Downtown Tulsa's dancing hot dog man


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Reported by: Janna Clark
Updated: 11/27/2012 9:04 am Published: 11/26/2012 10:34 pm


You could call it a jig or maybe a shuffle. It's some kind of a dance move. Tim Karman says it just comes out of him when he slathers on his special sauce.

Most weekdays, Tim rolls his cart and parks it downtown to sell TNT Dyno dogs - a traditional New York style hot dog with a twist.

Tim cooks the hot dogs in what he calls "dirty water." It's an industry term, and he learned from some of the best - hot dog vendors in New York City.

"It comes from the old hot dogs carts of way back when," Tim said.

The water starts out clean, but Tim adds some secret spices and ingredients, and as he cooks more hot dogs, the "dirty water" gets more flavorful. And so do the dogs.

"The longer they're in there the better they get," Tim said.

To make them original - he adds his own Dyno sauce - a hot sauce that can be mild, hot, or super hot.

"I don't know anybody who does it the way I do it," Tim said.

Tim never dreamed of being a hot dog vendor. For years, he worked as what he calls an "tech guy". But at age 46, Tim tossed his computer degree aside and decided to do something completely different.

"I don't like to sit still," Tim said, laughing.

At three dollars per hot dog, he's not getting rich. But Tim says what he found is worth a lot.

"It's fun... talking, joking with people, and I just love people. It's just a natural fit," Tim said.

Tim started his business in April, setting up at events around Green Country. But now he's picked a more permanent spot - between the Bank of Oklahoma Tower and the Center of the Universe - right in front of the Jazz Hall of Fame downtown.

He admits some days it's slow, but people are starting to find out about him and his hot dogs.

"Some people it's like a cult following where they hunt us down," Tim said.

TNT Dyno Dogs is typically set up Tuesday through Fridays from 11 am - 2 pm.

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Mayor Maynot - 11/27/2012 3:35 PM
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too much dogma for me after you get to the dirty water. Keep your special juices and your hot dog dancing. At three dollars a dog in the cold makes Bob's Burgers @ 15th & Denver look a whole lot better.

BensCarts - 11/27/2012 11:22 AM
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Great story and I love that cart and umbrella! Good job Tim!
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