9 Best DIY Condiments for Hot Dogs

Elevate your hot dog to new heights.

Hot Dogs with Grilled Pickle Relish
Photo: Con Poulos

Add a flavorful homemade sauce or topping to your hot dog and you'll never look back at jars and squeeze bottles. Here are nine killer DIY condiments to take your dogs to new heights.


© Tina Rupp

This slightly tangy Southern vegetable relish is terrific with everything from hot dogs to cornbread and is a perfect way to preserve summer produce like bell peppers and green tomatoes.

Grilled Pickle Relish

Hot Dogs with Grilled Pickle Relish
© Con Poulos

In place of overly sweet store-bought relish, we grill dill pickles, then combine them with onion, vinegar, mustard seeds, and parsley for a smoky, well-balanced relish with delightful pops of mustard seed.


Cheater's Chutney
© John Kernick

Mixing together sweet apricot preserves, scallions, and cider vinegar results in an easy, fabulous sweet-and-sour chutney to top your hot dog.

Pineapple-Habanero Relish

The fresh pineapple is key here: Its sweetness and acidity balance out the spicy blend of chiles. Stem and seed the chiles for a milder version, or keep the seeds for more heat.

Spicy Beer Mustard

Spicy Beer Mustard

Like most homemade mustards, this one spiked with dark beer tastes best after resting overnight, once the flavors have had time to mellow.

Burnt Honey Barbecue Sauce

Burnt Honey Barbecue Sauce
Jen Causey

All the classic smoky characters show up to the barbecue sauce party — tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, and chili powder — but they get a tasty transformation courtesy of the just-burnt honey.

Pickled Red Onions

These tangy-sweet onions are a fabulous addition to hot dogs, burgers, or other grilled meat.

Three-Chile Beef Chili

Three-Chile Beef Chili
© Fredrika Stjärne

With coffee, dark beer, smoky bacon, and three kinds of chiles, this is one deep, rich, spicy beef chili.

Aged Gouda Fondue

Aged Gouda Fondue with Caraway Croutons

© Ryan Robert Miller

Amp up your cheese dog with this terrific fondue. Opt for a pleasantly salty, nutty aged Gouda instead of a smoked variety.

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