Great Hot Dog Sauce Recipe


One of my fondest memories as a teenager growing up was eating a Dirty John Hot Dog at New Way Lunch in Glens Falls, New York. They have a hot dog recipe sauce, cooked in a crock pot that I’ve missed for 22 years. Having the opportunity to travel the world, sometimes in questionable living conditions, I’ve looked for a place that had a hot dog recipe sauce like New Way Lunch. I’ve had some good sauces but none measured up.

Summer is almost here in New England and time to get the motorcycle and camping trailer ready. Riding the motorcycle is such a stress reliever. Tertia and I enjoy taking the bike out whenever possible. Whether it’s for a day ride or a weekend getaway. A few of our favorite places are the beach in Misquamicut, Westerly, RI; Bentley’s Saloon in Arundel, ME and Lake George, New York. I consider the Lake George area my home because I grew up in South Glens Falls, New York, 10 miles down the road.

After I joined the Air Force in 1981, I had not been back to the area for over 20 years. When I retired from the Air Force I accept a Restaurant position in Massachusetts with a Restaurant Company. I just wanted to get back to the area I grew up in.

Back in the day, friends and I would stop by after a night out and have 3 or 4 each. I was happy to find out they were still in business when I went up for the Americade Motorcycle Rally in Lake George. They now have 3 locations featuring their hot dog recipe sauce.

motorcycle run

The saying, it’s not about the destination, it’s about the ride is true but it’s nice to have a reward. For Tertia and me, it’s the hot dog sauce recipe in Glens Falls. Since I can’t find a good hot dog recipe sauce locally, I would need to make it myself in the crock pot.

Last summer we made the 4 hour ride to taste that hot dog recipe sauce and do some camping during Americade. We’ve been going the last few years and it’s always a good time. It’s a win, win. Good food and good riding. The first stop is a diner on route 22 in New York. The place makes you feel you’re in Mell’s Diner. A place with fun locals, good food and excellent chicken salad sandwiches. Next stop is a hot dog with that great sauce at New Way Lunch. Just thinking about it makes me taste it. After eating about four hot dogs I was able to identify a few ingredients. Naturally the staff was not going to tell me and they won’t sell the sauce separately.

After buying 24 more to go, frozen and picked up the next day was I really able to tell what was in this hot dog recipe sauce. After a year of trying to duplicate their hot dog sauce recipe, I think I got close. What helped was using a Hamilton Beach Portable Slow Cooker,  allowing it to cook low and slow in a Crock Pot not only makes it easy to prepare, it lets you take care of those chores around the house. I hope you try it.
Hamilton Beach Portable Slow Cooker