Give Your Franks the “Dirty Water Dog” Treatment

There are many ways to prepare and consume hot dogs. There’s the grilled dog, air fried dog, split or spiraled dog, and the chili dog. Then there’s the more unusual “dirty water dog” — those classic, iconic dogs you get from a cart on the street (usually in New York). The dogs are cooked and held in a vat of salty, seasoned water, and they’re plump, juicy, and infused with flavor. The good news is that you don’t need your own hot dog cart to give your hot dogs the dirty water vibe. All you really need is a big pot of water, some red wine vinegar, a few choice seasonings, an optional pinch of curing salt, and, of course, some hot dogs — just make sure they’re not skinless. 




6-10 hot dogs (not skinless) 

1 quart of water 

2 tbsp red wine vinegar 

⅛ tsp ground cumin 

Pinch of garlic powder 

Pinch of nutmeg 

Pinch of curing salt (optional) 


Add everything but the dogs to the pot, bring it to a boil, then reduce to a bare simmer. Add the dogs, cover, and cook for at least 10 minutes. Remove from the burner and serve on steamed buns with your favorite toppings.