I’m Sarah.

After graduating college, I worked as a TV news reporter at an NBC affiliate outside of Chicago. I then retired from that life to be a stay at home mom to my three little ones. While at home I was able to rekindle my love for decorating and crafts. A blog seemed like the perfect place to share those ideas. There is inspiration everywhere, I hope you find some here.

j dawgs secret sauce

j dawgs secret sauce

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While Danny and I were at BYU we loved stopping by J Dawgs on our way home from class. It was a little hot dog stand that opened up right after we were married and we moved kind of near there. We ate there enough to know that it was the best hot dog place ever. We still talk about it and it's been almost 6 years since we have eaten one of the delicious dogs.  So when I came across a recipe on Pinterest that claims to be the famous secret sauce... I had to make it. I texted Danny right away and told him I may have found the recipe, and he was out running errands so he stopped by the store and we made them when he got home. They were just as good as we remembered. But to be honest... 6 years is a long time, so it may not be exactly like the real sauce because all we remember is that it was a sweet sauce that was really good... and this sauce is really good, so I am taking that lady's word for it that it's the J Dawgs sauce.

Ingredients:
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

Mix the ingredients in a saucepan and cook on medium heat. Let it boil for about a minute and then take it off the stove and let it cool for a little bit. Make sure to stir it every once in a while so it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.

Classic J Dawgs style is to cut a criss cross pattern on the top of the hot dog to allow the sauce to soak in to the dog and not the bun. Our grill is all covered up for the winter so we used our George Foreman but I can't wait to cook these on the grill.

Get a nice thick hot dog bun (we toasted our buns in the oven for a little bit), top the dog with the secret sauce, and whatever topping you want and enjoy! We topped ours with chopped up banana peppers, chopped red onions and a dill pickle spear. SOOO good!

If you are in Provo or Orem, you have the luxury of just stopping by J Dawgs, but for everyone else, this can be a substitute for you.

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