Hot dog sauce - similar to the Coney island sauce

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Sep 15, 2012
Since we're going to my SILs on Sunday for a 4th of July party, and I'm not allowed to bring my pork shots. I decided to make up a batch of my hot dog sauce. It's pretty simple to make and usually goes over well with all age groups. I kept this batches heat index on the low side since there will be some folks in the under 5 category attending.

First up a shot of the ingredients:

This includes:
2 lbs of lean hamburger
3 cups of beef broth(I know the picture shows chicken broth, but I really did use beef)
2/3 diced med/large onion( your choice of onion)
2+ heaping teaspoons of minced garlic.
just under one teaspoon of celery seed
3 tablespoons of chili power
1.5 tablespoons of dark brown suger
1.5 teaspoons of cumin
2/3 cup of ketchup
2 squirts of yellow mustard
2 tablespoons of Worcester sauce
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
1 table spoon of your favorite slurry.
I salt to taste at the very end. Usually a pinch or two of Kosher salt.

Next step: put the meat in a large unheated pan add the beef broth, along with the rest of the ingredients.

With the pan still cold. Mix the ingredients together: The meat will start breaking down at this stage.

Once everything is incorporated turn the heat up to medium and bring the mixture to a simmer. Stirring occasionally.

Around the 45 min. mark it's starting to take form.

About an hour in. Give it a taste to see if you need to add more spices. I added some pepper, salt and squirt of ketchup. Then stir it in.

...and it's done:

Sorry no plated shots as the sauce will be served on Sunday. Over Mckenzies natural casing hot dogs with a topping of shredded cheddar cheese and mince raw onions. At least that will be on mine.

Appreciate you staying with me.



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Looks tasty Chris! I'm due to make a big batch of mine as folks want to buy some for the 4th celebrations and I used my last personal stash from the freezer.
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Looks tasty Chris! I'm due to make a big batch of mine as folks want to buy some for the 4th celebrations and I used my last personal stash from the freezer.
Thanks Jeff, That's the good thing about the sauce. It freezes well, so you can make bigger batches.
Oh man! I'll take a couple of dogs just as you said you like yours.

Appreciate it Jim, although it was made for tomorrow's party I have snuck in a few spoonfuls.

Sounds great! Ever try it on nachos of fritos?
Thanks BED, I haven't tried it on either, but I have put it on french fries. and it's gooooood.
Chris, what were meaning with "1 table spoon of your favorite slurry" ?
A slurry is just a thickening agent. I make it with cornstarch and cold water. It's basically a 1:2 ratio but I'll only add a tablespoon to the mix. I don't want it too thick. You can also use flour, but cornstarch is easier to remove the lumps.

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Interesting. Might have my wife make this .
Thanks Adam, you can jack it up with some hot sauce or your favorite pepper seasoning. I'll put a dash or two of cayenne pepper in it if it's just me eating it.

Looks good! Think I'd put it on a bun, maybe a slice of cheese, and a few thin Lays tater chips.

Appreciate it Ryan, I've put it over scrambled eggs before.


Or a burger! I love a good Coney cheeseburger. Perfect for smashburgers
I've never done smashburgers, but on a good bacon cheese burger it a winner.

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