Blackie’s Hot Pepper Relish Recipe

Blackies Hot Dog Relish
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Blackie’s Hot Pepper Relish for Hot Dogs

Folks in Connecticut are serious about their hot dogs – this is a place where hot dog purists like their dogs skinless and ketchup is not allowed.  While there a many hot dog stands that top their dogs with a brown meat sauce, a super-spicy hot pepper relish seems to be Connecticut’s signature hot dog topping.

Blackies Hot Dog Stand store frontMany of these hot pepper relishes seem to have been inspired by the legendary stuff from Blackie’s Hot Dog Stand pictured here that’s been made by the same family using a top-secret family recipe for the past 80 years.  This is our best guess of what might go into Blackies Hot Pepper Relish.


3 lbs. (14) green peppers, remove seeds
3 lbs. (14) red peppers, remove seeds
2 lbs. (20) hot peppers,  leave seeds in (we used jalapeno)
14 onions, good size
1/2 box brown sugar
1/4 c. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. allspice
6 c. cider vinegar


Chop peppers and onions in a food processor until pieces are the size of your finger nail.  Place chopped peppers and onions in a large pot and add remaining ingredients.  Cook on low heat for 1 1/2-2 hours. You can eat immediately once cooled or you can pack in hot sterilized jars and seal.
Remove the seeds from the hot peppers if you like less heat.  Double amount of hot peppers for very hot relish.
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Comments (3)

  1. posted by Don Bragg on September 19, 2016

    I am about to try to make your relish which we have been enjoying since we used to dance with the dance to jut box in the side room. My question to you can I use apple cider vinegar or should I get plain cider vinegar,

  2. posted by Jay on August 9, 2015

    Hi, Great site! I was just wondering what you mean by green peppers and red peppers. Is that red and green bell peppers? I confess I don’t know a lot about peppers and I would like to try this.

    Thanks and count on me coming back!

    • posted by AwesomeHotDogs on August 10, 2015


      Thank you for the kind works, glad you like the site. Yes, I use green and red bell peppers which work great.



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