’t add that. It’s worchestershire.)

  7. Lindzie H

    I can’t believe you got the recipe. 🙂 I saw this on pinterest and here I am. And since we currently live in DC and can’t get J-Dawgs, I will be trying this 🙂 At least Cafe Rio came a little closer

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