Copycat JDawgs Sauce – Perfect for Any Grilling Recipes this Summer

This sticky and sweet sauce is a copy cat version of the famous JDawgs sauce and is the perfect topping for hot dogs, sausages, burgers, and more!


This sticky and sweet sauce is a copy cat version of the famouse JDawgs sauce and is the perfect topping for hot dogs, sausages, burgers, and more!


Unless you live in Utah (specifically in Utah County), or you attended BYU, you probably have never heard of J Dawgs. However, if you have heard of it, you know how absolutely delicious this place is — specifically because of their signature JDawgs’ sauce. It’s sweet, sticky, and pairs perfectly with just about any hot dog or sausage out there. Even if you’ve never even heard of the name JDawgs, you’ll definitely want to file away this recipe for all the BBQs you’ll probably have this summer .

When you go to JDawgs, you usually get to choose between a polish dog and a regular hot dog. Either is really yummy, and they are served on bakery fresh buns. I’m not usually a big fan of hot dogs, but I definitely make the exception for J Dawgs. We don’t go there often anymore, simply because it’s a little bit expensive. So Forrest and I thought we should try and make a copy cat JDawgs sauce!

We found a couple recipes online, and they were all pretty much the same (and very simple.) I read through the comments on one, though, and a lady said that they don’t use soy sauce in the sauce, but worchestire sauce. We made that small adjustment, and I have to say — I think it did the trick. As I was cooking the sauce on the stove, both Forrest and I felt like we were in JDawgs. And it honestly tasted exactly like we had just bought a container from the store.

I made the sauce and put it into a plastic condiment bottle, just like they do at JDawgs. It only took about five minutes. I had to let it cool down a little bit, so I cooked up the sausages on our indoor grill pan (it was raining so we couldn’t use our outdoor grill.)


As you can see, I made some criss-crosses across the sausages. This is what JDawgs always does — I have no idea why, but it looked cool. I also grilled up the buns on the grill pan, just for a minute on each side, to make them a little crispier. Yum!


I kept it simple and just drizzled some of the J dawgs’ sauce on top, but this would be a great opportunity to do a yummy sausage and peppers meal, throw on some grilled onions, or even some banana peppers (like they do at J Dawgs.) Whatever way you eat it, I promise, you’ll never want to eat a hot dog, sausage, or maybe any other grilling recipes without this sauce again!

This sticky and sweet sauce is a copy cat version of the famouse JDawgs sauce and is the perfect topping for hot dogs, sausages, burgers, and more!

Jack definitely approved…and I can hardly ever get him to eat hot dogs or sausages!

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Copycat J Dawgs Sauce – Perfect for Any Grilling Recipes this Summer


  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder


  1. Place all ingredients into a sauce pan and bring to a boil, stirring the whole time.
  2. Let boil about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Pour into bottle or container. Refrigerate when not using.

Recipe Notes

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  • I'm sad to say I live in Utah and have never heard of JDawgs but this sauce sounds fantastic! Going to have to make some for our family BBQ this weekend!
  • I love the criss cross pattern. What a great idea to let the steam out. We inevitably get exploding sausages. Trying this recipe at our next cookout.
  • Mmmmm this makes me miss BYU! And you even cut it like a J-Dawg! I used to work at the grill in the bowling alley at BYU campus, and we *tried* to make our hot dogs taste good like J-Dawgs. I will have to look into trying this! And I love Target Cartwheel!!
  • Oh my goodness, I have got to try that jdawgs sauce! We are new Utahns' (wasatch front area) so thank you for indoctrinating me to the beauty of this sauce. We are getting some Hillshire Farm goodies this week to try out. So I'm making this sauce too. The husband will be in heaven! #client.
  • It's worth a trip to the actual place if you have never been there! The sauce is amazing and the price is pretty cheap for a quarter pound dawg! They have 4 locations now Provo, Orem, American Fork and Lehi. Give it a try. I promise it won't disappoint!
  • I have never heard of JDawgs but I have hear of hot dogs LOL!! I am willing to try this I may add some hot sauce or cayenne pepper for a little kick
    • Thank you! It's really delicious. That was a mistake - thanks for pointing it out, I've been able to correct it so there are only two printable versions :)
  • Someone once told me the cross cross pattern was so they would cook faster. The other explanations here in the comments make sense too. Looove J-Dawgs! I remember standing in line all the way down to 820 N when they were still in the little red shack! Their sauce is amazing - I'm excited to try your copycat! ?