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ONE OF Jim’s favorite memories is going to Chris’ Hot Dog place in downtown Montgomery, Ala. after church on Sunday nights. If you are looking for a guilt-free meal that supports your healthy lifestyle…this is not it. But, if you are looking for a delightful trip back through time to the early 50’s, Chris’ is the place. I am not sure anything has changed in the last fifty years. The hamburgers are supposed to be good too, but we always go for the dogs in the fresh, soft buns covered in sauerkraut and Chris’ secret sauce.

Recipe adjusted from recipe posted by Wanda Danner Mehlhoff in a Montgomery newspaper several years ago
  • 3 cups water or less
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 Tablespoons onion, minced
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons dry mustard
  • ½ cup barbeque sauce
  • 1 can hot dog chili sauce (Note from Tisha: I used the 10 oz. can of Castleberry’s American Originals Classic Hot Dog Chili Sauce…..got it from Publix)
  • option: I like to add 3 or 4 cloves of garlic (crushed) which I fish out before storing or serving the sauce.
  1. Add all dry ingredients in with water until dissolved and then add other ingredients. Simmer one hour until reduced to your liking.
  2. Chris’ also uses a special preparation on the sauerkraut.
  3. 1 can Silver Floss sauerkraut
  4. Open and drain
  5. Pour in clean water and drain
  6. Repeat
  7. Drain and put into boiler
  8. Add one can of water and bring to a boil.
  9. Drain and allowed to dry completely
  10. Store loose and dry in refrigerator.
  • For best results, buy uncut buns and cut them partially to create a “canoe” that will hold the delicious sauce. Steam the buns. Insert small all beef hot dog (Chris grills them), a little yellow mustard, chopped white onions, special sauerkraut and a liberal amount of the special sauce. Pair up a duo of these dogs with an ice cold coca cola, and a moonpie for desert and enjoy.

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