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Authentic New York City “Dirty Water” Hot Dogs

Updated: Sep 30, 2019

If you can't get to a hot dog vendor in NYC or don’t have access to New York water, this is the closest you’ll get to authentic New York City-style hot dog. The water isn’t really “dirty” it’s actually a seasoned brew of herbs and broth that helps to flavor the hot dogs as they simmer and stay hot. This recipe replaces New York City water with low sodium beef broth, which flavors as they cook to a perfect temperature in a slow cooker. These flavorful hot dogs are great for tailgating, enjoying on game day, or reminiscing of the good ol days at the ballpark.

To make NYC ”Dirty Water”:

  • 32 oz low sodium Beef Broth

  • 1/4 cup preferred ketchup

  • 3 TBSN red wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 TBSN sugar or preferred sweetener

  • Large yellow onion, peeled and sliced

  • 3 TBSN Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • Pinch of crushed red pepper


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Slow cooker Crock Pot, tongs, sharp knife, measuring cup, measuring spoons.

Prep: 35 minutes Cook: 60 min Ready: 95 min Serves: 6-8

1. In slow cooker, add beef broth and Dirty Water ingredients; stir to combine. Cook mixture on High for 30 minutes.

2. Add hot dogs, cover and cook for 60 minutes. The franks will begin to split because they start absorbing the flavored broth and increase in size. Reduce heat to low and simmer.

3. Use tongs to place in hot dog buns and enjoy with preferred toppings! Click here for Epic MANdog recipe variations.

1 serving: 110 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 200mg cholesterol, 190mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (11 sugars, 0 fiber), 11g protein.

Although hot dogs are a popular summer food, they are not recommended by health professionals due to its low nutrition levels and process of meat. A typical pork hot dog contains 204 calories and 18 g of total fat and 620 g of sodium — and this is before condiments are added. Consuming too many hot dogs over a long period of time may increase health risks like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and obesity.

an ice cold beer- skip the wine!

Beer-Soaked Dirty Water

Follow the basic recipe and replace half of the beef broth with a 12 oz can or bottle of your favorite beer!


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