Hot Dog Relishes
When most people think of “hot dog relish,” I bet the first thing that comes to mind is that sweet, green pickle relish you find at the grocery store. And, to be honest, in a lot of hot dog joints around the United States, that is exactly what you’ll find.
However, there are a lot of unique hot dog joints where “relish” takes on an entirely new meaning. Some hot dog relish recipes are based on regional influences, some on secret family recipes. Some relishes are fresh, some are pickled, some are cooked. Some involve pickles, others involve peppers or cabbage. In fact the only thing that makes ties them together as a relish is that they are vegetable-based sauces or “slaws” that include a vegetable and a combination of vinegar, sugar, and salt.
Like everything else with hot dogs, the loyalties people feel for their favorite hot dog relish can be fierce. Local traditions dictate what what should or should not go on a hot dog and there is a lot of controversy about what exactly constitutes a “relish” that is appropriate to put on a hot dog.
There are parts of the country like Chicago, where a neon green pickle relish is everywhere and standard fare. However, in Connecticut, a hot pepper based hot dog relish is ubiquitous. Below is a list of 15 great hot dog relishes that are served across America. Let me know your favorite or send us a recipe if your favorite isn’t listed.
Hot Dog Relishes of the United States
Charlie Joseph’s Spicy Relish (Parts of Georgia)
Creamy Slaw Relish (most of the South)
Hungarian Onion Sauce (New Jersey)
Hot Pepper Relish (Connecticut)
Flo’s Hot Dog Relish (Maine)
Mustard Slaw (Tennessee and Alabama)
Neon Relish (Chicago and surrounding area)
Paul’s Place Relish (North Carolina)
Pepper Hash Relish (Philadelphia metro area)
Red Onion Sauce (NYC)
Roast Grill Slaw (Durham, North Carolina)
Rutt’s Hut Relish (Parts of New Jersey)
Sauce (Birmingham, Alabama)
Snappy Dogs’ Zucchini Relish (Parts of Massachusetts)