Sabretts Onions in Sauce

Walking the streets of Manhattan you see the Sabretts pushcarts everywhere.  While these may not be in your town, you can make their special onions in sauce topping for hotdogs with this copycat recipe.

a bowl of homemade Sabrett Onions in Sauce

Walking the streets of Manhattan, you see the Sabrett’s pushcarts everywhere. While these may not be in your town, you can make Sabrett’s special onions in sauce topping for hot dogs with this copycat Sabrett onion sauce recipe.

Sabrett’s onions in sauce has a delightful tang – rich tomato flavor, a little sweetness, and a slight kick of heat. It’s a delicious hot dog topping. You can buy this onion sauce in a jar, but it will never taste as good! Pre-made is never as good as homemade, don’t you agree?

Sabrett’s hot dogs are known as New York City’s number one hot dogs. Whenever you order one from a vendor cart under the distinctive blue and yellow umbrella, you will enjoy a wonderfully tasting all-beef hot dog contained in an all-natural casing. NYC just wouldn’t be the same without Sabrett! Plus, if you so desire, you can even have your own colorful Sabrett umbrella!

Sabrett’s onions in sauce has a delightful tang, a little sweetness, rich tomato flavor, and a slight kick of heat. It’s a delicious hot dog topping.

Ingredients

  • Olive Oil
  • Onions
  • Water
  • Tomato Paste
  • Corn Syrup
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Vinegar

Sabrett Onion Sauce Ingredients

Chop and saute onions.

Add water, tomato paste, corn syrup, cornstarch, and salt. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes.

Add vinegar and simmer for an additional 30 to 45 minutes until the liquid is reduced and thickened.

homemade Sabrett onion sauce in a pan

Enjoy this delicious hot dog topping without having to get it on a pushcart in New York.

Best Hot Dog Toppings

Hot dogs are a perfect food. They don’t cost much and are nearly impossible to mess up. Everyone has their own idea about what they want on their hot dog. In fact, there are probably more foods that go well with hot dogs than foods that you would never put on hot dogs. Here are some of the most popular toppings and hot dog condiments:

  • Mustard – Mustard is a classic topping. Go with good ol’ yellow ballpark mustard, brown, or Dijon.
  • Ketchup – With its rich tomato taste, this is among the most popular hot dog toppings, especially when combined with mustard.
  • Cheese – Cheese is a no-brainer. For something different, dress your dog up Seattle-style with cream cheese, but, honestly, any kind of cheese is going to taste good on a hot dog.
  • Onions – Onions are another popular addition to hot dogs. They can be diced and served raw, but also sliced, fried, and caramelized. And, of course, there are Sabrett onions.
  • Coleslaw – Coleslaw has become an American side dish staple. Coleslaw often accompanies hamburgers, sandwiches, and, of course, hot dogs.
  • Sauerkraut – This fermented cabbage dish is popular on hot dogs because of its characteristically tangy and zesty flavor.
  • Relish – Add a little sweetness with relish, a condiment made from pickled diced vegetables or fruit. Cucumbers and vinegar are the most common ingredients found in relish.
  • Chili – Chili is a hot dog topping that must be cooked instead of simply cut or pickled. It can be made from beans, meat, or a combination. Chili dogs turn a regular dog into something special.

homemade Sabrett onion sauce in a bowl and on top of two hot dogs

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Thanks for CarolynTLyons for sharing this recipe.

a bowl of homemade Sabrett Onions in Sauce

Sabretts Onions in Sauce

Make this New York City classic hotdog topping at home and enjoy this delicious New York street food whenever you want. Warm your bun, put in your dog, squirt on some mustard, and add theseonions. Yummy! Thanks to CarolynTLyons for sharing this recipe.
4.23 from 9 votes
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Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sabretts Onions in Sauce
Servings: 10
Calories: 23kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cups onions sliced thin and chopped
  • 3 cups Water
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 2 teaspoons Corn Syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 Cup Vinegar

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté the sliced onions in oil for 5 minutes, until the onions are soft but not brown.
  • Add 3 cups of water, corn syrup, corn starch, tomato paste, salt, and pepper flakes and stir. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
  • Add vinegar. Continue to simmer an additional 30-45 minutes or until most of the liquid has reduced and the onionsauce is thick.

Nutrition

Calories: 23kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Comments

  1. Wanda

    4 stars
    It was good tasting,but,1/4 cup of vinegar was just too much and I used 2 cups of water instead of the 3,next time I may add a little extra paste and less vinegar and see if that works,but all in all,I would make this again.

  2. Evelyn Gaetani

    This recipe is the closes to the Sabretts onions you can purchase in a jar for $3.50. Very good. Try it You wont be disappointed.

  3. RVAmom

    My mother’s secret recipe is actually ketchup sliced onions and pepper flakes. The ketchup has a lot of what all the other ingredients listed do.

  4. Baltisraul

    5 stars
    Over the years Sabretts have been the official hot dog of the Yankees, Mets and Red Sox. There are only 3 hot dog brands we buy other than Sabretts. Sahlen’s and Hofman. Luckily Publix carries all three brands. Wait for the BOGO sales and stock up as all three are a little pricey. We have never tried the sauce but we are about to give it a try.

  5. reannonluv

    Hi…I have made this before and it is yummy I worked at a hot dog stand here in L.A, CA…it is 1/4 teaspoon of the red pepper flakes, add them with the paste…cider vinegar is best…4 cups of water is better…also it is better to add the onions after the initial 45 minutes of cooking…you run the risk of the onions disintegrating…saute for the 5 minutes then add in the second part of cooking…hope this helps–Please don’t buy this sauce in a can it will never taste as good! My question is–where can you buy the Sabrett’s here in Los Angeles? My boss would not tell me where he got them–they are the best ones to eat!

  6. trish L

    I’m a ex-Nyer and the one thing I do miss is the onion sauce and dogs from the carts! This sauce was Excellent! Thanks so much!!!!!

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