It’s in the Sauce
One of the more unique additions to the Sabrett Hot Dog is their own proprietary “onions in sauce”, a standard at New York push carts and elsewhere that Sabrett’s are found.
Sabrett’s now signature sauce was invented by Alan S. Geisler, an MIT-trained food technologist who died January 6, 2009 at the age of 78.
What’s in it? According to the package: onions, water, tomato paste , corn starch, salt, sugar, olive oil and spices. The package suggests in addition to topping dogs and burgers, one might like to try it in a meatloaf or pot roast recipe. That sounds like a good idea.
Hot dog toppings/sauces vary around the country, as you well know. Where I’m from in the Midwest, “chili” is the norm, which is a spicy, meaty sauce (no beans, tho). I’ve had “hot dog sauces” similar to Sabrett’s in the Deep South, and particularly in Alabama, hot doggers seem to enjoy their onion-based hot dog toppings.
You can purchase the onion sauce where Sabrett’s are sold; if you live outside of their marketing area, you can buy online, along with their signature mustard and kraut!
(Ed. Note – Marathon Enterprises, Inc., furnished sample foods for this series).