Detroit Coney Sauce

Sep 21st, 2009 | By | Category: Featured, Recipes

In the area the king of the dogs is the one who can master the .  Detroiters like their hotdogs many ways but a with sauce is the clear winner.  Almost every city in the Detroit area has a Island restaurant with all of them featuring their own blend of tasty sauce.  The condiments of choice are onions and mustard.   Now don’t be confused by the Flint sauce.  That’s a completely different type of sauce.  We’ll talk about that one at another time.

For now, try this tasty recipe for coney sauce.  It’l surely make you a Detroit coney sauce fan.

2 lbs ground beef
2 8oz cans tomato paste
2 cups water
1 tsp ginger
1 tbsp cumin
1 ½ tbsp chili powder
¾ tbsp paprika
¾ tsp onion powder
½ tsp garlic salt
½ tsp celery seed
¼ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground pepper
6 oz Heinz ketchup
2 tbsp spicy brown mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 cup finely chopped onion and another 2 cups that do not go into the recipe.
The Process
1) Put all measured dry ingredients above into a small bowl and mix well, set aside.
2) Brown the ground beef while breaking it into the smallest pieces possible, drain most of the grease, leave a little.
3) Add tomato paste and water directly to the pan with the beef, medium heat, combine well.
4) Sprinkle all dry ingredients evenly into beef/tomato paste mixture while keeping a medium to low heat.
5) Add all other remaining ingredients to pan and stir/mix well. Remember, only 1 cup onion goes in.
6) Slow simmer for at least 1 hour, adding water as necessary so as not to dry out or burn.
Your final sauce should have enough consistency so it does not drip or get too runny, yet thin enough not to clump into a ball. 

Place your on the bun and top with the sauce.  Sprinkle onions on top and then add a line or two of mustard.  Enjoy!

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  1. Try They have spice mixtures for Detroit and Flint style coney sauces. Both excellent, but I believe their Flint style is closer to the original than the Detroit one.

  2. There is no tomato paste or ketchup in Detroit Coney sauce. Try again

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