New York System Hot Dog Sauce

Submitted by: Albert DiChiara, Sociology

This is my uncle’s version of the meat sauce that is used on the famous New York System Weiner (yes, they spell the word incorrectly), which is found only in Rhode Island. This is as close to the original as one can find, so don’t go looking on the web for others as you will be disappointed. Yes, there is a bunch of fat in this sauce, but don’t be a wimp-you are only spooning a tablespoon or two on your weiner.


  1. - 1 pound fatty hamburger (70 is preferable)
  2. - 2 ounces finely chopped onion
  3. - ¾ ounce chili powder (1 ½ tablespoon)
  4. - ¾ ounces allspice ( 1 ½ tablespoon)
  5. - 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. - ½ teaspoon curry powder
  7. - ½ ounce garlic powder (1 tablespoon)


Cook onion and hamburger with just enough water to cover and simmer with a cover on for three hours. (I use my rice cooker). You want the meat to cook down to the consistency of sand. Add the salt and pepper, chili powder, cinnamon, curry, allspice and garlic powder and cook additional one hour.
The weiner in constructed in a steamed bun in this fashion: weiner, yellow mustard, finely chopped onion, meat sauce, and a sprinkling of celery salt. Choose a mild weiner since the sauce is spicy. The usual serving is three per person.