Florida Dining: Jersey Dawg


Jersey Dawg Food Truck
(305) 582-8849

Web Site: http://www.jerseydawg.com

Twitter: @jerseydawg201

Jersey Dawg Food Truck, parked in the Shell Station on the corner of Cypress Creek Road and Powerline in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

I’m frequently asked, “Is there life after Jersey?”

It was almost one year ago that Rachel and I packed up what remained of our belongings and set forth in a Volkswagen to South Florida. We got on the New Jersey Turnpike, and drove until it became I-95.

A week later, we found ourselves in the Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach area. Which we now call home.

I’ve made my choice and I’m very happy with it. The weather is fantastic, I have a lovely home. The food down here is great. I have no complaints.

Well, maybe one or two.

There are certain types of food items that are either difficult or impossible to find in South Florida. You either have to go to great lengths to get them, or they just plain do not exist. And there’s certain things I fully accepted I would never have again, unless I returned home.

Like New Jersey-style hot dogs and sliders.

I mean, you don’t even think such a thing would exist here, so you don’t go looking for it. Sure, we have some really good burger and dog places. We even have a food blogger down here that specializes in it. He’s practically a celeb.

But these are substitutes and not full-blown replacements. The only way you can replicate this kind of food is to have the exact ingredients and to prepare it exactly the same way. By someone who is intimately familiar with such things.

So when I heard about Jersey Dawg, a new food truck that recently started doing Jersey-style hot dogs and sliders, I couldn’t wait. I hadn’t had either one in a year.

Yes, fairy tales can come true. It can happen to you. Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link below for more. 

Any questions?

Rob Goodman, Jersey Dawg’s owner. He saved up for six years to buy this truck and realize his dream of bringing Jersey-style burgers and dogs to South Florida.

“You want my dog, chump? Fuhgedaboudit.”

To properly replicate a Jersey-style dog you need the right type of hot dogs. These are Thumann’s, specifically formulated for deep frying. They are made in Jersey and have a special “plumping” ingredient which causes them to expand and rip out out the casing when cooked. The Thumann’s hot dog is used by a lot of places in Northern New Jersey, and it’s a beef and pork hybrid.

This is what is meant by “Ripper”. This particular dog was ordered as a “Weller” or well-done. The next phase after that is “Cremator.”

Two ripper dogs with home-made relish.

Two with onions.

Rob manning the deep fryer.

Jersey Strong, baby.

Al Fresco dining at the food truck.

The menu.

A happy customer with chili fries.

Chili has always been a staple of New Jersey hot dog restaurants. Every place has its own unique formulation, but what is consistent about them is that the chili is more of a “sauce” and they are beanless. Jersey Dawg’s chili is on the sweet side, meant to evoke the type served at some well-known establishments in Bergen County.

With cheese, of course.

Ripper with “The Works.” Mustard, Chili, Onions, Cheese, Relish. Order this and you’d better be wearing a T-shirt that you’re not particularly fond of.

This is what I’m talking about.

I just thought you might want to see that again.

Another satisfied customer.

It should probably be noted that you cannot make a true Jersey Dog without Martin’s Potato Rolls.

If Jersey Dog only had hot dogs, as we Jews say “It would have been sufficient.” But Rob makes Jersey-style sliders as well.

I did a double-take the first time I saw this plate.

It’s a beautiful thing, isn’t? Look at that and tell me it doesn’t look like it belongs in a little place down the street from the Bergen County courthouse in Hackensack.

Welcome to Florida, Jersey Sliders.

12 Responses to Florida Dining: Jersey Dawg

  1. John Fox says:

    Yep; those be the special Thumanns dogs made for deep frying. They contain semolina and soy protein concentrate and are 80% pork. The regular grillers are about 75% pork and do not contain these 2 extra ingredients. Glad you can get them in Florida. A guy in California also serves these dogs. The place is Fab’s in Reseda. And of course Crif Dogs in New York.

  2. John Fox says:

    A little expensive for a ripper at $3.50. Rutts charges $2.

  3. jonhlurie says:

    Clearly there’s shipping expenses involved in getting those Thumanns to Florida. Makes sense they’d cost more. Maybe $1.50 extra is a bit sharp of a premium, but I guess they can’t all be Costco dogs in terms of how cheap they are.

    • He could probably get the cost down if he used another type of hot dog. But nobody in the South makes a ripper dog similar to a Thumann’s formulated precisely for this application. Maybe if he used an all-beef like a Best, but he’d have to find a comparable all-beef down South.

    • Costco actually manufactures its own dogs in order to get them so cheap at volume. They literally own their own meat processing facility. That’s how much volume they do. They used to have other companies make dogs for them, but not anymore.

  4. Thank u Rob for bringing New Jersey to FL.

  5. Also Rutts uses 8 to 1 pound and Jersey Dawg uses 6 to a pound.

    • Yeah, I thought these were bigger dogs than the ones at Rutts.

      Did you ever look at using dogs made down here? Or was it just impossible to find the right product that would produce a similar result?

  6. To me using another dog would be sacrilege.

    • Hahaha. True, true. But in Jersey various other places use Best and other all-beef dogs made by Marathon Meats (Sabrett). There’s also Schickhaus and the things Windmill down at the shore uses, which I think is also a custom-blended Marathon product.

      The Thumann’s to my knowledge is the only one that is actually designed to rip when deep-fried.

  7. Exactly and I grew up on Hiram’s so to me when you say ripper or deep fried dawg, it can only be one way. When are you going to be in the area again? I am working on some good new items.

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