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Puka Dog Recipe

    Our recent trip to Poipu, Kauai, where we ate delicious Hawaiian-style hot dogs after boogie boarding at Brennecke’s Beach, gave us the idea for this dish. They’re a tropical take on an American classic. You will absolutely adore these!

    What do they call hot dogs in Hawaii?

    The most common varieties are Puka Dogs and Hula Dogs! This Hawaiian hot dog dish begins with freshly baked rolls that have been hollowed out with a hot poker. It is then stuffed with either Polish or vegan sausage. Final touches include their unique garlic-lemon sauce and your choice of tropical relishes. Since the hot poker is not readily available to the majority of home cooks, I suggest using this hot dog bun driller instead.

    How do you make a Puka Dog?

    Puka Dog Recipe

    Begin by preparing the Mustard and Garlic Lemon Sauce with Passion Fruit. I recommend purchasing Aunty Lilikoi’s Passion Fruit Mustard if you want to avoid an additional step. The eatery serves and sells the product. Additionally, they produce a Habanero Passion Fruit Mustard that is ideal for all those hot food enthusiasts.

    Next, you will hollow out a sandwich bun that has not been cut. Then load it with a Polish or veggie dog that has been grilled. Add passion fruit mustard, garlic lemon sauce, and a tropical fruit relish on the top of the dish. Yum!

    What is a Mango Dog?

    Puka Dog Recipe

    The Mango Dog is one of the most popular menu options at Puka Dog. This Hawaiian hot dog, known as the Kauai Special, is prepared with their unique mango relish, garlic-lemon sauce, and Aunty Lilikoi’s passion fruit mustard.

    If mango isn’t your thing, they offer a variety of other Hawaiian hot dogs. Pineapple relish is used to prepare the Pineapple Field Puka Dog. Banana relish is used to create the Waimea Canyon Puka Dog. Sunset on Polihale with Papaya Relish. Cruise along Na Pali with Star Fruit Relish Coconut Relish is used to create the Coconut Beach.

    You can choose classic ketchup, yellow mustard, Dijon mustard, or sweet pickle relish if you’re not feeling experimental.

    Is Hula Dog the same as Puka Dog?

    Yes! According to Wikipedia, Rick and Dominique Quinette created the Puka Dog firm in 2000. Rick retained Puka Dog after the couple’s divorce, while Dominique gained control of the Oahu shops and business. The expansion of Hula Dog to Southern California and Maui. However, Puka Dogs are only found in Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands.

    Hula Dog provides Lilikoi and Guava mustards, whereas Puka Dog employs Aunty Lilikoi passion fruit mustard. In addition, Hula Dog offers three bread options: white, wheat, and bacon taro. There is only one white bun option at Puka Dog.

    Does Kings Hawaiian make hot dog buns?

    Puka Dog Recipe

    Indeed, they do! If you want to make a true Hawaiian Puka Dog, you should use a normal roll. The buns at Puka Dog are not as sweet as the rolls at King’s Hawaiian. However, I’m certain they would be delicious in this dish!

    If you decide to prepare all of the sauces in the following recipes, I suggest purchasing plastic squeeze condiment bottles to store them in.

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    • 6 white rolls or regular hot dog buns
    • 6 Polish Sausages or Vegan Brats (such as Beyond Sausage)

    Passion Fruit Mustard

    • 2 cups passion fruit puree
    • 2 tablespoons dry English mustard
    • 1 teaspoon water
    • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

    Garlic Lemon Sauce

    • 1 head garlic minced
    • 2 tsp olive oil
    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 tsp lemon juice
    • Cayenne pepper to taste (optional)

    Mango Relish

    • 1 mango peeled and diced
    • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
    • ½ red bell pepper chopped
    • 3 tablespoons chopped red onion
    • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
    • Juice of 1 lime
    • 1 teaspoon honey
    • 1 jalapeno stemmed and seeded (optional)

    Spicy Pineapple Relish

    • 1/4 cup crushed canned pineapple
    • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
    • 1/4 cup whole-grain mustard
    • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
    • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
    • 1 clove minced garlic
    • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
    • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil


    Mango Relish

    Add the ingredients for the Mango Relish to a food processor and pulse until smooth. Season as desired. Place the mixture in a basin and refrigerate.

    Pineapple Relish

    In a blender or food processor, combine ingredients until smooth. Season as desired. Place the mixture in a basin and refrigerate.

    Garlic Lemon Sauce

    Remove the top of the head of the garlic to expose the cloves. Place on an aluminum foil sheet and sprinkle with olive oil. To taste, season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake garlic at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 60 minutes, or until tender. Once the garlic has cooled, take the cloves from their husks and mash them until creamy. Whisk together the mayonnaise and lemon juice to mix. To make something spicy, add cayenne pepper to taste and blend thoroughly. Place the mixture in a basin and refrigerate.

    Passion Fruit Mustard

    Simmer the passion fruit puree in a small saucepan over medium heat until it thickens and reduces. Separately strain and set aside. Next, combine the dry mustard and water with a whisk until the paste forms. Add mustard and the saved passion fruit puree. season with salt to taste. Place the mixture in a basin and refrigerate.


    • Separate condiment bottles with relish, garlic sauce, and mustard with passion fruit.
    • Create a hole in the center of each roll with the bun driller, or slice it like you would a standard hot dog bun for convenience. It will make the process of adding condiments much more manageable.
    • Approximately 5 to 7 minutes are required to completely cook the sausages on a grill.
    • Place a sausage in each roll and top with garlic lemon sauce, mustard made with passion fruit, and mango relish.

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